Application deadline: 11/20/2019, 5 PM

The Arc Artist Fellowship provides unrestricted $12,000 awards for King County artists, as well as promotional support through the 4Culture website. We know that artists value unrestricted funding above all other types of support. It allows artists to apply funds when and where it’s most needed as they develop their practice. We envision artists using Arc Artist Fellowship funds to offset expenses related to things like rent or mortgage payments, childcare, health care, transportation, food, space rental, legal support, equipment, materials, workshop fees, residencies, and more.

Each year, current Fellows will help shape the next funding cycle.


This is a competitive grant program open to individual artists.

  • You must be a resident of King County.
  • You must meet the 2020 Arc Eligibility Requirement, as defined below.*
  • You may not be current 4Culture staff, Board, or Advisory Committee Member.
  • You may not have previously received funding through a Community 4Culture award or the Arc Artist Fellowship.

* The Arc Artist Fellowship has an additional eligibility requirement that changes annually. This year, eligible applicants are artists over 40 years of age who identify as trans. 4Culture envisions a vibrant county where culture is essential and accessible to all. We use the term “trans” in its most inclusive sense, encompassing transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, Two-Spirit people, and anyone whose gender identity or gender expression is nonconforming.

2020 Fellows will assist in determining the Arc Eligibility Requirement of the next year’s Fellowship.


Funds will be awarded through a competitive process, carefully evaluating each application. For this particular grant, a peer review panel will evaluate your application based on the following:

  • How well you convincingly express what continues to inspire your work as an artist.
  • How clearly you outline your plan to reach your creative goals in the next three years.
  • Your expertise, training and/or creative experiences that have helped you develop your art.
  • A past or in-process project or presentation of your work that you elect to highlight in detail.
  • How well your work samples support the above criteria.

Application and Assistance

For more information, application, and tutorials, click here.

Also, there will be workshops at 4Culture offices, 101 Prefontaine Place S, Seattle on Tuesday, October 29, 12-1 PM and also on Thursday, November 7, 5-6 PM. If you’d like to meet program managers and have your questions answered. Or contact 4Culture staff members Heather Dwyer – heather.dwyer@4culture.org or 206-263-1597 or Melissa Newbill – melissa.newbill@4culture.org or 206-263-1603 if you have further questions.