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Funding for wintertime community events through Arts in Parks

What: Funding for Winter Community Events in City of Seattle parks.
Amount: up to $1,000.
Application Deadline: by 5 p.m. Friday, November 18, 2016.
Events must be completed by Tuesday, December 27, 2016.
Contact: or 206-684-0775.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce a funding opportunity for wintertime events in city parks. Individuals and community groups can request up to $1,000 in funding for events that have a significant arts component and which engage underserved communities. The events must be completed by late December 2016, and awardees must submit a final invoice with receipts and accompanying documentation by Tuesday, December 27, 2016. 

The Arts in Parks Program is an opportunity for the city to invest in the vibrant cultural work being done in and by diverse communities throughout Seattle. This pilot program supports neighborhood arts councils and community-based groups that are seeking to activate Seattle Parks with new and established festivals or events that promote arts and cultural participation, celebrate our diversity, build community connections, through arts and culture while connecting with underserved communities including immigrant and refugee communities, communities of color, low-income communities and LGBTQ communities. 

Who can apply:
• Individuals, artists, neighborhood arts councils and local community-based groups are eligible.
• Organizations and individual artists representing communities of color are encouraged to apply.
• Groups applying are not required to be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit nor are they required to use a fiscal agent.
If funded, groups will need to have or acquire a City of Seattle Business License, and insurance for the event as specified in the Parks Use Permit form (these can be part of the project’s budget).

Qualifying projects must:
• Have a significant arts and culture component,
• Be free and open to the public,
• Provide a platform for under-represented artists and communities,
• Adhere to Seattle Park’s mission statement (see below),
• And take place in a City of Seattle park (Downtown parks are not eligible – see the list below).

“Seattle Parks and Recreation provides welcoming and safe opportunities to play, learn, contemplate and build community, and promotes responsible stewardship of the land.”

Goals of the Arts in Parks Program are to support and increase the presence of art in public spaces – specifically in public parks, to increase engagement of historically underserved communities in the program, and to support and increase the number of positive, family-friendly events that build community, celebrate diversity, and promote arts and cultural participation.

Proposals submitted to the program will be evaluated on the following criteria:
• Quality of Project: Clear, well-conceived, authentic relationship to the community, promotes arts participation and community relations.
• Community Impact: Project plan describes meaningful efforts to create community participation and reach diverse and underserved audiences.
• Feasibility: The project should demonstrate it has the people involved that it needs to be successful in producing the event; evidence of community involvement and support; and a clear realistic budget.

Applicants must submit the following three documents at the same time. An application will not be considered complete until all three documents are received:
1. Wintertime Community Events project application.
2. City of Seattle Parks Use Permit Application (does not need to be pre-approved by Events Scheduling).
3. A City of Seattle Parks Fee Waiver Request.

Application documents should be submitted to Randy Wiger by:
1. Email documents, or scans of documents to:
2. Postal Mail or hand deliver documents to:
Seattle Parks and Recreation
ATTN: Randy Wiger
4209 W. Marginal Way SW – Westbridge Facility
Seattle, WA 98106

Applications will be received starting October 31 and ending at 5 p.m. on Friday, November 18, 2016.
Applicants will be notified of their project status within 5 business days of when their application was received.

We’re here to help! Contact Randy Wiger at 206-684-0775 or

• Does having a performer or musician as part of the event qualify as a significant arts and culture component? Yes.

• Must the event take place outdoors and in a city park? Yes.

• Are there parks which are not eligible for holding an event funded by this program? Yes.

Only City of Seattle parks are eligible sites for these events. Please visit to look up a specific park to insure it is a City of Seattle park.
• Also, downtown city parks are NOT ELIGIBLE for events funded by this program. Here is a list:
1. Belltown P-Patch and Cottages (Elliott Ave & Wall St.)
2. Cascade Playground (Thomas St. and Pontius Ave. N)
3. City Hall Park (Third Avenue and Yesler Way)
4. Freeway Park (Seventh Avenue and Seneca Street)
5. Hing Hay Park (Maynard Avenue S & S Jackson Street)
6. International Children’s Park (7th Ave. S &S Lane St.)
7. Kobe Terrace (Maynard Ave. S and S Main St.)
8. McGraw Square
9. Myrtle Edwards Park (3130 Alaskan Way W)
10. Occidental Square (Occidental Ave S & S Main Street)
11. Pier 62-63 and Waterfront Park (1951 Alaskan Way and 1301 Alaskan Way)   
12. Pioneer Square Park
13. Plymouth Pillars Park (Boren Ave. and Pike St.)
14. Prefontaine Place
15. Regrade Park (Third Ave. and Blanchard St.)
16. South Lake Union Park (Terry Avenue N and Valley Street)
17. Tilikum Place
18. Union Station Square
19. Victor Steinbrueck Park (Western Ave & Virginia Street)
20. Washington Street Boat Landing
21. Westlake Park (Fourth Avenue and Pine Street)
22. Westlake Square 

• Are there items for which program funding cannot be used for? Yes.
Program funds cannot be used for:
– Fundraising
– Religious services
– Gifts or Awards
– Administrative costs unrelated to the funded activity
– Purchase of equipment
Program funding can be used for many items such as:
– Artist fees
– Marketing
– Project management
– Project personnel costs
– Supplies, equipment rentals
– Park permit and insurance (see permits documents)
– Food (up to 10% of amount awarded)