Wyoming Arts Council

Grant Guidelines

Founded in 1967, the Wyoming Arts Council (WAC) supports the arts in Wyoming by fostering and promoting the creation, access, education, diversity and excellence in the arts, and also provides resources for, and encourages partnerships between, the public, artists and arts organizations. WAC-funded projects must be available to the general public, so they can access programs they might not otherwise be able to experience.  Look at the variety of grant programs we offer to see if your upcoming arts projects might fit into one.  WAC offices are open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (except for holidays), and you can call us at  307-777-7742.  We are located on the second floor of the Barrett Building, which is the headquarters for the State Parks and Cultural Resources Department.  Our mailing address is 2301 Central Avenue, Cheyenne, WY 82002.


  • Organizations may receive WAC funding for up to  two (2)  grant programs per fiscal year for different arts projects that take place between July 1 – June 30.  
  • Organizations may receive funding for either a Operating Support grant OR a Grants to Organizations grant, but not both. 
  • NOTE:  Community Arts Partners, Partnerships and Capacity Building grants are in addition to the two grants per fiscal year rule.

The WAC Offers the Following Programs

Grants with Specific Deadlines

DRAFTS:  Draft applications are reviewed by WAC staff, who will provide the grant seeker with an opportunity to make revisions if they feel the application is missing critical information and/or can be strengthened before it is sent to the panel for review.  Revisions are made by either returning the application back to the grant seeker electronically to make the revisions and then resubmit the application, or it may be done over the phone, if revisions are minor.   If staff feel the application is complete/in good shape and does not need to be revised, they will send it to the panel for review as submitted.

Once you submit a draft application, it becomes the final application.

Anytime Grant Programs

Anytime grant applications are treated as a draft.  If staff feel that the application is incomplete or revisions need to be made to strengthen it prior to panel review, they can return the application back to the grant seeker electronically to allow them to make the necessary revisions, if time allows.

*These deadlines are effective until all funds are expended 

Who Can Apply

Fiscal Requirements

Funding Limitations & Requirements

Grant Deadlines

Applications must be submitted by the deadline specified for each program.  The deadline date listed for each grant category is the minimum deadline, and applicants are encouraged to apply earlier whenever possible.   Applying early may allow the grantee to receive their WAC funding before the project takes place, instead of after the project is over.  All grants are applied for via our e-grant system (unless specifically noted otherwise) and must be submitted by midnight on the deadline date.  No grants may be funded retroactively.

Projects should be completed by the end of the current fiscal year (June 30).   Grants extending beyond the end of the current fiscal year (June 30) may be allowed if applicants contact the WAC prior to submitting their grant. Extending projects past the end of the current fiscal year may shorten the time frame that applicants will have to submit their Final Report. 


January 15       Community Arts Partners       Quarterly deadline
February 15      Arts Education                       Draft deadline
March 1            Arts Education                        Final deadline
March 1            Grants to Organization           Draft deadline
March 15          Grants to Organization           Final deadline
March 15          Operating Support Grants      Deadline
April 15             Community Arts Partners       Quarterly deadline
July 15               Community Arts Partners      Quarterly deadline
October 15        Community Arts Partners      Quarterly deadline
July 1-May 31   Anytime Grant Programs       Deadlines vary

Changes for for upcoming Fiscal Year 2016                        (July 1, 2015  –  June 30, 2016)

Changes will primarily deal with how grantees will report data for FY 2016.

Organizations will be reporting the populations they serve differently than in previous years.  In addition, the WAC is now required to collect information about every venue where an arts activity takes place.   We will start collecting the following information for FY 2016 grants:

  • Adults & Youth Engaged in “In-Person” Arts Experiences.  These numbers will reflect two separate groups of people — those under 18 years of age and those who are older than 18 years of age and  who directly participated in the arts.  To the extent possible, do not double-count repeat attendees.  Direct participation excludes individuals reached through TV, radio or cable broadcast, the Internet or other media.
  • There are three new fields which ask you to select as many as is applicable.  Grantees should only select those groups that represent 25% or more of the population who directly benefited from the project or event. These three fields request information about populations that benefited by race/ethnicity, age and distinct groups (such as individuals with disabilities or in institutions, or military, etc).  Note that your responses to these questions will not affect grant approval, or future grant approval, but simply provide information about the populations that are being served with our grant funding.
  • Organizations must now provide project activity locations for every location/venue in which an event is held.  This requirement will pertain to most, but not all grants, depending on the primary activity type selected in the request.  Information for each venue will include street address, city, state, zip, number of days on which activities occurred.  For example, if an organization holds events in a park, an auditorium, four local schools and the senior center, the above listed information would be required for each of those places.
  • The Financial Template (detailed budget) form will no longer be required in Final Reports for Anytime Grants (Artists Across Wyoming, Arts Projects, Capacity Provisioning and Individual Artist Professional Development).  In lieu of the Financial Template form, grantees will be asked to provide additional financial detail in the Final Report itself.  The grant seeker will also be required to certify in the Final Report that WAC grant funds were not used to purchase food and/or alcohol.  Grantees will still need to keep detailed budget records associated with WAC Anytime grant awards, in case their grant is audited.  The Financial Template form will still be required in Final Reports for all Grants to Organization, Arts Education, Operating Support and Community Arts Partners requests
  • The SAO has announced that it will no longer accept Wolfs 109a and Wolfs 109b forms after 5/15/15.   In an effort to reduce Imposter Fraud, Wolfs 109a and b forms are being replaced with a W-9 form and a Wyoming Vendor Management form.  More details can be found below under:   IMPORTANT CHANGE ON HOW YOUR GRANT PAYMENT WILL BE PROCESSED AFTER 5/15/2015

