Hey Artsy Types – Burien Has Around $20K In Grant Money Waiting For You, But You’d Better Act Fast…

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It’s good to know that even in tough economic times, money has been set aside to fund arts in our community. Burien of course, being the arts-centric “new Brooklyn” has around $20,000 earmarked for arts and culture in 2010, and has opened the application process to apply for a grant, with a deadline of 5pm Wednesday, Sept. 30th.

There will also be a “Question & Answer” session for applicants with members of the Arts Commission’s Arts & Culture Fund review committee on Thursday, Oct. 22nd.

Here’s the exact verbiage from the cityfolk:


The City of Burien is holding an application cycle for its year 2010 Arts & Culture grant funding.  Total funding available is estimated at $20,000.

Arts & Culture grant funding is available to groups or organizations that provide arts and cultural enrichment to Burien and its residents.

Applications for 2010 Arts & Culture funding are due by 5:00 pm, Wednesday, September 30 to Burien Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts, 425 SW 144th Street.  Applications are available on the City website at www.burienwa.gov or by contacting Debbie Zemke at 206/988–3704.

From the city’s website:

The purpose of the City’s Arts and Culture Fund is to support both arts and heritage organizations as well as artists who will enhance cultural opportunities for City residents while also attracting regional artists and audiences that can contribute to Burien’s identity as an arts and culture-oriented City.

Funding Priorities Applications that provide one or more of the following services will be prioritized for funding:

  • Programs developed for or presented in the Burien community
  • Innovative and/or mixed-genre projects that bring new cultural experiences to Burien
  • Cultural education experiences for underserved and/or low-income youth


  • Applicants may be individuals or non-profit organizations. Evidence of non-profit status for organizations will be required.
  • The proposed program and/or event must be held in Burien or serve a majority of Burien residents.
  • Only one application per individual/organization will be accepted per year.

Review Criteria

  • There is no priority between each of the elements listed below nor is there a requirement to meet all criteria:
  • Artistic and heritage merit and excellence
  • Collaborative programs or initiatives with other cultural organizations
  • Administrative capability and fiscal stability of the applicant’s organization
  • Recruitment of underserved populations through special outreach and/or specialized promotional strategies
  • Participation in the City’s cultural programs and/or eventS
  • Documented evaluation and measurement of previous year’s program grant objectives
  • Diversity of applicant’s additional funding sources
  • Burien-based artists, heritage professionals, and cultural organizations
  • Prior grant recipients.

How To Apply:
The City holds an annual application cycle for Arts and Culture funding in the fall prior to the year of funding. Thus, an organization requesting funding for the year 2010 would need to apply in the fall of 2009.    The applicant will need to complete the attached application and return the original and ten (10) three-holed-punched copies to: City of Burien Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services, 425 SW 144th, Burien, Washington, Attn: Debbie Zemke, Recreation Manager by the specified due date.

The City’s Arts Commission will review applications and make recommendations to the full City Council for final approval.

You can download a grant application here (PDF file).

For questions, please contact Debbie Zemke, Recreation Manager at 206 988 3704 or via e-mail: [email protected].

For more information, click here: www.burienwa.gov/index.aspx?NID=825

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