Washington's Capital Budget at Work in Your Community

You may not think about the Department of Commerce when your school gets a new HVAC system to improve comfort  and save heating costs. Or when the neighborhood senior center is expanded. Or a downtown building is redeveloped to provide affordable housing with a daycare center and job training rooms, all located near public transit and parks. Some of our most visible work is the result of reimbursement-style grants we provide to local governments and nonprofit organizations to help communities build and improve a wide range of public facilities to meet their needs and aspirations. All of these programs are funded by the sale of state bonds. Funding reaches the community through several competitive grant programs or capital projects introduced by the Governor or the Legislature.

Building Communities Fund

The front of the University Heights School

State grants are available to nonprofit, community-based organizations to defray eligible capital costs to acquire, construct, renovate or rehabilitate nonresidential community and social service centers.

Read more about the Building Communities Fund…

Building for the Arts

The interior of a renovated Washington State theater

Since 1991, the state has awarded award grants to nonprofit performing arts, art museum and cultural organizations.

2019-2021 Building for the Arts Ranked List

Read more about Building for the Arts…

Youth Recreational Facilities

State grants are available to nonprofit organizations to help defray eligible capital costs for acquisition, construction and renovation of nonresidential youth recreational facilities.

2019-2021 Youth Recreational Facilities Ranked List

Read more about Youth Recreational Facilities…

Early Learning Facilities Program

Children in a classroom with learning materials

Commerce will issue capital grants through a competitive process to K-12 school districts and eligible organizations to create additional early learning facilities. The Early Learning Facilities program supports Washington’s commitment of developing more high quality early learning opportunities for low-income children. 

Read more about Early Learning Facilities Program…

Behavioral Health Facilities

These grants help pay for construction and equipment costs to support new or established behavioral health facilities, such as community hospital inpatient psychiatric beds, free-standing evaluation and treatment, triage and crisis stabilization facilities.

Read more about Behavioral Health Facilities…

Need help?

Tony Hanson
Managing Director
Tony.Hanson@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-725-3005


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