Grants and Sponsorships

Artist Grants

Allied Arts Foundation is proud to announce the winners of our 2017 Emerging Arts Grant Awards. (Click on any name to visit their website):


$5,000 – Clare Johnson, Seattle

$2,500 – Elizabeth Arzani, Seattle
$2,500 – Christopher Hartshorne, Bellingham

$1,000 – Joy Hagen, Kirkland
$1,000 – Faith Hagenhofer, Tenino
$1,000 – Janet Nechama Miller, Seattle
$1,000 – Minae Lee, Bellingham
$1,000 – Junko Yamamoto, Seattle


The 2017 awards focused on 2D Visual Arts. Applicants were required to be residing in Western Washington. Students were ineligible.

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

Information on our 2018 Grant Awards will be posted in the fall.


Image: pen & ink drawing

“now entirely disappeared” (detail) by Clare Johnson, 2017 Emerging Artist Grant Award winner


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; we charge a small fee for management services.
  • AAF does NOT have a pool of donors to fund your project. You must reach out to your community and seek donations on your own.
  • AAF has been honored to serve a wide variety of artists through the years, and currently supports some 30 artists, arts organizations, and specific arts projects.

Click here to see the full list of current and past projects sponsored by Allied Arts Foundation with links to their websites.

For more information about our sponsorship program, please contact