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King County Festivals & Events Grant Program

  1. Apply online between October 8, 2021 and November 11, 2021 (all applications must be received by 11:59 PM PT)
  2. Complete the application via the links below
  3. A preview of the full application is available here.
  4. Questions? Review our FAQs and send additional questions to info@wfea.org
  5. For in-language assistance or to request an interpreter please call (206) 263-1966. In-language applications are available here.

The Washington Festivals and Events Association will be helping King County administer a grant program to deliver $2 million in COVID recovery funds to the festival and events industry in the County.

The County and WFEA realize that the event sector has been impacted more than almost any other during this pandemic. It also recognizes the need for special events and festivals to reopen so that people can gather to celebrate culture, diversity and the arts again.

Therefore, we are offering funding to eligible festivals and events who experienced a revenue loss from 2019-2020 , due to a COVID-related cancellation or an event held at reduced capacity or scope, only partially holding their events.

The County and WFEA wants to get the industry back to work – organizers, vendors, artists, musicians, etc., by funding the organizations who hire them.

All types of organizations are eligible – non-profit events and for-profit events, chambers, cities, tourism entities, events with paid staff or that are all volunteer, etc.

WFEA will provide program outreach and marketing services for the program, deliver technical assistance to applicants, and provide industry advisory and liaising services to King County during the evaluation of grant applications.

WFEA Presents Major Awards to State’s Top Festival and Event Organizers

Four prominent Washington State festival and event organizers were inducted into the Washington Festivals and Events Association Hall of Fame presented by Grand Event Rentals at the WFEA Annual Awards Dinner at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Bellevue.

They were:

  • Jeanette Brennan from Bellingham, a former WFEA Executive Director and the director of the highly successful Whatcom County event Bellingham Ski to Sea
  • Don Kardong, a former track Olympian who founded the Bloomsday Run in Spokane, which has been the largest timed road race in the world.
  • Robin Kelley, who was the director of the highly successful Issaquah Salmon Days Festival.
  • Terry Morgan, who owns one of the most successful production companies in the Northwest, Modern Enterprise. He recently produced the highly acclaimed Seattle Center/Space Needle New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show.

In addition to the Hall of Fame, WFEA presented other major awards to festivals and events in the state, including:

  • Washington State Best of Show Summit Award Presented by Honey Bucker– Kent Parks and Home and Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival
  • Grand Summit Award – Arts Without Barriers in Bellevue/Redmond, and the Anacortes Arts Festival
  • Washington State Festival and Event Volunteer of the Year Award Presented by Stages Northwest– Scott Vejraska, Okanogan County Fair
  • Event Supporters of the Year Presented by Presented by Morgan Sound– Karen Hanan from the Washington State Arts Commission and Kate Becker from King County
  • Events of the Year Presented by Alexander Party Rentals – Summerblast at Dune Peninsula in Tacoma, Day in Day Out at Seattle Center
  • Event Organizers of the Year Presented by Cort Party Rental Pro Services – Victoria Jones, North Olympic Discovery Marathon and the Peninsula Running Series; and Phil Megenhardt, Bold Hat Productions

"The WFEA has done a lot of work to translate state requirements into information that's easy to use. In accordance with the Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recover, they've been making it easier for organizations like ours to hold these events."

 - Yelm Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Line Critchfield 


Membership in WFEA is designed to be ultra-affordable. For only a few dollars per month you become part of the collective voice of the festivals and events industry in our state, you receive timely notices and updates on opportunities and trends affecting our businesses, and you become entitled to major discounts to a multitude of relevant educational and marketing opportunities throughout the calendar year. These discounts alone more than offset the price of your annual membership.

Learn more

Professional Resources

Helping Hands

A newsletter to help you make decisions before and after COVID-19

Inside Events & Festivals

The official publication of WFEA, a monthly magazine

WFEA Membership Directory
Directory listing of the 2021 WFEA membership. Use this to find vendors, or partner events to help take the next step for your organization.

Washington Festival & Events Calendar (2021 To Come)

A print venue to promote your events throughout the state by region and by calendar with options for listing type and additional advertising. 


We offer 3 different membership rate levels. For students, individuals and organizations - each based on annual budget.

$95 / $125 / $195


Bruce Skinner: 360-808-3204
Jeremy Gilchrist: 360-477-6556


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