Grants and Sponsorships

Artist Grants

Allied Arts Foundation Emerging Arts Grants program is currently closed.

Our application deadline was May 8, 2017.  Look for winner announcements in late June of 2017.  Information on our 2018 grants program will posted here in late fall 2017.

We will award eight grants to emerging artists residing in Western Washington: One $5,000 award, two $2,500 awards, and five $1,000 awards. The 2017 awards will focus on 2D Visual Arts. Applicants must reside in Western Washington. Students are ineligible.

Detailed info on our 2017 Grant Awards is on our For Artists page here.


Ernestine Anderson/Quincy Jones

Below are just a few of the artists who have received Allied Arts Foundation awards in the past for their work:

  • “In Between Raindrops”, video production of Seattle Jazz Artists
  • “Mini-Mart City Park”, environmentally themed art installation
  • “Singing for Seniors”, musicians honoraria
  • Audio Description Services in the NW, descriptions of plays for the blind
  • Black Hat Orchestra, recording
  • Center on Contemporary Art, various exhibits
  • D-9 Dance, new choreography
  • David Mahler, new music composition
  • Etiene Cakpo, African dance ensemble
  • Pat Graney, new choreography
  • Raven Chronicles, Native American literary journal
  • Reflex Magazine, writers’ honoraria
  • St. Helens String Quartet, commission new composition

For more information about artist grants, please contact

Fiscal Sponsorship Program

Fiscal sponsorship means that you can hold fund raisers for your arts project and donations to your project are tax deductible for the donors.  (This is a benefit that Kickstarter can NOT provide!)  The money you receive is still considered income by the IRS and must be reported on your annual tax return.  Allied Arts Foundation charges a 10% fee of all funds raised, and also deducts any credit card fees, Paypal fees, or other bank fees before distributing your funds.  By making donations to YOUR project tax deductible, this is a great way to raise money

Allied Arts Foundation uses its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt and tax-deductible status to provide fiscal sponsorship support to artists and arts organizations, enabling them to benefit from donations made to them while under the AAF umbrella.

Donations to AAF for a sponsored project in the form of money, goods and services are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law, which provides incentive for donors to give generously, and helps the sponsored artist gain greater access to much needed resources. The Foundation provides umbrella support for artists seeking long-term sponsorship, for those requiring it only for the duration of a particular project, and for those seeking a sponsorship bridge between the time they apply for and receive their own 501(c)(3) status.

AAF acts an “umbrella”, passing through funds donated to its sponsored projects from its own account, less a small fee for management services.

AAF has been honored to serve a wide variety of artists through the years, and currently supports some 50 artists and specific arts projects.

Click here to see the full list of recent and current projects sponsored by Allied Arts Foundation.

For more information about our sponsorship program, please contact