Allied Arts Foundation provides $15,000 in grant funding for artists. The artistic category changes each year.

The 2022 awards will be given in the genre of CRAFTS. See details below.

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2022 Summary:

Allied Arts Foundation will award $15,000 in grants this year (2022) to persons working in Crafts.

The number and amount of awards will be based on entries received, with minimum award amounts of $1,000.

All entrants will be juried for possible inclusion in a Bellevue Arts Museum crafts exhibition scheduled for the fall of 2023.

Awards are based on merit; no needs statement or project description is required. Applicants must reside in western Washington State.

Applicants should submit:

  • 8-15 images of recent work
  • Image description sheet
  • Short statement about you and/or your work
  • $20 application fee (fee waivers available for those who need them)

Deadline is 5:00 PM Monday, May 16, 2022.

Complete details for 2022:


Submission Deadline: 5:00 PM PST Monday, May 16, 2022


Work Funded

This year’s award will focus on Crafts: works where craft materiality (clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, or combinations of those) is an integral component of the work.

Submitted artworks need not necessarily be functional, but should be connected to craft traditions and innovations.

We are looking for works that explore the connection between the material and the maker.


Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • WESTERN WASHINGTON RESIDENTS: The award is open to artists and makers who reside in the western portion Washington State (west of the Cascade Mountain range, between the northern and southern state borders). Those from outside the greater Seattle metropolitan area are especially encouraged to apply.
  • STUDENTS INELIGIBLE: Students enrolled in a degree program directly related to the discipline or whose degrees are pending at the time of application are ineligible to apply. Undergraduate students and high school students are ineligible to apply.
  • ARTISTS SPONSORED BY AAF INELIGIBLE: Artists who have former or active fiscal sponsorship contracts with Allied Arts Foundation are ineligible to apply.
  • AAF AFFILIATES INELIGIBLE: Current or former AAF staff, board members, contractors, committee members, and/or previous grant award winners are ineligible.


To foster equity and inclusion for these Artist Grant Awards, we encourage artists of underrepresented backgrounds to apply. We welcome applications from a community diverse in race, ethnicity, religion, gender and sexual orientation, inviting new perspectives, experiences, and varied cultural traditions.

Merit Based Awards

  • These awards will be judged and scored by a panel of arts professionals whose decisions will be based on submitted slides and the image descriptions.
  • You do NOT have to submit a project description, budget, or needs statement. We are more interested in your talent, passion, and the inspiration for your art.
  • Awarded funds are unrestricted and may be used at the artist’s discretion. All decisions by the jury are final.

Bellevue Arts Museum Crafts Exhibition

  • All entrants will also be juried for consideration in the Allied Arts Foundation Crafts Awards Exhibition at Bellevue Arts Museum.
  • This six-month exhibit is scheduled to run from August 2023 through January 2024. It will include separate contracts, promotions and events, including arts-in-education learning opportunities for the public.
  • Only entrants to the 2022 Artist Awards in Crafts will considered for this exhibit.
  • Participation in the exhibition is not required of the entrants or the award winners; you may opt out of participating in this opportunity.
  • Images submitted to the jury do NOT have to be of works still available for showing. You may submit images of work that you created but no longer own.
  • Complete details on the exhibition parameters, policies and procedures will be provided to those offered to participate in the exhibition.

IRS Reporting Requirements

Awarded grant funds are considered Earned Income by the IRS and must be reported on your taxes. Award winners will be required to submit a signed Form W-9 to Allied Arts Foundation. Forms 1099 reporting the grant award will be sent by Allied Arts Foundation to the IRS with a copy sent to the award winners.

Award Timeline

  • Applications accepted beginning: March 2022
  • Submission deadline: Monday, May 16, 2022, 5:00 PM PST
  • Submission processing: May 2022
  • Jury/Selection Review: June-July 2022
  • Award announcements: Summer 2022
  • Invitations to participate in the museum exhibit: Fall 2022


Our jurors for the 2022 AAF Artist Awards in Crafts, who are generously volunteering their time and expertise for these awards, include:

  • Lydia Aldredge, Chair: Lydia is Vice President of the Allied Arts Foundation (AAF) board, and has chaired our Artist Awards jury for over five years. She is an architect and artist creating large scale public installations for nearly 30 years.
  • Binko Chiong-Bisbee: Binko Chiong-Bisbee: Binko is director and co-founder of Kobo Seattle Gallery featuring the work of studio artists from the Northwest and Japan. She studied ceramics in Japan and at Pottery Northwest.  Kobo Seattle Gallery has co-curated with the Seward Park Clay Studio the annual Simple Cup Show Invitational for the last 14 years.
  • Ling Chun: Ling is an immigrant artist from Hong Kong who exhibit and lecture internationally. Her most recent exhibit including 2022 solo exhibition at Traver Gallery. Chun is the recipient of numerous awards including the ArtBridge Fellowship 2020 sponsored by Chihuly Garden and Glass and the national ceramic award NCECA emerging artist 2020.
  • Tom Dolese: Tom is a furniture maker and woodworking instructor in Bellingham, who has been creating commissioned work for over thirty years. Both he and his wife Jennifer own Terra Firma Design, and were members of the Northwest Woodworkers Gallery.
  • Lane Eagles: Lane is the Associate Curator at Bellevue Arts Museum. She is an art historian and writer who has created exhibitions for several Seattle area art institutions including the Museum of Pop Culture and the Henry Art Gallery.
  • Marge Levy: Marge’s lifelong career as an artist and educator includes serving as Professor of Ceramics and Fine Arts at Purdue University; Professor of Fine Arts and Dean of the School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan, and as Executive Director of Pilchuck Glass School.


If you have questions, contact: the AAF Operations Manager:



To be considered for a grant you must do the following by 5:00 PM PST on May 16, 2022:

  1. Complete the application form below, including uploading your files.
  2. Submit your non-refundable $20 Application Fee or have received a waiver from AAF.  To request a fee waiver, please email us at

Late materials cannot be considered.

For questions about your application, email our Operations Manager:

Please allow plenty of time to complete the form and to provide the appropriate support documents. Allied Arts Foundation has only one part-time staff person; last-minute requests cannot be accommodated.

Part II.  $20 Application Fee

Applications submitted without the entry fee or fee waiver being received or postmarked by May 16, 2022 will be ineligible. Entry fees are not refundable for any reason whatsoever.

If you would like request a fee waiver, please contact and we’ll be glad to help you.

Fees may be paid one of three ways:

  • By credit card using this blue payment button (preferred):

  • Through PayPal:

  • Or by mailing a check made out to “Allied Arts Foundation – Grants” postmarked by May 16, 2022 to:

Allied Arts Foundation
3518 Fremont Ave N #521
Seattle, WA 98103



For questions about your application, email our Operations Manager at

2021 Grant Awards: Canceled due to COVID

2021 canceled