Wyoming Arts Council

Community Support Grant

The panel review meetings for the Wyoming Arts Council’s Community Support Grant (CSG) applications was held online May 19 – 20. Applicants and the general public were invited to call in and listen to the panel review and discussion.

FY22 CSG Application book can be found here. 

Panel recommendations will be reviewed by the Arts Council board during their June 10-11 meeting. Once approved by the board, applicants will be formally notified later in June of their funding status. Contracts and budgets will be created at the start of the fiscal year in July. Payments for projects starting in July are typically issued in August.


The fiscal year 2022 (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022) Community Support Grant has closed, the deadline to apply was April 15, 2021.

The Community Support Grant offers operating and/or project support, as well as arts learning support for organizations that provide services to their community through the arts. Grant funding is available for programs and services that take place between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022.

An organization is eligible to receive up to $7,000 in operating and/or project support and up to $3,000 in arts learning support for a total of up to $10,000 in grant funding.

Call the Arts Council at 307-214-7819 or email karen.merklin@wyo.gov with questions.

Community Support Grant questions and evaluation criteria can be found here.


Fiscal Year 2021 Information

Review Process

The Operating and Project Support and Arts Learning sections of the CSG are competitive. Following a staff review of all applications for completion, the Operating and Project Support and Arts Learning sections of the application are reviewed by a panel. The panel consists of community members, artists, arts administrators, educators, and other individuals with expertise in these fields. The panelists independently read and rank all applications based on the evaluation criteria, which is available on the Arts Council website and within the grant application. Following the initial review and ranking of each application, the panels meet in person. The panel rankings, comments, and  funding recommendations are then sent to the Wyoming Arts Council board for review. The board votes to approve or amend rankings and funding. This decision is reviewed by the Wyoming Arts Council Executive Director before organizations are notified.

Formula Funding

Wyoming Arts Council staff take the recommendations of the panels and apply a formula funding model. This formula funding model takes into consideration the ranking of applications from the panel review process and the amount of funds available. The total amount of funds requested through CSG applications is higher than the amount that can be allocated. Some grants will not be funded while others will receive less funding than requested. 

Public Input

Grant applicants and the general public are invited to call in and listen to the Operating and Project Support and Arts Learning panel meetings. Public comments are not accepted at that time. Following the panel meetings, all applicants will receive an email with the panel’s recommended rankings and comments. This provides an opportunity for grantees to review both high and low scoring applications for future grant writing development. Grantees and the general public are invited to attend or call in to the Wyoming Arts Council board meeting when they review and vote on the panel recommendations. Public comment will be taken at that meeting before the board votes, and organizations who would like to share information about their grant application are encouraged to attend or call in. Meeting dates, times, locations, and call in information will be sent to all grant applicants and shared through the Arts Council’s emails, website, and press releases.


Accessing your fiscal year 2021 (July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021) final report

The final reports for fiscal year 2021 (July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021) grants are available in the current/old granting system.

  • Click here to access your final report for projects that took place from  7/1/20 – 6/30/21 

CONTACT INFORMATION

For more information about the Community Support Grant, please contact the Arts Council at 307-214-7819.

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