2022 Grants for Artists' Progress (GAP) Awards
Deadline: Monday, September 26, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

2022 Grants for Artists’ Progress (GAP) are unrestricted project-based grants of $1,500 for artists working in all disciplines across Washington State who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), and/or residing outside King County.

In 2021, we re-envisioned GAP (previously Grants for Artists’ Projects) as Grants for Artists’ Progress to begin reversing historic inequities in Artist Trust’s funding programs. Through artist feedback, focus groups, and research with partner organizations, our team learned that artists preferred unrestricted funding for their vision and creative projects. Additionally, we understand that King County has the greatest funding and resources for artists, and it is imperative that we attempt to reach rural artists in our state. With this new iteration of GAP, we saw an opportunity to widen our support of artists of all backgrounds living outside of King County. 

The 2022 GAP are made possible in part thanks to support from WarnerMedia, on behalf of the AT&T Foundation. Deep appreciation to participants in our ongoing- statewide artist focus groups, the Artist Trust Strategic Vision and Racial Equity Committees, Board of Trustees, and staff.

Grants for Artists’ Progress (GAP), previously known as Grants for Artists’ Projects, are unrestricted project-based grants of $1,500 for artists working in all disciplines across Washington State who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), and/or residing outside King County. In 2022, Artist Trust will award 65 GAP Awards to be distributed to the five regions of Washington State: West, Puget Sound, North Central, South Central, and East.

We define BIPOC artists as individuals identifying as one or more of the following ethnicities:

  • Alaskan Native
  • Asian/Asian-American/Pacific Islander or Hawaiian
  • Black/African/African-American
  • Latinx
  • Middle Eastern
  • Native American or Indigenous
  • South Asian

Before starting your application, please read the 2022 Grants for Artists' Progress Awards guidelines. You can read the plain text version of the guidelines here.

The 2022 GAP is open to BIPOC artists and/or artists residing outside of King County working in all disciplines across Washington State. Artist Trust Endurance Grant applicants are also eligible for this award.


  • 18 years of age or older;
  • Washington State residents at the time of application and payment;
  • Individual artists (or artist teams) who are the originators of works of art;
  • BIPOC (Alaskan Native, Asian/Asian-American/Pacific Islander or Hawaiian, Black/African/African-American, Latinx, Middle Eastern, Native American or Indigenous, or South Asian)
  • And/or residing outside of King County


  • A recipient of a GAP from 2017–2021;
  • Previous recipients of the James W. Ray Distinguished Artist or Arts Innovator Awards;
  • Recipients of another Artist Trust grant in the 2022 calendar year;
  • Current graduate or undergraduate students enrolled at the time of both application and payment (payment will be made December 2022);
  • Applying on behalf of a company, nonprofit, organization, fiscal sponsorship, or community group;
  • Current Artist Trust staff, Board of Trustees, honorary committee, current GAP panelists, or their immediate family.

Applying for grants can be hard, and we want to help you. Artist Trust offers the following support services and resources to guide you through the application process:

How to Apply for 2022 GAP: A brief walkthrough of how to apply, the process, and selection criteria. Click here to view this pre-recorded webinar. 

Info Session: On Tuesday, August 30 from 3-4 p.m., attend our GAP Info Session. This event features a guided conversation with 2021 GAP recipients and Artist Trust staff to discuss the application process, materials, and advice past recipients have for 2022 applicants. Click here to register.

Office Hours: 20-minute consultations with our staff, provided in-person via Zoom or by phone, on September 9 & 16. Make an appointment at artisttrust. org. 

Study Hall: Pop into this open Zoom session on Tuesday, September 13, 1-3 p.m. to work on your 202 GAP Award application. During Study Hall you can speak with a 2021 GAP recipient and Artist Trust program staff, work through your application on mute or request a breakout session with another applicant for support. This is not a private session, but rather a space for information sharing and work time. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82127239250. Password: 232745.

Reference Guide: Review examples of successful applications from past year’s awardees at artisttrust.org

Resources: Visit artisttrust.org for toolkits, tips, and other information.

Contact Us: We are happy to answer questions about your application. Please note: it’s hard for us to answer questions on the day of the deadline. Start your application early and don’t wait to contact us with questions.

Please note, if you require a translator to complete your application or have other accessibility needs, please get in touch. Our contact information is below.

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• with questions about applications, guidelines, eligibility, support services, and resources;
• if you need to access or edit a submitted application prior to the deadline of September 26, 2022.

Lydia Boss // Program Co-Director
lydia@artisttrust.org: 206/467-8734 x25

Luther Hughes // Program Co-Director
luther@artisttrust.org: 206/467-8734 x20

Grace Nakahara // Program Manager
grace@artisttrust.org: 206/467-8734 x23

• with website access issues;
• with questions about uploading or formatting files;
• with other technical support needs.

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