2021 Inspiration Fund

Announcing the 2021 Pioneer Square BIA Inspiration Fund Award Recipients

The Pioneer Square BIA is excited to announce the recipients of the 2020 Inspiration Fund! 

In 2019, the Pioneer Square Business Improvement Area (BIA) granted a total of $20,000 in matches to support two projects; the Pioneer Square Residents Council for their continuation of the  Art Outside the Box   project and  The Pastry Project  pilot program, in partnership with the  The London Plane , providing free mentorship and training to people with barriers to education and/or employment in the baking and pastry industry.

In 2020, the BIA funded two more projects making a positive impact in the Pioneer Square neighborhood. The first, by Dan Wilson; Pioneer Square resident and Principal at Olson Kundig, is an installation in Occidental Park of painted metal wind chimes with the phrase “we all play a part” in different languages representing cultural diversity in our neighborhood. The goal of the project, which will be installed in 2021, is to emphasize unity, togetherness, our connectedness to each other, and to nature. The second is a creative story-telling marketing campaign, by Michael Gill of the Central Saloon, centered around individually curated content from artists, businesses, and personalities in the neighborhood. The project presents an opportunity to focus on the connections between businesses and the community they are part of. The campaign will not only create digital assets for businesses, but also include materials that support residents in the neighborhood.


2021 Pioneer Square BIA Inspiration Fund

This year, the BIA is matching volunteer hours and/or funding up to $5,000 for community members to implement projects and programs making a positive impact in the Pioneer Square neighborhood. Project goals included celebrating neighborhood diversity, enhancing public spaces, and neighborhood storytelling.

Grant details

The BIA accepts applications for projects ranging from $1,000-$5,000. 80% will be funded when the grant is awarded. Remaining 20% funded upon completion.  Up to a total of $5,000 will be allocated to 2021 projects.


  • Application posted – April 30, 2021
  • Applications due – May 31, 2021
  • Award Notifications – July 15 2021
  • Enter into contract – August 15, 2021
  • Submit first invoice for payment – August 15, 2021
  • Submit final invoice for payment upon completion of project

Eligibility & Evaluation

the application process was open to business owners; people who work, live, or play in the neighborhood; and those with a significant connection to Pioneer Square . This is a competitive selection process. Submission of an application does not guarantee funding. The Pioneer Square BIA reserves the right to award or decline funding. Final decisions on funding will be subject to approval by the BIA Ratepayer Board.

Factors to be considered in each application may include:

  • The number of people to be positively affected/benefited
  • Maintenance plan
  • Business involvement
  • Cost to experience (is it free/accessible to the general public?)
  • Creativity

Note: BIA Ratepayers must be in good standing to be considered