Tacoma Creates now accepting funding applications

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Tacoma Creates now accepting funding applications in two categories: ComprehensiveOrganizational support (application deadline: Feb. 28) and Impact Funding (application deadline: March 18). 

Detailed eligibility criteria, program and application guidelines, and access to the online application forms are available atcityoftacoma.org/tacomacreates.

Funding will be determined through a competitive application process and is intended to help eligible non-profit arts, culture, heritage and science organizations expand equitable access to public programs, increase opportunities in neighborhoods throughout Tacoma, expand educational options for youth, and build sustainability for continued services.

Eligible organizations are encouraged to attend one of the following workshops, which will explain how the application process works and how to develop a strong application.

Impact Funding Application Workshops:

  • Thursday, Feb. 13, 5:30-7 p.m. at Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St., Room 243. Nearest bus routes are 1, 11, 13, 16; paid street parking available. 
  • Saturday, Feb. 15, 10-11:30 a.m. at Centro Latino, 1208 S. 10th St. Nearest bus stops are 28, 57; free parking available. 
  • Tuesday, Feb. 18, 5-6:30 p.m. at Moore Library, 215 S. 56th St. Nearest bus stops are 1, 56; free parking available. 

Comprehensive Organizational Support Application Workshop:

  • Thursday, Feb. 6, 5-6:30 p.m. at Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St., Room 243. Nearest bus routes are 1, 11, 13, 16; paid street parking available.

A webinar will be on Thursday, Feb. 13, 10-11 a.m. See the Application Support section at cityoftacoma.org/tacomacreates for access instructions.

Organizations that apply for Comprehensive Organizational Support funding may request up to 15 percent of their total annual budget, based on actual income in their most recently completed fiscal year, up to a maximum of $400,000 per calendar year. Applicants in this category must provide a wide range of ongoing cultural programs.  Applications for Comprehensive Organizational Support must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28. 
To be eligible, organizations applying in this category must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in the city of Tacoma, whose primary purpose is to advance and/or preserve arts, culture, heritage and/or science. They must also have a two-year history of providing public programs in Tacoma.

 Organizations that apply for Impact Funding may request a minimum of $3,000, and up to $50,000 per year for a single program or multiple programs. Applications for Impact Funding must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18. 

To be eligible, organizations applying in this category must be located in the city of Tacoma, have a primary purpose to advance and/or preserve arts, culture, heritage and/or science, and must provide public programs in Tacoma; they may be a non-profit organization or have a fiscal sponsor. There are additional eligibility categories for active Business District Associations and Neighborhood Councils recognized by the City of Tacoma, Affiliate Cultural Organizations within a larger non-profit, and organizations that are based in Pierce County but whose work primarily happens in Tacoma.  Please refer tocityoftacoma.org/tacomacreates for complete eligibility information. 

The number of contracts awarded, and the funding amount for each contract, will be based on the availability of funds and review of each application by a review panel based on the evaluation criteria detailed in Tacoma Creates’ established guidelines. The contract Funding period runs June 1-30. 

Questions about Tacoma Creates Funding programs may be directed to ljaret@cityoftacoma.org or nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org. Requests to receive this information in alternate formats may be directed to cgines@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5174.

More information about Tacoma Creates is available at cityoftacoma.org/tacomacreates.

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