Wyoming Arts Council

Grants

NEW! CARES Act Financial Assistance Grants

The Wyoming Arts Council, with support from the Wyoming Governor’s Office through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, has developed a financial assistance grant for arts and cultural organizations in Wyoming and a second grant for individual artists. The Arts Council has received $2.4 million to disperse.

Due to the anticipated high demand and short timeline to expend funds, eligible applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Funds can be used for expenses that are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency or to support revenue losses that are a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Expenditures or revenue lost must have been incurred between March 1, 2020 and Dec. 30, 2020. These funds will be distributed as a one-time grant to eligible organizations and individual artists. Funds must be expended by Dec. 30, 2020.

The Wyoming Arts Council is committed to dispersing funds in a way that has the maximum impact where there is maximum need. The eligibility requirements and application process is therefore different than other Arts Council grant applications. Organizations and individuals will be asked to demonstrate eligibility, revenue loss, and sufficient need. There is no match required. The grant amount received cannot exceed actual losses.

For Arts and Cultural Organizations

The application for arts and cultural organizations is now open. Applications received by November 30, 2020 will be given full consideration; the application will remain open until funds are expended.

Funding decisions for organizations will be based on the completeness of the application, sufficient demonstration of need, and impact on the organization and the community served. Organizations that meet the eligibility and demonstrate sufficient need will receive a minimum of $10,000.00.

For more information, contact Michael Lange at michael.lange@wyo.gov or 307-275-4476.

For Individual Artists

Individual applications are also now open and will be reviewed on a rolling basis in the order in which they are submitted until funds are expended.

Individual funding decisions will be based on the completeness of the application, demonstration of a sustained commitment to their artistic career, and financial need. Individuals that meet the eligibility and demonstrate sufficient need will receive $5,000.00 or the total amount of lost revenue and expenses, whichever amount is less.

For more information, contact Taylor Craig at taylor.craig@wyo.gov or 307-274-6673.


The Wyoming Arts Council is pleased to provide funding opportunities for the many worthwhile art projects that our nonprofit organizations, government entities, and individual artists are doing throughout the state of Wyoming.  Following is some information you may find helpful:

Click here for Step by Step Instructions on How to Apply for a Grant

New!  Video Tutorials are now available that demonstrate various things in our e-granting system:

  • Click here for How to Log In video
  • Click here for Community Support Grant Budget video
  • Click here for an explanation of how to complete the Grant Contact and Applicant Information tabs

Community Support Grant

Fiscal Year 2021 (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021) Community Support Grants are currently being processed. Due to the high volume and the start of a new fiscal year, this process may take 4-6 weeks. Organizations with projects scheduled in July may not receive payment until after their project has ended. The Community Support
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Rural Arts Access Grant

This grant is specifically designed to provide project funding for geographically isolated and rural areas with a population of less than 3,000. An organization is eligible to receive up to $750 in this grant category.  Individual artists cannot apply for this grant. Organizations that did not receive a Community Support Grant are eligible to receive
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Professional Development/Career Advancement Grant

This grant is specifically designed to help grow the capacity of organizations and individuals that work in, and support the arts. Projects can include but are not limited to: board development, leadership development, conference attendance, professional development training, fundraising development, strategic planning, creation of marketing plans, equipment purchases, etc. Individual Artists and Organizations are eligible
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Folk & Traditional Arts Mentoring Project Grants

Mentoring Project Grants are designed to support the transmission of Wyoming’s finest Traditional and Folk skills through the natural process of in-person, hands-on instruction. A master artist selects a worthy apprentice to mentor over time in order to advance the skills of the apprentice from proficient to excellent. All art forms (music, dance, craft, etc.) are encouraged.
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