Current Calls and Funding

Centering Art & Racial Equity Grant

Hand drawn animation of Civic Partners transforming into C.A.R.E. grant

The Centering Art & Racial Equity (C.A.R.E.) grant is the new name of the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture's (ARTS) funding program previously known as Civic Partners.

The updated name highlights the evolution of the program over the past ten years and reflects the values of racial equity, social cohesion, and the importance of art to our communities.

Please see the guidelines for full details.


The C.A.R.E. grant awards three consecutive years of funding to Seattle arts and culture, heritage, and arts service organizations with a minimum three-year history of providing accessible programming for Seattle residents and visitors.

To create a more equitable, vibrant, and relevant arts sector, ARTS prioritizes support for organizations with an arts-focused mission that are taking action to be anti-racist and who value, implement, and uphold inclusive practices through an intersectional racial equity lens.


Awards are based on overall score in relation to this program’s evaluation criteria as ranked by a diverse peer and community panel. Budget size is no longer a factor in determining award amount.

Funds may be used to support annual operating and program costs (staff, artist and other professional fees, facilities, outreach, etc.) relating to an organization's artistic and cultural services which are accessible to and provide public benefit to Seattle residents and visitors.


The deadline to apply is 5:00pm Pacific, Wednesday, August 10, 2022.

Please allow ample time to complete and upload your application; applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

Information Sessions

Watch a recorded information session (below with ASL interpretation).

Bring your questions, learn more about this grant and how to turn in your strongest application:

Session 4 (Virtual)
Wednesday, June 1, 2022
1 - 3pm Pacific
RSVP for June 1

Session 5 (Virtual)
Thursday, June 16, 2022
11am - 1pm Pacific
RSVP for June 16

Session 6 (Virtual)
Tuesday, July 19, 2022
1 - 3pm Pacific
RSVP for July 19


Apply on Fluxx, the City of Seattle's new grant portal. If this is your first time using Fluxx, you will have to create a user profile before you start your application.


For questions about this grant, or help with the online application, please contact contact Cultural Invenstments Strategist, Kathy Hsieh.

TTY: Dial 711. Tele-Braille: (800) 833-6385.

Kathy Hsieh

Kathy Hsieh


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Cultural Investments Strategist
(206) 733-9926

Kathy oversees the community-building, funding, and racial equity programs of the Office. A change agent in transforming the City's arts funding program through a racial equity lens, she helped the agency earn the Seattle Management Association's first Race & Social Justice Management Award. A leader with the City's nationally recognized Race & Social Justice Initiative, she has presented on numerous national panels, and is an adjunct professor on Asian American Theatre for the University of Washington.

Kathy is also a theatre artist and award-winning actor, playwright, director, and producer with a special focus on work that creates visibility and opportunities for and highlights the talent and contributions of, artists of color. She has been honored by the National Association of Asian American Professionals in Seattle as their Artist of the Year and as an actor by ArtsFund in 2003, featured in The Dramatist Magazine as "50 to Watch" in 2007, received A Special Award of Recognition by The Seattle Theater Writers Gypsy Awards for Excellence in Playwriting and Verizon's Asian Pacific American Bash's Innovator Award in 2012, and is the 2015 International Examiner Community Voice Awardee in the Arts.

Kathy also speaks Mandarin.

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Jenny Ku

Jenny Ku


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King Street Station Programming Lead
(206) 684-4186

J. Ku is originally from Taipei, Taiwan, and has curated and coordinated scores of events and productions for numerous organizations and cultural centers in the Pacific Northwest (and beyond). In their role as Senior Events Coordinator for ARTS they support a wide range of internal and external events such as the Mayor's Arts Awards, Create City, Public Art Party, the grand opening of ARTS King Street Station, Hello | Goodbye: Viaduct Arts Festival, Welcome Back Seattle Events, summer concert series, and more.  

Before coming to ARTS, they helped found Burlycon and served as Director of Arts & Culture. As a visual, performing, and teaching artist, they have presented work internationally, including esteemed regional institutions such as The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, University of Washington, and Seattle Art Museum.  

Jenny also speaks Mandarin and a little Cantonese.

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