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Cultural sector, we have official dates!!!

This newsletter includes the following updates:

  1. A 16-page FAQ document from the Dept. of Commerce that has been released for the Working Washington 5 grant program (WW5) and will answer your long-standing questions!
  2. WW5 application window dates! August 17-31.
  3. A check list for things to prepare now
  4. Registration for the final virtual Cultural Futures events
  5. Outreach schedule for BIPOC, rural, and other communities
  6. Inspire Washington residencies (save the date!) 

Now that we have application dates, the clock is ticking. It is imperative that we all work together as a cultural community to ensure all our colleagues and partners in every Washington county are aware of this amazing funding opportunity and make a plan to apply. 

Thank you for all that you do for your community's cultural future!


Manny, Jessi, and Madeline

Working WA 5 Grant Updates

Working WA Grants: Round 5 Updates

NEW! The Department of Commerce has released significant program information today, (July 11th) including FAQs and technical questions and resources for applicants. The grant application portal will open on August 17th and will close at 5pm on August 31st.

Click here to review the FAQ document and full program eligibility.

What should I do now? A check list:

  1. Prepare your profit and loss statements and tax returns from 2019-2021.
  2. Apply for your UEI number (more info below). 
  3. Forward this email to your friends and colleagues who represent science, heritage, and arts organizations/businesses. Spread the love!

About: $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. Administered by the Department of Commerce in partnership with ArtsWA.

Cultural Futures: The Final Sessions

Thank you to everyone who filled out the survey to attend our final Cultural Futures session. We heard you and because the feedback for morning and afternoon was fairly even, we will be offering one of each.

About: We will provide an overview of Inpsire Washington, the importance of advocacy and how to get involved, cultural wins from the 2022 Legislative Session and all details about the Working Washington 5 grant program. We also want to hear from you! How can we support your community?

Click on a date below to register: 

Monday, August 8th at 9am

Monday, August 15th at noon

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.

  • Inspire WA's Info Session on Working Washington 5 Grant Program in Partnership with La Sala on July 15th from 12:00pm-1:30pm: click here to registerSi necesita traducción al español para este programa, comuníquese con [email protected].

Webinars that will be announced soon:

  • 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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