Seattle Foundation
Deadline: 8/17/2018, 5 PM

Creative Equity Fund administered by Seattle Foundation supports arts and culture-based strategies that build racial justice and address the structural racism impacting our communities.

Arts and culture are powerful tools for engaging the community in collective change. They ignite civil discourse, inspire action, and help us imagine and advocate for a just world. Underlying many of the most pressing issues in our community are the effects of structural racism. From housing and homelessness to education and health, people of color in our community experience disproportionately negative outcomes across a wide range of areas. The Creative Equity Fund was co-designed by a team of community members of color with experience in the arts and philanthropy. A collaborative of funders — ArtsFund, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Foundation, Macklemore and The Boeing Company – created the initial framework and the Fund is administered by Seattle Foundation.

Eligibility: Organization must be based in King County, be an established 501(c)(3) charitable organization or be fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and must have two thirds people of color on your board and staff OR for a volunteer-led organization, your leadership must be at least two thirds people of color. It is not required for organizations to be arts- and culture-based to apply. However, projects must utilize arts and cultural strategies to combat systematic racism and promote racial justice.

Funding: The Creative Equity Fund aims to direct at least $100,000 per year over three years to strengthen and expand creative approaches to racial justice.

Funded projects will use arts and cultural strategies to build racial equity by telling the story of structural racism related to one or more pressing issue affecting our community. This may include intersections with other forms of oppression, engaging people in experiences that imagine a just and liberated world, and/or Growing community power in the face of a current or impending racial injustice.

Application:  The application and guidelines are available at Seattle Foundation


The Creative Equity Fund webinar
Thursday, July 26 from 11a.m. – 12p.m.

In-person workshop
Monday, August 6 from 4 – 5 p.m.
The 2100 Building (Community Room B)
2100 24th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144
RSVP here

Info: Please contact Seattle Foundation Philanthropic Services at or 206-515-2111