This grant program helps fund the ongoing work of Wyoming’s established 501(c)3 non-profit art organizations, who are crucial partners with the WAC in providing access to the arts for the state’s residents and improving the quality of life in Wyoming. Operating Support grants help organizations to sustain and expand their programs and services. These grants can be used by organizations to support any of their general operating expenses, including salaries, marketing, rent, utilities, insurance, supplies, exhibits or artistic fees.
Because of the wide range of expenses the grant can include, Operating Support Grant applicants are required to submit more detailed information than other WAC grant applicants. The additional information allows the WAC’s grant review panels and board members to get a more detailed picture of the applicant organization’s overall structure, management practices, fiscal stability and activities.
Note: Wyoming non-profit arts organizations are limited to applying for the Operating Support OR Grants to Organizations program each fiscal year. Arts organizations applying for Operational Support Grants must provide at least two of the following services:
The following funding criteria are the basis for the panel and WAC Board review of Operating Support Grant applications and relate to the narrative sections of the application:
A Wyoming–based arts organization may apply for an Operating Support Grant if it is a Wyoming based non-profit organization. Organizations may not use a fiscal sponsor in this grant category. All applicants in this program must have tax-exempt status under section 501(c)3 of the IRS code for at least two years, and:
If your annual operating budget is between:
Then the Maximum Grant Amount will be:
Minimum Grant Amount that can be Awarded is:
Level 1 grants assist arts organizations with small annual operating budgets that do not employ full-time executive, managing or artistic directors.
Level 2 grants assist arts organizations that employ or intend to employ a professional full-time manager OR that have a minimum operating budget of $50,000.
Level 3 grants support mid-sized to large organizations with a full-time executive, managing, music or artistic director.
NOTE: Organizations may receive funding for either a Operating Support grant OR a Grants to Organizations grant, but not both.
Deadline: March 15 (Application will be available on December 1)
Timeline: Project dates must fall between July 1 and June 30
Amount: Up to $15,000
Match Requirements: Grant funds must be matched, dollar for dollar. The grant amount cannot exceed 30% of the total cash expenses.. In-kind donations and services do NOT count as match, but are recommended.
Contact: Michael Lange