Organizations that receive a Community Support Grant (CSG) will not be eligible to apply for any other Arts Council grants during that fiscal year (July 1– June 30).
Organizations that do not receive a Community Support Grant are eligible to receive up to two grants in the other grant programs (Professional Development/Career Advancement Grant and/or Arts Access Project Grant) during that fiscal year (July 1– June 30).
For full eligibility requirements, visit the Eligibility and Funding Requirements page.
The following provides basic information about the grant processes you should follow. The National Endowment for the Arts “General Terms & Conditions for Partnership Agreements” provides an overview of all Federal requirements, and the complete document can be found by clicking here.
Project start and end dates must fall between July 1 and June 30. This time frame aligns with the Arts Council’s fiscal year.
Extending a project may shorten the time frame you have to submit your Final Report.
You can use grants paid from state funds as a match to a grant paid with federal funds.
If you are applying for a Community Support Grant, the grant amount you request cannot exceed 50% of your total project/operating expenses.
Grant applications are completed/submitted through the online grant system. We do not accept hard copy applications. The Arts Council will not accept late applications, so after the Applicant submits the application, they need to ensure that they received the email that acknowledges receipt of the submitted application. If they did not receive this email they should contact the Arts Council immediately at (307) 214-7819.
Community Support Grants: Applications are reviewed by Arts Council staff for completeness. Then peer panels review/score the applications and make recommendations for funding to the Arts Council Board, who makes the final funding decision.
Arts Access Grant and Professional Development/Career Advancement Grants: Applications are reviewed and then approved or rejected by Arts Council staff.
If your application is approved, the applicant will receive an email notifying them that the application was approved. The award email contains important information about the grant requirements, so review it carefully and print a copy for your records.
If your application is not approved, the applicant will receive an email notifying them that the application was not approved. If you would like more information about this decision, feel free to contact Arts Council staff. Emails from the online grant system sometimes are sent into spam folders; if you do not receive an email within a reasonable time frame, check your spam folder.
The Wyoming Arts Council must be acknowledged as a funding source for all grants. The following language should be used: “Supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wyoming Legislature.”
For print materials: A statement acknowledging support from the National Endowment for the Arts is required. In addition, we encourage you to use their current logo, whenever possible.
For radio or tv broadcast, the following voice-over language is required: “This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Online at arts.gov.”
Arts Council and NEA logos and additional information can be found here.
You are required to carry out a project consistent with the application you submitted and that was approved for funding. Changes must be submitted to the Arts Council for review and approval, and include changes to dates, budgets, project scope or content, personnel or artists involved, or other changes that differ from your application. Changes must be approved prior to implementation.
The Arts Council recognizes that due to COVID-19, you may have significant changes or outright cancellations to the programs and services outlined in your grant application. If you anticipate project changes that fall outside the scope of your original grant application, you can accept the grant award and contact the Arts Council for approval of specific changes. Organizations and individuals should follow the recommendations of the Wyoming Department of Health, the Center for Disease Control, and their county health office when planning and implementing programs.
Here are the guidelines if you need to make an amendment/change to your project:
Before an organization or individual can receive a state payment, they must be registered as a vendor in the state database. If you are a new vendor or have not received a payment from the State of Wyoming during the past two years, or if you need to make changes to your information in the state database, you will need to fill out and submit a W9 form, which is available here on the State Auditor’s website.
All financial records, supporting documents, statistical records and all other non-federal entity records pertinent to your grant award must be retained for a period of four (4) years.
Certain expenses cannot be paid with Arts Council funding, and are prohibited by the Office of Management and Budget of the Federal government (OMB Circulars #A_122, #A_21 and #A_87). Copies of these OMB Circulars may be obtained through a link on the National Endowment for the Art’s website.
Below is a partial list of expenses that cannot be funded with Arts Council grants:
Entertainment (amusement and social activities such as receptions, parties, galas, dinners, etc.), and any associated costs including catering, alcohol, planning, staffing, supplies, etc. are unallowable.
Specific costs that might otherwise be considered entertainment but have a programmatic purpose may be allowable if authorized in the approved budget.
The Arts Learning funding that is available through the Community Support grant offers funding for projects that enliven or improve arts learning to increase knowledge, understanding of, and skills in one or more art forms. Arts Learning is offered to non-profit organizations, social service agencies, tribes, community centers, school districts and local art agencies.
This funding can support:
-Making interactive art opportunities a basic component of arts learning.
-Developing and strengthening arts learning in community and schools.
-Providing opportunities for professional artists to work in community settings, outreach organizations and schools.
-Providing arts learning opportunities for all ages and in myriad settings.
-Obtaining expertise from elders, artists, instructors and educators to help design new arts programming, strengthen current programs or grow a teacher’s personal growth in knowledge and skills in an art form.
Funded activities can include year-long projects, a series of related or unrelated projects, a season of arts learning programs and technical assistance projects, such as curriculum development and planning for arts learning programs.
For more information or if you have questions, contact Mary Billiter (email@example.com).
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.