Hope Corps Funding Program

Seattle Office of Arts & Culture
Deadline: 6/6/2022

Unemployment and underemployment have devastated the creative sector. Hope Corps is a work program created to provide economic and social opportunities for Seattle’s extensive creative workforce. The program, somewhat inspired by the New Deal’s Works Progress Administration, centers Seattle’s Black, Brown, Indigenous, Asian, and diaspora community and meets civic needs such as public health and food security by employing artists, cultural and creative workers whose ability to work has been disrupted due to COVID-19. This opportunity is open to residents of King County, but the work must be completed within Seattle city limits.

Individual artists, creative workers, community groups, and arts and cultural organizations are eligible to apply for Hope Corps funding, ranging from $15,000 – $300,000, for the following project focus areas:

  • Public Health
  • Mental Health and Healing
  • Food Security
  • Media, Journalism and Storytelling
  • Social Connection and Belonging
  • Arts Education

Applications for project concepts should:

  1. Generate career opportunities for the local creative workforce, and
  2. Contribute to the well-being and resiliency of our communities, over the course of either 6 or 12 months.

Please read the guidelines for full details on Hope Corps. They include eligibility, funding requirements, and evaluation criteria. You can also preview the application here without having to set up a Submittable account. An info session will be held on Monday, May 23, 6-7 PM so you can learn more about the project. There will be draft application feedback sessions on Friday, May 27, 11 AM – 1 PM and Tuesday, May 31, 4-6 PM.

Hope Corps project concepts could include:

  • Artists-in-residence at schools, in business districts or neighborhoods
  • Free performances and arts activations that engage the public
  • Free art workshops, lessons, or presentations at community gathering places or online
  • Community dialogue, healing circles, social practice
  • Capturing current moment in history – audio/visual/written documentation, historical records, community narratives
  • Creative campaigns or other outputs that address any of the six Hope Corps focus areas
  • Sustain existing paid or unpaid creative, educational, research, and service work that supports any focus area


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