Life Cycle of a WAC application

  • Grant Guidelines Available
  • Grantee submits Request electronically by stated Deadline
  • Staff Review (drafts returned to the grant seeker for revisions, if needed)
  • Panel Review (if required)
  • Board Approval (if required)
  • Grantee Notified if Request was Approved
  • Grant contract submitted to the Attorney General’s office for approval.  NOTE:  It normally takes 1-2 weeks for the WAC to receive the signed contract back from the Attorney General’s office.  However, due to the large number of contracts being submitted in June for the new Fiscal Year, it could take 3-4 weeks or longer to receive contracts back during June and July.
  • Grantee receives Award Folder for Approved Grants.  NOTE:  It normally takes 2-3 weeks for the Grant Seeker to receive the Award folder.  However, due to the large number of grants that have to be awarded in June for the new Fiscal Year, it could take 4-6 weeks to receive your Award Folder. If you have not received it by August 1st, please contact the WAC at (307) 777-7742.
  • Two legal representatives of the grantee organization must sign the Subgrantee Award Agreement form, and mail it back to the WAC for Payment within ten days after receipt in the S.A.S.E that is provided.  NOTE:  If Fiscal Sponsor was used, they must provide one of the two required signatures.
  • If grantee organization is not currently registered in the State of Wyoming data base to be able to receive state payments, or they wish to change how their information appears in the data base, they should also include the necessary W9 or WY Vendor Management Form(s) from the State Auditor’s Office in the S.A.S.E with the Agreement.  NOTE:  It will take the State Auditor’s Office 2-3 weeks to process this paperwork before your grant award payment can be processed.  Here is the link to the SAO:  http://sao.wyo.gov/vendor-resources.
  • SPCR and WAC staff must set up new departmental budgets each year on July 1st, so processing of grant award payments may be delayed while this is being done.  Payments should return to normal processing times by August 1st, at the latest.
  • Final Report is Released to Grantee on the Project End Date.  Grantee may contact the WAC if they wish the Final Report to be released sooner.
  • Grantee Completes Final Report within 60 days (for Organizations) or 30 days (for Individuals).  The Final Report Signature Form should be signed by two legal representatives, and mailed to the WAC.  If Fiscal Sponsor was used, they must provide 1 of the 2 required signatures.
  • Staff will Review/Approve Final Report.  An email will be sent to the grantee after the Final Report has been approved.

 What happens after I submit my application?

  • All applications are initially reviewed by WAC staff.
  • Artists Across Wyoming grants are approved by staff after they complete their review.  As long as the application meets all the specified requirements, it should be able to be approved.
  • After staff review, all other grant categories are reviewed by members of the WAC Board and a peer panel.
  • The panel process will take several weeks, so we recommend that you submit your grant request with as much lead time as possible before the project start date.

What happens if my application is approved?

GRANT AWARDED: If your grant is approved for funding, the Grant Seeker will receive an email to let them know.

AWARD FOLDER:  Within two weeks of approval, the Grant Seeker  will be mailed a large two pocket award folder of information from the WAC that includes the official award letter, two copies of the Subgrantee Award Agreement, attachments to the Subgrantee Award Agreement, and additional WAC information.  You should notify the person who handles incoming mail for your organization to be watching for this folder to arrive.  The grant seeker should thoroughly read the award letter, as it provides critical information about your grant award.  If you do not receive this award packet within 15 working days from the time you receive the email, please contact the WAC Grants Manager at (307) 777-7743.

SUBGRANTEE AWARD AGREEMENT: Organizations must provide 2 different signatures on one of the Subgrantee Award Agreement forms that they receive in their award packet. One copy of the Agreement should be mailed back to the WAC as soon as possible, so your grant payment can be processed.  Individuals will only provide one signature on their Agreement.  Checks are usually processed on Monday and Thursday check runs.  Keep the second copy of the Agreement for your records.  WAC grant funds are paid directly to the grantee, who is then responsible for paying all of the project’s expenses.


All state payments are processed through the State Auditor’s Office (SAO) database.  Before you can receive your first state payment, you have to complete paperwork to be added to the SAO’s database.  Prior to 5/15/2015,  you did this by filling out a Wolfs 109a form.  If you needed to change how you were registered in the SAO database, i.e. an address change or a change to how you wanted to receive your payments, then you filled out a Wolfs 109b form.

