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Spokane Arts Grant Awards (SAGA)

The Spokane Arts Grant Awards seek to enrich artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy within our city. SAGA's goal is simple: to serve as a catalyst, fostering a robust, healthy arts community where individual artists, creative industries, and non-profit arts and culture organizations, thrive. Together, we can tell the story of how the arts enliven the Spokane region.


Please join us in January at the Downtown Public Library for a one-hour seminar to learn about best practices and common grant writing mistakes, with detailed attention to the Spokane Arts Grant Awards application and online process! Learn about local resources and support, with a question and answer session to follow the presentation.

Downtown Public Library
Date and time announced soon, please stay tuned!

For more information, email us at


Proposals requesting any amount up to $10,000 will be considered for funding.


Round 1: February 1, 2019 (11:59 pm). Awards announced April 1.
Round 2: June 1, 2019 (11:59 pm). Awards announced August 1.
Round 3: October 1, 2019 (11:59 pm). Awards announced in December TBD.

SAGA at a Glance

  • The 2019 Round 1 grant cycle is now OPEN.

  • Please read the Guidelines, FAQs, and Application Instructions (below) for more information, and before you apply.

  • The funding period is for one year. Grants are non-renewable.

  • SAGA invites applications from artists, arts service organizations, large and small organizations and collectives, community-based arts programs and organizations, and culture and heritage groups.

  • Supported arts disciplines include but are not limited to visual, performing, literary, ear-oriented, media arts, and folk/traditional arts, and more.

Grant Information

Read our Frequently Asked Questions, Guidelines, and Application Instructions before you apply. Past SAGA winners can be found on our Grantees page. Register for SAGA Grant Writing Workshops and find other tools on our Resources page. Application forms are found on our Apply page.

Statement of Equity

SAGA exists to bolster the work of all artists in Spokane by providing grant funding and other resources to artists, arts organizations, collectives, and heritage groups of all disciplines. We provide funding and resources regardless of socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, language, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, mental and physical status, or age. Ensuring artists of all backgrounds are included in our cultural narrative is central to having an accurate and fair depiction of who we are as a people. 

History of SAGA

SAGA was launched in January 2017, and was designed by Grants Administrator, Jennifer Knickerbocker. The program was initially made possible by community members and arts advocates, who spoke passionately in public forums and city council meetings regarding the need to increase the capacity of our arts economy. 

Spokane has a unique cultural, artistic, and creative scene, and the city recognized that Spokane needs individual artists, organizations, and local businesses to stay and grow in order for our city to thrive.

Directing a stable funding source to be invested in local arts organizations and individual artists will make Spokane a more appealing place to live, work, and visit for years to come. We look forward to sharing our grantee's success stories with you!

The City of Spokane is so excited to see the launch of SAGA. We voted to approve this funding for Spokane Arts in early 2016 because we understand that a successful creative economy makes for a more successful Spokane!
— Ben Stuckart, City Council President

SAGA Strategic Goals

Contact the Grants Administrator  
Phone: 509.321.9614