The Morgan Fund: Grants for the Arts and Arts Education


The Morgan Fund (a donor advised fund held at 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 $1,000 to $10,000.



The Puget Sound Initiative

The Morgan Fund is announcing a special initiative for small to medium performing arts organizations in the Puget Sound region, encompassing Western Washington, Central Washington, and the Greater Portland area. Priority funding will be given to theatre and dance organizations. We encourage applicants to request grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000, and we intend to distribute $150,000 in funding this cycle. Please note that we will not accept requests for general operating support as part of The Puget Sound Initiative (see below for Sustained Operating Support information).

Deadline: Grant requests for the Puget Sound Initiative must be received by September 30, 2016. Grant recipients will be notified in December.

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:

  • Per-project support for organizations that need help to take the quality of their productions to the next level. This might mean funding for capital equipment or to bring in a director, designer, actor or other artist who will help the organization’s growth and development as an artistic enterprise.
    The goal: for organizations to become stronger and better, producing increasingly strong and interesting work.
  • Production support, enabling organizations to produce new, interesting works that would otherwise be unaffordable.
    The goal: for organizations become stronger and better, producing increasingly strong and interesting work.
  • Support to bring high quality productions to audiences that otherwise would not be able to experience them. This might include funding for special performances, travel, or interpretation services.
    The goal: to establish a high expectation of excellence in the arts for all audience members.
  • Support for organizations that want to improve their employees’ or artists’ craft through professional development, 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 to select the participants).
    The goal: to assist artists in furthering their craft and enhancing their artistic abilities.

National Grants

The Morgan Fund will also consider project or capital support requests from nonprofit organizations based in the United States outside of Western Washington, Central Washington, and the Greater Portland area. We review these requests on a rolling basis. Please note that the same eligibility requirements and “What We Will Fund” criteria apply to applicants outside that fall outside of the Puget Sound Initiative geographic scope.

Sustained Operating Support

The Morgan Fund provides general operating grants to select performing arts organizations in the greater Puget Sound Region that consistently produce extremely high quality work. The goal is to help organizations that are performing at a high level continue their good work. We are currently entertaining general operating support requests by invitation only. If you are interested in seeking general operating support in the future, please consider applying for the Puget Sound Initiative so we can become better acquainted with your organization.