The SAO has announced that it will no longer accept Wolfs 109a and Wolfs 109b forms after 5/15/15.   In an effort to reduce Imposter Fraud, these forms are being replaced with a W-9 form and a Wyoming Vendor Management form. All new vendors, as well as for existing vendors who wish to change their name, address, EIN#, Financial Institution information, or to add primary contact information, will need to complete the appropriate form(s).   Primary Contact Information for all vendors will also be required for all new and existing vendor changes after 5/15/15.

These new forms will not be included in your grant award packet due to the fact that they may be updated frequently, and you need to ensure you are always using the most current form(s).  All new vendors, as well as those who wish to make changes to how their information appears in the state database, should go to the State Auditor’s web page to access the most current form.  The SAO’s website is:  http://sao.wyo.gov/vendor-resources .  They also have a link to Frequently Asked Questions about these new forms that you may find helpful.


If your organization is already registered in the SAO’s data base and you:

-Do not need to make any changes, you will not need to submit any forms.

-Need to change how your organization’s name, address or EIN# appears in the data base – You will need to complete a W9 and a WY Vendor Management Form.

-Need to change the method that you receive your state payments in (check or EFT):

  • You have changed the Financial Institute that you want to receive EFT state payments from, or
  • You want to start receiving state payments via EFT instead of receiving a check, or
  • You want to start receiving state payments via a check instead of EFT.

Then you will need to complete the WY Vendor Management Form, and

  • To sign up to receive your payments via EFT, you will attach an unused, voided check to the Vendor form.
  • To sign up to receive your payments via a check, you will not need to fill out PART 2 on the Vendor form or attach a voided check.

If your organization has not received a payment from the State of Wyoming during the past two years:

  • You will need to complete a W9 and a WY Vendor Management Form.
  • Attach an unused, voided check to the form if you wish to receive your state payments via EFT.
  • You will need to complete the W9 and WY Vendor Management Form using your legal name with the Internal Revenue Service, as they will verify all forms with the IRS database.

REMEMBER – If you are a 501c3 non profit organization, you must also be registered to do business in Wyoming with the Secretary of State’s office.  The name you register with them must be the same name that you have in the WAC e-granting system, because the names on all grant contracts must match the name in the Secretary of State’s data base.  The overall goal is that the organization’s name will be identical in the IRS and SOS data bases, as well as in the WAC e-grant system.

It can take up to two weeks for the State Auditor to get your information input/changed, and this has to be done before your grant payment can be processed.

INVITE LEGISLATORS AND LOCAL CIVIC LEADERS TO ATTEND YOUR EVENT – The WAC encourages organizations to invite legislators and local civic leaders to all arts events. During the event, the organization should thank the officials for coming and remind them how important arts events are to the local community.

FEDERAL FUNDING REQUIREMENTS: The WAC receives both Federal and State funding.  Your award letter will tell you if any of the WAC funding you will be receiving is being paid from Federal dollars (from the National Endowment for the Arts), as well as providing you with the CFDA # for those Federal funds.  Organizations who receive federal funding from the WAC will be required to fill out an OMB Cicrular A-133 Audit Requirements form by February of the Fiscal Year following the grant award. Organizations who receive more than $500,000.00 in Federal funds will also be asked to provide the WAC with an audit and Notice of Findings.

What happens if my application is not approved?

  • If your application was not recommended for funding, you will receive a letter in the mail to advise you of this.
  • Feel free to contact WAC staff if you would like them to review the panel comments with you.

What do I need to do after my Organization receives the grant award packet?

  • Read the Award Letter carefully, as it provides a brief overview of the conditions of your grant award.
  • Review the Subgrantee Award Agreement carefully, as it provides details that the applicant agrees to carry out the proposed project and to comply with all state and federal regulations. It is a legally binding document.
  • Obtain two signatures on one of the Subgrantee Award Agreements, and return it back to the WAC immediately. If you used a Fiscal Sponsor, they should provide one of the two required signatures. All University of Wyoming contracts should  also be taken to the Office of Research and Economic Development to be logged in and provide one of the signatures.
  • Communicate any Changes to Your Project with WAC in writing (letter or e-mail) immediately if it becomes necessary to make any changes to the project.
  • Credit The Wyoming Arts Council,  the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wyoming Legislature in all publicity about the project(s).
  • Final Reports are released online on the project end date, and must be submitted to the WAC within 60 days of the project/program completion . The Final Report is an NEA (federal) requirement for all organizations receiving funding from state arts agencies. WAC grantees that fail to submit their Final Report by the due date will have their Organization’s eligibility status suspended, and funding for other grant awards due to them will be held until the late Final Report has been received. Grantees who have extenuating circumstances that prevent them from submitting their Final Report by the due date may contact the WAC to request an extension.
  • Financial Records should be kept in order. WAC and the National Endowment for the Arts shall have access to any books, documents, papers, and records maintained to account for funds expended under the terms and conditions of any grant. If in-kind is used as part of the match, records must include appropriate documentation of in-kind donations. All records must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the Final Report. If an audit is conducted, records must be retained until the audit is resolved. WAC staff may conduct random audits of organizations.