Wyoming Arts Council

Community Support Grant


This grant is specifically designed for project and/or operational support for organizations that provide services to their community through the arts.

This is a competitive grant, and most funded grants receive “formula funding” based on the score of the grants during the panel process, and then approval by the Wyoming Arts Council Board and Executive Director.

  • An organization is eligible to receive up to $20,000 in this grant category.
  • Funding amounts available in this grant category will provide support for the following:

◦  Operating and Project Support (up to $12,000)
◦  Arts education activities (up to $5,000)
◦  Professional development (up to $1,000)
◦  Programs involving folk artists (up to $1,000)
◦  Outreach to rural communities (up to $1,000)

  • Organizations may apply for one, two or all five components of this grant.
  • Application Available:  2/1/17  – Projects must take place 7/1/17 – 6/30/18.
  • Final Application Deadline:  4/1/17.
  • Review Application Deadline:  3/1/17.  This deadline is only for applicants who did NOT receive a FY 17 Community Support Grant, and would like feedback on their application before it is sent to panel for review.  Applications submitted by the Review Deadline must be final/ready for panel review.

◦  Applications submitted by the Review Deadline date by applicants who did not receive a FY 17 Community Support Grant will be reviewed by WAC Staff.  If Staff feel that revisions could make the application stronger before it goes to panel for review, they will return the application back to the Grant Seeker with their comments, and allow them to make revisions, if they choose to.
◦  If WAC Staff feel the application is strong/ready for panel review as submitted, they will not return it back to the Grant Seeker for revisions.
◦  Applications that are returned back to the Grant Seeker to allow them to make revisions must be re-submitted within seven (7) calendar days.
◦  Applications that are revised/re-submitted will not be reviewed a second time by WAC staff before they are sent to panel for review.

Click below for narrative questions and evaluation criteria.

Community Support Grant Program Criteria FY18



PANEL REVIEW 5/18-19/2017

Panel meetings are open to the public, who may call-in and listen to the panel discussion.  Call clarity will be better if you call in on a land line instead of a cell phone.  All callers will be in listen-only mode for the duration of the calls.  Panels will review applications in alphabetical order by organization name.   All Grant Seekers who submitted applications are encouraged to call-in and listen to the panel discussion of each application.  This is a great professional development opportunity for art administrators and grant writers.

*Note that the call in phone numbers for each panel have recently been changed*

Operating Support Panel  (NOTE:  Panel concluded at 11 am on 5/19/17)
The operating support portion of the applications will be reviewed on 5/18/2017 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and resume on 5/19/2017 at  9:00 a.m. until finished. The public can listen by calling:  1-872-240-3212 and entering access code 176-946-293.

Operating Support/Project grant applications can be found by clicking here.

Arts Education Panel (NOTE:  Panel concluded at 2 pm on 5/18/17)
A separate panel will convene to review only the Arts Education supplemental portion of the application. Review will take place on 5/18/17 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and resume at 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  If discussions continue into 5/19/17, they will begin at 9:00 a.m. until finished.   The public can listen by calling:  1-669-224-3412 and entering access code 487-532-805.

Arts Education supplemental funding applications can be found by clicking here.

6/1/2017:  The Wyoming Arts Council Board meets for their quarterly meeting.  NOTE:  The Board did approve all of the panel recommendations as presented.

The Board will review the panel recommendations during this meeting.  With an online system, we are able to offer more transparency and participation in the grant process.   The Board will convene at 1:00 p.m. to hear reports, which will be followed by a public comment period.  The board invites individuals and organizational representatives to call into any part of the meeting to observe the board process and to address the board during public comment.  All participants will be put in silent mode except during public comment.  The public may join the meeting from computer, tablet or smartphone by going to  global.gotomeeting.com/join/449709501.  You can also dial in using your phone: (646) 749-3122, access code: 449-709-501.

We encourage grant seekers to review the panel’s comments and recommendations from the operating/project support panel  at:  https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B7fw3Q2awLvDQUVMM2Y4UVFoQmM?usp=sharing

The arts education panel’s comments and recommendations can be found at: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B7fw3Q2awLvDaDVXelQzXzVrWDg?usp=sharing

These documents appear at the bottom of the google doc folder (after all the applications are listed) and  provide the average scores, general comments, and recommendations for funding.  Other than the information shared in this document, Wyoming Arts Council staff do not have any further information available regarding panel notes, recommendations, and scores.

6/15-16/2017:  WAC notified Grant Contacts, via email, if their grant application was not approved for funding by the WAC Board.

6/20-22/2017:  WAC notified Grant Contacts, via email, if their grant application was approved for funding by the WAC Board.

If the Grant Contact has not received this email notification by 6/23/2017, please check your spam folder to see if the email notification was sent there.  If it is not there, then contact the WAC at (307) 777-7742.

Late June-July, 2017:  Subgrantee Award Agreements are created for each awarded grant, and sent electronically to the Attorney General’s office for approval and signature.  After the WAC receives the approved Agreements from the AG,  Michael Lange signs them, and then the Agreement is mailed to the grantee.  Two different legal representatives of the applicant organization should sign the Agreement and mail it back to the WAC within ten days, so we can issue your grant payment.   If the applicant organization used a Fiscal Sponsor, then the second signature must be from the Fiscal Sponsor.

Grant Payments:  As soon as the new FY 2018 budgets have been set up, we will be able to start issuing grant payments.  This may not happen until late July, so payments for projects taking place in July may not be issued until after August 1st.

Vendor Forms:  If the applicant organization (or Fiscal Sponsor, if used) is not currently registered in the State of WY vendor database to receive payments from the State,  they must go to http://sao.wyo.gov/vendor-resources and complete/mail the WAC a W9 form and a WY Vendor Management form asap, so they can be added to the state database prior to receiving your signed Agreement to process for payment.  If your organization (or Fiscal Sponsor, if used) is already in the state database, but have moved or changed EFT banking information, then vendor forms will need to be mailed to the WAC.  To print current Vendor forms, go to http://wyoarts.state.wy.us/grants/guidelines-requirements/ .

Grant Information

Deadline: April 1 (applicants who did not receive a FY17 Community Support Grant can submit a completed application by March 1 for review).
Amount: Up to $20,000
Match Requirements: WAC grant can pay for up to 30% of operating/project support expenses, not to exceed $12,000, and up to 30% of arts education expenses, not to exceed $5,000.
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