The Morgan Fund: Grants for the Arts and Arts Education


The Morgan Fund (a donor advised fund held at the Seattle Foundation) was established in 2004 to support performing arts organizations. Our goal is simple: To encourage high quality performing arts for the community.

Our primary focus is theatre and dance, and we prefer to support small to medium size organizations (budget size of less than $2 million). Typically, grants range from $1,500 to 15,000.



The Puget Sound Initiative

The Morgan Fund is announcing a special initiative for performing arts organizations in the Puget Sound region, encompassing Western Washington, Central Washington, and the Greater Portland area. Priority funding will be given to small and medium sized theatre and dance organizations. We encourage applicants to request grants ranging from $1,500 to $15,000, and we intend to distribute $250,000 in funding this cycle. Requests for general operating support by invitation only.

Deadline: Grant requests for the Puget Sound Initiative must be received by September 30, 2017. Grants will be announced and funding distributed by the end of January, 2018.

Eligibility Requirements: Applicant organization must be a tax-exempt nonprofit under section 501(c)3 of the IRS code or be fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)3 organization. Applicants must be located in Western Washington, Central Washington, or the greater Portland region. If you have a question regarding your eligibility, please contact us in advance of submitting your application.

What We Will Fund:

  • Capital or equipment purchases that improve the production quality of performances. For example lighting or sound equipment.
    The goal: to remove limitations to productions caused by inadequate equipment.
  • Production or project-based support, enabling organizations to produce higher quality works that would otherwise be unaffordable. This could support bringing in a director, designer, actor or other artist who will help the organization’s growth and development as an artistic enterprise.
    The goal: produce increasingly strong and interesting work.
  • Professional development or educational program support to organizations that want to improve their employees’ or artists’ craft through training, scholarships, mentorship programs, and similar opportunities. Please note that specific individuals cannot be identified to receive funding. Funding will be directed to the nonprofit organizations who will select the participants. The Morgan Fund will consider funding for youth education programs only if such programs are geared toward preparing future professional artists (e.g. pre-professional training programs).
    The goal: to assist artists in furthering their craft and enhancing their artistic abilities.
  • Strategic Business Development. Any successful arts organization is also a business enterprise. We want to help organizations build a stronger business organization. This could include support for a consultant to help develop a business plan or long term strategic vision, initial funding of a development director to kick start the fundraising process, or a feasibility study for architectural changes to your space.
    The goal: to support the business side of the organization which is essential to long term artistic growth.
  • General Operating Support is available to select companies that consistently produce works of the highest quality. This category of funding is available only to organizations that are well known to the Fund and is available by invitation only.
    The goal: to provide needed financial support to organizations so they can continue to produce great art.

Letters of Inquiry

In addition to the annual Puget Sound Initiative cycle, the Morgan fund will accept Letters of Inquiry and review these on a rolling basis. We will consider:

  • Request from organizations located in the United States that fall outside of the geographic scope of the Puget Sound Initiative.
  • Emergency or time sensitive requests from organizations located in the Puget Sound Region.

All requests must align with the types of grants we provide as outlined in the Puget Sound Initiative. Applicant organizations must be a tax-exempt nonprofit under section 501(c)3 of the IRS code or be fiscally sponsored by a 501(C)3 organization. Please note that it may take up to four weeks to respond to your letter of inquiry.