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2021 Community Arts Projects Funding

Application for 2021 Community Arts Projects Funding Now Available


September 22, 2020



Tammi Bryant, Tacoma Venues and Events, tbryant@tacomavenues.org, (425) 343-2462
Maria Lee, Media and Communications, maria.lee@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-2054


Application for 2021 Community Arts Projects Funding Now Available

--Free Workshop Regarding Application and Funding Process on October 8---

The City of Tacoma is now accepting Community Arts Projects funding applications from eligible organizations producing publicly accessible arts programming, across all artistic disciplines, within Tacoma city limits in 2021. Applicants can apply for a flat amount of either $3,000 or $6,000 for their project. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 PM on November 9, 2020.

Community Arts Projects funding can be used for a variety of projects including, but not limited to, artistic presentations, activities, kits, tutorials, workshops, experiences, or projects that are accessible to the general public – either physically (within state and local health regulations) and/or virtually. Funded projects must take place between January 1 - December 31, 2021.

Eligibility extends to private non-profit agencies with a 501(c) designation, organized groups of community volunteers, educational institutions or for-profit businesses wishing to produce not-for-profit arts functions, and federally-recognized tribes or Native non-profits. Applicants are required to have offices within Tacoma or, if they have no offices, a majority of their activities must take place within Tacoma city limits. Other eligibility requirements apply. See guidelines for complete terms.

In alignment with Tacoma City Council Resolution 40622, the Tacoma Arts Commission is committed to sustained and transformational anti‐racist work, including investing in communities most impacted by racial, social, and economic inequity. This includes emerging and grassroots groups directly serving their communities. The Tacoma Arts Commission is committed to addressing historic and structural inequity through funding opportunities as we work toward justice for all. Community Arts Projects funding will be prioritized for applicants who meet one or more of the following:


  • Organizations whose primary intentions, practices, and mission are by, for, and about BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color)/ALAANA (African, Latinx, Arab, Asian, Native-American) communities
  • Organizations that primarily serve low income communities
  • Organizations that primarily serve LGBTQIA+ communities
  • Projects/strategies that focus on racial justice and/or social justice
  • Organizations that will use Community Arts Projects funding to directly pay BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color)/ALAANA (African, Latinx, Arab, Asian, Native-American) artists to create work that is central to the project
  • Emergent community needs related to the global pandemic 


Funding for Community Arts Projects is determined through a competitive application process. The number of projects funded will be based on the availability of funds and review of each application as measured against the evaluation criteria detailed in the guidelines. No funding is guaranteed until official approval of the budget by Tacoma City Council.

More details, including access to the online application form, are available at cityoftacoma.org/artsopps.

Application guidelines are also available by calling (253) 591-5191 or emailing nstromavila@cityoftacoma.org.

Applicants are encouraged to attend a free workshop, which explains and addresses questions about the application and funding process. The workshop will be held virtually on October 8, 2020, from 5:30 – 7 PM at https://tinyurl.com/y3gk5zku. This workshop will be recorded and posted at