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Tacoma Creates is managed by the City of Tacoma’s Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality.

The office has experience working with non-profit and community-based organizations to administer grants, manage contracts, and oversee compliance in the use of public funds.

Costs to administer the program will be capped at 8% of total funds.

An independent advisory board will also be appointed by the City Council to oversee Tacoma Creates, including the development of the criteria and guidelines for funding, and monitoring and evaluating the program results.

Eligible Nonprofits

Under state law, any non-profit organization whose primary purpose is the advancement and preservation of science or technology, visual or performing arts, zoology, botany, anthropology, heritage, or natural history is eligible to receive funds. The non-profit must have a 2-year track record providing public programming. The non-profit’s principal location and majority of activities must be within the City of Tacoma.

One of the goals of Tacoma Creates is to partner with and support smaller community and neighborhood-based organizations that may not have a lot of staffing resources but are nonetheless dedicated and working hard to create vibrant spaces through arts, culture, science and heritage programs or events within their respective communities. Application and guidelines for smaller organizations will be developed based on this recognition of limited resources. These non-profits can apply for program and project funds up to $50,000.

Tacoma is known for its Museum and Theater Districts, and these pillars of the cultural arts and downtown Tacoma will be eligible to participate in a competitive application and evaluation process for funds up to 15% of their annual budget to support sustainable implementation of increasing access, ensuring equity and inclusion and building diverse populations.



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