Apply today for 2013 Tacoma community arts funding

The City of Tacoma is now accepting Arts Projects funding applications from eligible organizations producing publicly accessible arts programming within Tacoma city limits in 2013. Arts Projects funding ranges from $1,000 to $5,000 and is used to support community projects that focus on the arts. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Dec. 6, 2012.

Applicants are encouraged to attend a free workshop, which explains and addresses questions about the application and funding process. The workshop will be held Nov. 8 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St., Room 434.

Past funding has supported a variety of projects including but not limited to arts components of festivals; arts workshops; dance, theater, and music performances; youth-focused arts programming; arts-focused cultural and historical events; exhibits; and literary events. Funded events must take place between Jan. 21, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2013.

Eligibility extends to private non-profit agencies with a 501(c) designation; organized groups of community volunteers (such as a business district or neighborhood council with an advisory body, business license and organizational bank account); and for-profit businesses with an arts mission proposing a unique project designed specifically for public benefit that is not for profit. Applicants are required to have offices within Tacoma or if they have no office, a majority of the applicant’s activities must take place within the Tacoma city limits. Other eligibility requirements apply; see guidelines for complete terms.

Funding for Arts Projects is determined through a competitive application process. Actual contract amounts will be based upon availability of funds and the review of each application as measured against evaluation criteria detailed in the guidelines. No funding is guaranteed until official approval of the budget by Tacoma City Council.

Organizations interested in applying for Arts Projects funding can read about past funded projects and download the guidelines and application form at Application forms are also available by calling (253) 591-5191 or emailing