All applicants must read the Arts Council’s Grant Guidelines.
Must either be a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization or a government agency to be eligible to receive Wyoming Arts Council funding. If your organization does not meet these eligibility requirements, you may still be able to apply using a Fiscal Sponsor that does meet the eligibility requirements.
The Internal Revenue Service determines who meets the criteria of being a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Churches that meet the Internal Revenue Service requirements of IRC section 501(c)(3) are considered tax exempt if they meet the five requirements listed in the “IRS Tax Guide for Churches and Other Religious Organizations.” Click here for the Tax Guide.
This includes tribal government, municipal, county, state and federal government, higher education, and school districts.
If your organization does not meet the eligibility requirements, you can still apply for a grant if you can find an organization that does meet these requirements and is willing to serve as your Fiscal Sponsor.
Organizations who use a Fiscal Sponsor need to do the following:
Once you determine who your Fiscal Sponsor will be, they should provide you with:
If grant funds are awarded, the Fiscal Sponsor should do the following:
Arts Council support to individual artists includes the Professional Development/Career Advancement Grant, merit-based fellowships in performing, visual and literary arts, and mentoring grants for Folk and Traditional artists.
Individual applicants must:
All 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations must be registered to do business in Wyoming with the Wyoming Secretary of State’s (SOS) office, and be in good standing and in compliance with the laws of the State. This requirement does not apply to government organizations or individual artists.
Starting in April 2022, organizations receiving grant funds from the Wyoming Arts Council will need a UEI from SAM.gov. This is replacing the DUNS number previously used. A UEI does not require full registration in SAM.gov, but it does require having a user account and following a few steps. Getting a UEI is free. Avoid any website that charges a fee. This requirement does not apply to Individual Artists.
How to apply for a UEI:
The Wyoming Arts Council believes that experiencing the arts should be accessible for all, including people with mental and/or physical disabilities, older adults, military/veterans, people living in institutions and those who lack access to the arts due to geographic isolation, cultural difference and economic hardship.