Cultural Funding Advisory Committee

Established by

Bainbridge Island Municipal Code Chapter 2.43)

In 2019, City of Bainbridge Island  issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a two-year award cycle for Cultural Funding (2020 - 2021). For more information on recommended funding, please visit the City Funded Cultural Activities page.

Duties & Responsibilities

The Cultural Funding Advisory Committee (CFAC), working in collaboration with the city, shall develop funding recommendations for consideration by City Council. The committee’s recommendation should meet any requirement or guidance provided from the City Council to the committee including, but not limited to: the total amount of available funds, identified goals and priorities for eligibility requirements, specific parameters such as maximum or minimum award levels, and any other identified guidelines for funding.


The City’s biennial budget provides $300,000 in funding to support cultural activities in the community. The City Council recently created a new process to determine how these funds should be awarded, and has initiated a two-year cycle for considering funding proposals for 2018-2019 activities. The CFAC was formed to provide a mechanism for direct input from community members on how the City funding should be deployed. Through their work on the new committee, CFAC members will allow the City to benefit from the community’s own extensive knowledge about our cultural sector, and to tap the enthusiasm and experience of local leaders.

CFAC members cannot currently serve as active board members or paid staff of organizations that will apply for cultural funding. Member terms expire when the City Council approves a funding decision.

Meetings, Officers, Records & Quorum

  1. The committee shall meet as necessary to develop its funding recommendation. meetings. Meetings shall be open to the public and held in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act (chapter 42.30 RCW).
  2. A majority of the members then serving on the committee shall constitute a quorum.
  3. A city councilmember shall serve as the liaison to the committee and shall also serve as the nonvoting chair of the committee.
  4. For meetings consisting of a majority of the then serving members of the committee, the committee shall provide public notice of the meeting and shall keep a record of its meeting minutes. Minutes of each meeting, including a record of attendance, shall be prepared by the chair and approved and signed at a subsequent meeting. The minutes do not need to reflect the actual discussion, but only the formal actions taken by the committee. The approved meeting minutes shall be posted on the city’s website.
  5. The city shall provide city email accounts to members and related training on the use of email accounts, including personal computer privacy expectations while serving on the committee.