Grants

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Image of artist David Rue performing on a staircase for Bellwether in the Bellevue Botanical Gardens. Image by Jordan Rennick and Brandon Freeman, Front Runner Films.

We work with artists and organizations to ensure that Bellevue is a great place where each year over 6,000 artists and volunteers can live up to their creative potential, over half a million attendees experience innovative art and diverse cultural traditions and thousands of people are supported with free access to these experiences and other educational opportunities.

Types of Support

We offer annual operating support to organizations through Eastside Arts Partnerships, one-time project support to artists and groups through Special Projects, and capacity-building for organizations through Power Up. Explore our funding programs below or use our program flowchart to determine which program is best for you.

Apply for 2022 Grants (application opens late Summer 2021)

Apply here and manage all grant applications and submissions of letters of intent (instructions on how to use the portal).

Guidelines published July 12, 2021
Application Portal Opens August 16
Letter of Intent Due September 20
Application Due October 11
Award Acceptance Due January 10, 2022

We partner with nonprofit organizations to offer high-quality arts, cultural and heritage programs in Bellevue. EAP provides operating support to bring the arts to the community, recognizing the value the arts bring to our quality of life, the education and development of our children, the vitality of our businesses, and our sense of connection to the community. Applicants can request up to $5,000 as a Community Partner or up to $10,000 as a Pro Partner. Please see the 2021 Grant Guidelines for more information.

2021 Grant Application - Closed

  • Letter of Intent deadline: 11:59 pm PST, September 21, 2020
  • Full Application deadline: 11:59 pm PST, October 5, 2020
  • Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations with at least two consecutive years of delivering arts, cultural and heritage programs and services in Bellevue (2019 and 2020).

Download: 2021 Grant Guidelines for Eastside Arts Partnerships

We help Eastside Arts Partners to "Power Up" to reach the next level of organizational development through capacity-building. The program provides project funding, a learning community and technical assistance. Applicants can request up to $5,000 and matching funds are highly encouraged.

Take this free organizational assessment to understand if you have the basics of nonprofit management firmly in place to begin to build capacity.

2021 Grant Application - Closed

  • Letter of Intent deadline: 11:59 pm PST, September 21, 2020
  • Full Application deadline: 11:59 pm PST, October 5, 2020
  • Eligibility: Organizations that apply for a 2021 Eastside Arts Partnership grant are eligible to apply for a 2021 Power Up grant. Organizations that have received Power Up support in the past are not eligible.

Download: 2021 Grant Guidelines for Power Up (and Eastside Arts Partnerships)

We encourage innovative projects by artists and communities that fill in cultural gaps and inspire new forms of creative participation, particularly for under-served groups. Applicants can generally request up to $3,000 for their special project.

2021 Grant Application - Closed

  • Letter of Intent deadline: 11:59 pm PST, September 21, 2020
  • Full Application deadline: 11:59 pm PST, October 5, 2020
  • Eligibility: Individual artists, businesses, or nonprofit organizations that will deliver an art, cultural, or heritage project in Bellevue.

Download: 2021 Grant Guidelines for Special Projects