The Morgan Fund (a donor advised fund held at the Seattle Foundation) was established in 2004 to support performing arts organizations. It exists for one reason: To promote better art. We want to see art that is moving and exciting. Art that tells new stories in powerful ways and sets new and unique frames on old ones. Art which is brave and strong. Our primary focus is theatre and dance.
Art flourishes best within a community of collaborators. We seek to develop communities of outstanding performing artists throughout the United States, with a focus on Seattle/Western Washington and Washington, DC. We do this in two ways:
Ongoing Support Grants to existing and established institutions which are already operating at a high artistic level. They have figured out the secret sauce for excellence, and like any arts organization need additional and ongoing funding to thrive and flourish.
Grants for ongoing support are by invitation only.
Investment Grants to companies that are demonstrably striving toward a high artistic level, but that can identify specific impediments to that goal which a grant from the Morgan Fund would help address.
When you apply for an investment grant, you are asking the Morgan Fund to make an investment in your company. For us to invest in you, we need to clearly understand:
Grants typically range from $1,500 to $15,000. 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. We are not able to provide grants to individual artists. If you have a question regarding your eligibility, please contact us in advance of submitting your application.
All applications to the Morgan Fund are submitted online. The application period is now OPEN, and all grant requests are due by Monday, September 30, 2019, 5pm PST. Apply using the link above, or by clicking here. We use a single application for both general operational support and investments. Please note that you may need to create an account on SurveyMonkey Apply to apply for a grant.
Investment grants should be requested for specific projects that will aid in moving an organization toward a higher artistic level. We are open to any project that will help the organization advance and deepen their artistic process and product.
We will consider applications for single and multi-year projects.
Application for an Ongoing Support Grant is by invitation only.
Companies and organizations which have been invited to apply for Ongoing Support Grants may also separately apply for an investment in a specific project or projects.
The Fund typically accepts grant requests from August through September of each year. We anticipate all grants to be decided and dispersed by the end of the following January. Application dates will be posted on this website as well as advertised by the Seattle Foundation and other organizations.
Investment Grants from the Morgan Fund fall into one of the following general categories:
Capital Equipment. Anything from the purchase of lighting or sound equipment, building new drops for a ballet, or support for a capital campaign. This is the most common investment request made to the Fund.
Strategic Business Development. Hire a consultant to help establish a strategic plan, or bring in an expert to kick start organized fund raising. While we are not interested in paying salaries on an ongoing basis, nor in paying salaries of current employees, we are happy to consider requests to hire specialists to work towards specific, defined goals.
Audience Development. Art cannot survive in a vacuum. Grants in this category are intended to help widen the scope of who attends your productions and how organizations communicate with the public at large. This could include assistance in developing a website, or other activities.
Professional Development / Education. The will may be there, but your staff may need specific training, and the Morgan Fund is happy to consider requests for the professional development and education of the people who make up your organization.
Other. The above list is not complete, and you may have ideas for projects we haven’t dreamed of. If your idea doesn’t fit in any of the above categories, here is where it belongs.
A Note About Youth Education Programs
Please note that we will not accept applications for youth dance, theatre education, or internship programs unless they are specifically focused on developing "pre-professional" skills in youths or young adults who are preparing to enter a career in the arts. While we value arts enrichment programs, they are not the focus of the Fund.
If you are applying for an Investment Grant, we'll need to know:
We want an Investment Grant to have a long term impact on your organization – not just support an upcoming production (of course, you are welcome to try and convince us that support for a specific production will have a long-term effect on the work you continue to produce)
During the 2018 Grant Cycle, the Fund received requests from over 132 organizations. 24 organizations were selected to receive grants totaling $238,860.
Grants were awarded in the following categories:
Capital Equipment: 8 Organizations // $72,660
Ongoing Support: 6 Organizations // $71,200
Production/Specific Projects: 2 Organizations // $20,000
Audience Development: 5 Organizations // $45,500
Strategic Business Development: 4 Organizations // $35,000
Dance: 3 organizations
Venue: 1 organizations
Other: 2 organizations