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King County is launching a one-time grant program to deliver $1.9 million in relief funds to support the re-opening of festivals and events held within King County.

Since March 2020, at least 700 events in King County have been cancelled, including music festivals, cultural festivals, community events, parades, fireworks celebrations, heritage events, film, food and craft festivals, agricultural events, and more. These events and festivals contribute to the cultural fabric and vibrancy of the community and are a critical component of regional tourism and the local economy. In addition to event and festival producers, countless vendors—many of whom are small business owners and employees—were also impacted by event and festival cancellations, including events vendors, managers, promoters, producers, designers, set-up crews, stage technicians, and events rental providers. 

The King County Festival and Events Grant Program aims to address the needs of event and festival producers seeking to reestablish community activities, events, festivals, and celebrations in a safe environment, while engaging residents and tourists throughout the County and employing event workers, working creatives, and culture bearers.

This program consists of two categories of grants, to be awarded competitively:

Large festivals and events – Events characterized as having an annual operating budget of $250,000 and more. Applicants in this category can request award amounts of up to $50,000. A total of $950,000 will be awarded to events and festivals in this category, with an average award size of $25,000.

Small festivals and events – Events characterized as having an operating budget under $250,000. Applicants in this category can request award amounts up to $10,000. A total of $950,000 will be awarded to events and festivals in this category.

Grant sizes will vary. The funding amount of each award will be determined based on the total number of applications received, the total amount requested by applicants, and the application score determined by a review panel. Grant awards will be based on revenue losses due to COVID, demonstrated in gross revenue reported in 2019 and 2020 Form 990s or Form 1040s for each organization.

Allowable Use of Funds: The following types of festival and event organizations will be considered eligible for an award.

  • Festivals must be full-scale events of three hours or more.
  • Organizers of a festival or event held/to be held within the boundaries of King County. (Only organizers/event responsible parties are eligible to apply.)
  • Nonprofit and for-profit festival and events organizations, chambers of commerce, cities, tourism entities, tribal entities, or organizations that produce events with paid or volunteer-based staff.
  • Festivals and events that cancelled in-person events at least once during the past 16 months and will reopen in 2021 or 2022.
  • Festivals and events that take place between March 1, 2021–September 1, 2022.
  • Festivals and events that are open to the general public.
  • Festivals and events that are live, in-person outdoor, outdoor/indoor, or indoor festivals and events. 
  • Lifestyle events (e.g., running events, bicycling events, and triathlons).

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King County is providing one-time grants to support local festivals and events, to assist in their recovery from the negative impacts of COVID-19. Grant sizes will vary based on the applying organization’s annual budget, documented revenue loss due to COVID, and the number of applicants. If you have questions or need help filling out this application, please call (206) 263-1966. An interpreter can be provided.

Reference Materials:

These documents are provided for illustrative purposes only and the County reserves the right to make changes prior to execution, depending on how the funds will be used and any changes in Treasury guidance.

1. Sample CLFR Agreement
2. Sample Grant Pre-Award Forms
3. Sample Grant Reporting Forms

Types of events that do not qualify for this funding include events without face-to-face community contact, events already receiving or eligible for other federal ARPA funding for the same purpose or use (e.g., farmer markets, food drives, health fairs and other resourced events), religious events, and business meetings and conferences that include events

The application window begins on October 12 and will remain open until November 11, 2021, 11:59 PM (PT). Apply at any time within that time frame. A panel will review applications starting on November 15. King County will notify you within six weeks after the application period ends about the status of your application.

Application Instructions:

  1. The application window opens on October 12, 2021 and will remain open until November 11, 2021 11:59 PM PT.
  2. Complete the application via the links below:
  3. A preview of the full application is available hereReview the full Festivals & Events Request for Applications package here.
  4. Email questions to info@wfea.org.