Funds and Grants

LIFT Early Career Support for Native Artists
Native Arts & Cultures Foundation

The LIFT – Early Career Support for Native Artists program will provide critical support to early career Native artists with one-year awards to develop and realize new projects. The program encourages artists to uplift communities, advance positive social change, point courageously toward environmental sustainability, and foster communal meaning making. The program will consist of a suite of activities that includes grantmaking, artist professional development, evaluation, and communications/marketing support. The primary objectives of this opportunity are to support artists who are developing their voices and for whom the award may serve as a launching point in their career.

  • Application: Opens January 18, 2023
  • Deadline: March 14, 2023
  • Amount Awarded: One-year awards of $10,000
SHIFT Transformative Change and Indigenous Arts
Native Arts & Cultures Foundation

SHIFT awards support artist and community-driven projects responding to social, environmental or economic justice issues through a Native lens.

  • Application: Opens January 18, 2023
  • Deadline: March 14, 2023
  • Amount Awarded: Two-year awards totaling $100,000
Arts Innovator Award
Artist Trust

The Arts Innovator Award recognizes artists who demonstrate innovation in their art practice. These unrestricted awards of $25,000 are given annually to two Washington State artists of any discipline who are originating new work, experimenting with new ideas, taking risks, and pushing the boundaries of their fields.

  • Application: Opens February 20
  • Amount Awarded: $25,000
  • Number of Awards: 2
  • Eligible Disciplines: All Disciplines
  • Eligible Counties: All
  • Deadline: March 20, 2023 at 11:59pm
SOLA Awards
Artist Trust

SOLA (Support Old Lady Artists) Awards are four unrestricted awards f $5,000 given annually to Washington State female-identified visual artists, age 60 or over, who have dedicated 25 years or more to creating art. Founded in 2016 by Seattle artists Ginny Ruffner, the SOLA Award seeks to encourage and celebrate women's achievements in the arts. Ginny and friends' generous contributions to this award seek to honor, encourage and celebrate the lifetime contributions of women whose artwork has not been sufficiently or widely recognized.

  • Application: Opens February 27
  • Amount Awarded: $5,000
  • Number of Awards: 4
  • Eligible Disciplines: Visual
  • Eligible Counties: All
  • Deadline: March 27, 2023 at 11:59pm
BRAVA Awards
Bainbridge Island Museum of Arts

BIMA is excited to announce that its first-ever round of BRAVA Awards (BIMA Recognizes Achievement in the Visual Arts_ is now open for submissions. The Awards will recognize four individual contemporary artists, craftspeople, or makers whose work demonstrates artistic merit and excellence, technical mastery, contribution to the arts landscape and professional accomplishment in four categories.

Awards will be given in each of the following categories:

  • Emerging Artist Award (Puget Sound Region)
  • Artist's Books Artist Award (National)
  • Native American & First Nations Artist Award (Salish Sea Region)
  • 2023 Special Choice Award: Children's Book Illustrator Award (Puget Sound Region)
  • Deadline: May 1, 2023
Grants for Artists' Progress (GAP)
Artist Trust

2023 Grants for Artists' Progress (GAP) are unrestricted project-based grants of $1,500 for artists working in all disciplines across Washington State who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and/or residing outside King County.

  • Application: Opens May 15
  • Amount Awarded: $1,500
  • Number of Awards: 65
  • Eligible Disciplines: All Disciplines
  • Eligible Counties: All
  • Deadline: June 23, 2023 at 11:59pm