The Seattle City Council will soon vote whether to approve the release of $1.3 million in 2017 arts funding for four local institutions that had been withheld pending the establishment of public benefit agreements.

Funding has been held under a proviso in the 2017 Adopted Budget established by the council to ensure an adequate level of public benefits, said Randy Engstrom, director for the Office of Arts & Culture.

“We wanted to make sure they were making their due diligence to the citizens of Seattle with those requests,” Engstrom said.

Town Hall, Burke Museum and the Nordic Heritage Museum would all receive $350,000 in funding through Office of Arts & Culture contracts. Those organizations all received $500,000 in 2016 through separate contracts that included other public benefits. Hugo House would receive $250,000 this year, if the council approves releasing the OAC funds.

The public benefits for construction and renovation funding are negotiated by the city because the state constitution prohibits gifts of public funds.

Town Hall Seattle is preparing for a $25 million renovation of its Roman revival-style building in First Hill.

For the $350,000 in OAC funds in 2017, Town Hall will make its Arts and Culture series free to anyone 22 and under once the renovations are completed; that date is currently November 2018.

A six-story mixed-use development is nearing completion in the old Hugo House site on 11th Avenue in Capitol Hill.

Hugo House is planning to purchase 10,000 square feet in the ground floor and relocate from its temporary space next to the Frye Art Museum.

For the $250,000 in OAC funds, Hugo House has committed to provide free or reduced field-trip admission to schools where low-income students are the majority. The writers nonprofit would also offer free drop-ins for weekly writing circles, provide free classroom space to organizations serving low-income communities and communities of color, and expand access to the arts by offering students, artists, teachers and communities 150 free tickets to fee-based events.

For $350,000 in OAC funding for a new museum project, Burke Museum anticipates awarding 8,000 annual admission passes to students and an adult escort based on historic levels of school activity. That would amount to a $120,000 annual benefit, said Cultural Space liaison Matthew Richter during the Sept. 12 Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development & Arts Committee meeting.

Also constructing a new museum, the Nordic Heritage Museum is providing a public benefit in the form of a membership category for families that participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The cost would be $10 per household, an 87 percent discount, Richter said. The museum is also committing to pushing the new SNAP model to other museums and regional associations.

Councilmember Lisa Herbold, who was the sole city councilmember left at the committee meeting on Sept. 12, approved passing the bill lifting the funding proviso to the full council. A final vote is set for Monday, Sept. 25.

She said all four organizations are fundraising for these programs, but it’s possible they could come back for more funding in the future.

Richter said the department’s Cultural Facilities Fund will make it so that an organization can’t qualify for funding again until the following year, meaning these four organizations could come back for more funding in 2019.