Working Washington 5 Grant Program

Inspire Washington and our partners state-wide worked so hard to advocate for cultural funding in the 2021 and 2022 legislative sessions. The Working Washington 5 Grant Program is the result of our hard work and advocacy from thousands of passionate cultural workers across our state.

This grant serves small businesses and organizations affected by the pandemic. The Department of Commerce manages the grant as part of the Working Washington Grants: Round 5 program. ArtsWA strongly encourages for-profit and non-profit businesses, including sole proprietors and independent artists, to apply.

The application portal will be open August 17-Sept 9. To review eligibility and FAQs click here. 


Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria. 

You are eligible to apply if you:

  • are in the arts, heritage, or science sectors, including live entertainment venues
  • are an active for-profit or non-profit business or organization
  • have a UBI or EIN number
  • are physically located in Washington State
  • can show financial hardship because of the pandemic
  • have been in operation prior to January 1, 2021
  • did not report more than $5,000,000 in income in 2019
  • had revenue of at least $10,000 in 2019 or 2020
  • generate at least 51% of your revenue in Washington State
  • have necessary business costs/expenses that are not government fees or taxes. These same costs/expenses cannot be paid for by another private business or government program
  • have not permanently closed, or do not intend to permanently close in 2022
  • follow all COVID-19 health requirements
  • You can only apply for one business or organization. If you have more than one, apply for your largest or most impacted business or organization.
  • As of April 2022, recipients of grants using federal funds are required to have a UEI, which replaces the DUNS Number. If you don’t have one yet, you may want to apply now. You may apply for grants without one, but cannot receive funds until you have an UEI. Click here to apply now.



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