Wyoming Arts Council


COVID-19 Support Grants for Individuals and Arts Organizations

CARES Act Support Grant for Arts Organizations

The Wyoming Arts Council, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, has developed a COVID-19 support grant for arts organizations in Wyoming.

The purpose of the CARES Act funding for arts organizations is to preserve jobs and stabilize organizations. These funds will be distributed as a one-time grant to eligible organizations. 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 will be asked to demonstrate eligibility and sufficient need. Organizations that have suffered substantial financial or personnel losses as a result of COVID-19 are encouraged to apply.

Funding decisions 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 are guaranteed to receive a minimum of $5,000.00. With a limited amount of funding available, the amount above that figure will be dependent on the number of eligible applicants. There is no match required. Organizations will be required to complete a final report by December 31, 2020 explaining how the funds were used.

The application and full eligibility is available online through this Google Form. (Those without a Google account can access the form by using a Chrome web browser.) The deadline to apply is May 15 at 5 pm MST.

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

Support Grant for Individual Artists

The Wyoming Arts Council is sensitive to the inherent economic challenges that are rising in relation to the CDC recommendations for social distancing. In the midst of this ever evolving situation, we will be processing grants to eligible individual artists who have lost significant income due to COVID-19. The Wyoming Arts Council believes that artists must be able to maintain their livelihood during this time in order to continue to create and contribute to the creative economy in our state. Please review the eligibility and grant guidelines below carefully before applying. 

  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis in the order in which they are submitted until grant funds are expended. 
  • Individual Artists are eligible to receive $500 in this grant category. 
  • Individual Artists must live in Wyoming as their permanent residence 10 months of the year, be 18 years old or older, and not a full-time student pursuing high school, college or university art-related degrees.
  • All grants in this category are reviewed and approved directly by Wyoming Arts Council staff on a fund/don’t fund basis.
  • Applications may take up to six weeks to be processed.
  • Applicants are required to upload evidence of lost income due to COVID-19 in the support documents section of the application. This should include proof that you were booked for an event (such as a performance, reading, gallery show, etc.), what you were to be paid, as well as proof that the event was cancelled. This can include a contract, email, or another form of documentation. 

To apply visit: https://forms.gle/CPjpEif4adh7jsaY9

For questions please 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

The Community Support Grant is designed for project and/or operational support for organizations that provide services to their community through the arts. Specific funding is available for arts learning activities, outreach to rural populations, organizational professional development, and programs involving folk arts. An organization is eligible to receive up to $20,000. Individual artists cannot apply
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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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