Cultural sector, we have very exciting news for you!

This newsletter includes updates regarding:

  1. The application timeline for the Working Washington 5 grant program
  2. Virtual outreach for partners within and serving BIPOC communities
  3. The final virtual Cultural Futures event
  4. Inspire Washington residencies (save the date!) 

As we can all imagine, there are people and businesses who should know about these grants that may not be on anyone's email list or radar. We implore you to reach out to friends and colleagues in your network and ensure everyone knows about these incredible opportunities. We don't want to leave a single dollar on the table. Together, we can ensure every dollar is invested in Washington's cultural future!

Thank you for all that you do for your community!


Manny, Jessi, and Madeline

Working WA 5 Grant Updates

Working WA Grants: Round 5 Update

$70 million was appropriated by the legislature for the next round of Working Washington Grants: Round 5. In this round of grants, portions of the available funds are set aside for specific targeted groups or sectors: 60% is identified for the arts, heritage, and science sectors, including those that operate live entertainment venues; 40% is identified for most other sectors, including hospitality, fitness, and personal services. Learn more at and click here to sign up for email updates.

Timeline: Detailed information about the program guidelines, eligibility, FAQs for both programs (Working Washington Round 5 and the Convention Center Grant), and contact information for the Technical Support Center will be available mid-July. The anticipated launch of the application portal is currently mid-August. Exact dates for the application portal will come in mid-July. As always, please refer to Commerce’s site for the most up-to-date information.

Language support: The Working Washington Round 5 team is working hard to get necessary materials translated in multiple languages, and will be working with partners on other language needs if they arise. The program guidance and application questions are planned to be available in a PDF format. This will let applicants print and review the program eligibility, required documentation, and application questions before they access the online portal and start their application. In addition to English, the Technical Support Center will also provide multilingual customer support in Spanish, Russian, and Chinese.

Need more help? Attend our final Virtual Cultural Futures presentation! We will walk you through all the most up-to-date eligibility requirements and application necessities. Click here to register.

Outreach to BIPOC, Rural and Other Communities

While a significant amount of federal funding has been directed to our state throughout the pandemic, not all cultural organizations, businesses, and artists reaped the benefits. Inspire WA is a steadfast advocate for the equitable investment of the Working Washington 5 grant program funding to ensure all communities receive support. 

Inspire Washington is partnering with La Sala, Washington State Historical Society, Festál, CD Forum, and All Aboard to host Zoom info sessions on the Working Washington 5 grant program for each community.

Webinars that will be announced next week:

  • In partnership with Festál, Inspire WA's Info Session on Working Washington 5 Grant Program
  • In partnership with CD Forum, Inspire WA's Info Session on Working Washington 5 Grant Program
  • In partnership with All Aboard, Inspire WA's Info Session on Working Washington 5 Grant Program
  • There are many more communities we want to reach out to, so we anticipate announcing more webinars soon. Stay tuned!

How can you help? If you run an organization serving BIPOC, LGBTQ+ folks, rural areas, disabled folks, or any other community and you want to help amplify the funding program, please let us know. We're creating a calendar of events (Zoom and in-person!) and you can sign up now to be a co-host or request an event in your community. Or, perhaps, there's someone in your network that you think we should be talking to. Let's all work together to get the word out. 

For more information, please email advocacy@inspirewashington,org.  

Unique Entity Identifier

The federal government recently changed its requirements for businesses and organizations receiving federal funds in the form of grants. It no longer uses the DUNS (Data Universal Number System) and has shifted to a new system known as the UEI (Unique Entity Identifier).

As of April 2022, recipients of grants using federal funds (including WW5!) are required to have a UEI, which replaces the DUNS Number. You can apply for the grant without the UEI, but you will not be able to accept your grant money until you have a UEI. It may take several weeks to get a UEI after registration, so start applying now!

Click here for more info, to look up your UEI, or to apply for a new UEI. 

Inspire WA in Residency - SAVE THE DATE!

Sponsored by the Department of Commerce, Inspire Washington will visit 6 regions across the state in August and September. These four-day residencies will be focused on building back the cultural economy and finding creative ways to spur recovery. We will be conducting community town halls to follow up on the feedback we received from communities during the Cultural Futures tour and share the first draft of our legislative agenda. We will also be meeting with lawmakers, cultural leaders, and allies in the cultural tourism industry.

Mark your Calendars and Save the Date! 

SW Washington: August 9-12

SE Washington: August 16-19

NW Washington: August 23-26

North Central Washington: September 6-9

Yakima Valley: September 13-16

Olympic Peninsula: September 20-23

Off-Session Advocacy

We need your voice! The off-session time is the perfect opportunity to make meaningful connections with your lawmakers. By establishing these relationships during the quieter summer months, your lawmaker will have a greater understanding of the importance of your work and be far more likely to support you when drafting the budget in January. 

Sign Up Now!

Why is summer a good time for advocacy? How will these meetings work, and where will they take place? What should you talk about with your lawmaker? Watch this video to find out! 


About Inspire Washington

Inspire Washington nurtures the human spirit and strengthens communities by increasing access to science, heritage, and arts programming through advocacy, resource development, education, and coalition building.

Inspire Washington

[email protected]

P.O. Box 806, Seattle, WA 98111

Manuel R. Cawaling, Executive Director

Jessi Wasson, Programs and Operations Manager

Madeline Dalton, Outreach Coordinator

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