Wyoming Arts Council

Community Support Grant

This grant is specifically designed for project and/or operational support for organizations that provide services to their community through the arts.  It is a competitive grant, and most funded grants receive “formula funding” based on the score of the grants during the panel process, and then approval by the Wyoming Arts Council Board and Executive Director.

  • An organization is eligible to receive up to $20,000 in this grant category.  Individual artists cannot apply for this grant.
  • Funding amounts available in this grant category will provide support for the following:

◦  Operating and Project Support (up to $12,000)
—–>•  Amount cannot exceed $12,000 or 30% of overall operating expenses.
◦  Arts education activities (up to $5,000)
—–>•  Amount cannot exceed $5,000 or 30% of overall arts education expenses.
◦  Professional development (up to $1,000)
◦  Programs involving folk artists (up to $1,000)
◦  Outreach to rural communities (up to $1,000)

  • Organizations may apply for one or all five components of this grant.
  • Application Available:  February 1.  All projects must take place July 1 – June 30.
  • Final Application Deadline:  April 1.
  • Review Application Deadline:  March 1.  This deadline is only available to applicants who did NOT receive a Community Support Grant the year before.  

Complete applications must be submitted for Arts Council staff to review. If staff have suggestions to make the application stronger before it goes to panel for review, they will return the application to the Grant Seeker one time to allow them to make revisions, if they choose to. Returned applications must be re- submitted within seven (7) calendar days, and will be sent directly to panel for review (staff will not review them a second time).

If staff do not have suggestions to make the application stronger before it goes to panel for review, they will not return it to the Grant Seeker for revisions.

Click below for narrative questions and evaluation criteria.

Community Support Grant Program Criteria FY2020

Grant writing workshops for the 2020 Community Support Grant

Workshops are designed to help applicants prepare their grant applications and learn about, funding, eligibility, program scope, and how to apply for a Community Support Grant.

Workshop Dates:                                   

  • Thursday, Feb. 21, 4 p.m. with Arts Education Specialist, Mary Billiter
  • Monday, Feb. 25, 6 p.m. with Folklorist & Health & Wellness Specialist, Josh Chrysler
  • Monday, March 11, 6 p.m.

To participate, join from your computer, tablet or smartphone by following this link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/521786637

If you participated, please complete a feedback survey upon completion of your workshop.

The following FY 2019 Community Support Grant panel documents provide the average scores, general comments, and recommendations for funding, and are a great tool/resource to grantees when applying for a FY 2020 grant:

Operating/Project Support Panel:  https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1MMRjRnYEhIbOeqZ12PTAl7fTFG78PZWv?usp=sharing

Arts Education Panel: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ovIdeGOardvYmrt_d9Z0_cHlFxZ0aLLW?usp=sharing


May:  Panels will meet to review/score the FY 2020 Community Support Grant Applications and make funding recommendations to the Wyoming Arts Council Board. 

June  The Wyoming Arts Council Board will convene to review panel recommendations on grants.  Grantees will receive an email by July 1st to notify them if their grant was approved.


To apply for a new grant, make revisions to an existing grant that has been returned to you, or access a final report, you must click on the correct link below to ensure you are redirected to the correct document.  Double check to make sure that the dates of your project correspond to the link you click on.

  • Click here to access the FY 2020 CSG grant application for projects that will take place from 7/1/19 – 6/30/20  (effective 2/1/19)
  • Click here to access your final report for projects that took place from 7/1/17 – 6/30/18
  • Click here to access your final report for projects that took place form 7/1/18 – 6/30/19


For more information about the Community Support Grant, please contact the Arts Council at 307-777-5234 or email tyler.cessor@wyo.gov.