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August 7, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Seattle plants seed money for arts jobs

The Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs is launching a new program designed to assist nonprofit cultural organizations develop strategies to stay financially afloat.

The city program will provide one-time grants to underwrite jobs (or consulting contracts) that could “make a difference in organizations’ ability to generate extra revenue to carry out their mission,” according to the agency. The grants will range from $2,000 to $10,000 for organizations with annual budgets under $400,000. Organizations with larger budgets may be awarded up to $25,000.

“The idea is that by funding new and innovative ideas in the short term, organizations will come up with long-term revenue generation solutions,” said Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs director Vincent Kitch, in a prepared statement.

Applicants are restricted to Seattle-based organizations with at least a three-year operating history as a nonprofit; with a primary focus on arts, culture or heritage; and with ongoing artistic or cultural accomplishments serving Seattle residents. Funds may be used to support salaries or contract fees, either fully or in part, that are crucial to the implementation of sustainable revenue strategies for the organization.

A link to the online application is available at www.seattle.gov/arts. The city will hold two information sessions in Seattle for prospective applicants: 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, at the Douglass-Truth Branch of the Seattle Public Library, 2300 E. Yesler Way, Seattle; and 1 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 Fifth Ave., Suite 1756, Seattle.

The application deadline is 11 p.m., Sept. 10, 2012. For more details contact Kathy Hsieh at 206-733-9926 or kathy.hsieh@seattle.gov.

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