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 1st.  All projects must take place July 1 – June 30.
  • Final Application Deadline:  April 1st.
  • Review Application Deadline:  March 1st.  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


May:  On May 17th and 18th, two panels met to review and score the 142 Community Support Grant Applications and make funding recommendations to the Wyoming Arts Council Board. 


June 1st:  The Wyoming Arts Council board convened at 9:00 am to hear reports, plan for upcoming events, get updates on current arts council initiatives, review panel recommendations on grants, and conduct business.  An executive session may be called if necessary.  The board invited individuals and organizational representatives to call into any part of the meeting to observe the board process and to address the board during public comment. Public comment will follow board and staff reports.  All participants were put in silent mode except during public comment.

Grantees were invited to  join the meeting from their computer, tablet or smartphone by going to:  https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/770040701.  You can also dial in using your phone:  +1 (312) 757-3121 Access Code: 770-040-701.

We encouraged grantees to review the applications, as well as the panel’s comments and recommendations from the operating/project support panel at:  https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1MMRjRnYEhIbOeqZ12PTAl7fTFG78PZWv?usp=sharing

The arts education applications, panel’s comments and recommendations can be found at: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ovIdeGOardvYmrt_d9Z0_cHlFxZ0aLLW?usp=sharing

Panel documents provide the average scores, general comments, and recommendations for funding, and are a great tool/resource to grantees.  The panel provided a recommendation to the Board, who reviewed these recommendations during their quarterly board meeting.

June 1st:  Grant seekers whose grants were not funded were notified via email.

June 8th:  Grant seekers whose grants were funded were notified via email.  If the Grant seeker who submitted the Community Support Grant request did not receive their award email, they should contact the Arts Council.

June 8th – 14th:  Subgrantee Award Agreements (contracts) were created for each awarded Community Support Grant, and were sent electronically to the Attorney General’s office for approval.

June 21st:  The first group of approved Subgrantee Award Agreements were received from the Attorney General and mailed out to Grant seekers to get the two required signatures on them and then mail them back to the Arts Council.  We will receive the remaining approved Agreements over the next two weeks and mail them out as they are received.  Grant seekers who have not received their Agreements by July 15th should notify the Arts Council.

NOTE:  If your organization (or Fiscal Sponsor, if used)  has not received a payment from the State of Wyoming in the past two years, you will also need to mail the Arts Council a completed W9 form, and a Wyoming Management Form, so you can be added to the state database.  Processing these forms will take 4-6 weeks, and then your grant payment can be issued.

July – August:  We will start issuing payments as soon as we receive the signed Subgrantee Award Agreement from the Grant seeker, and the new state budgets are set up.  The new budgets may not be ready to start processing payments until early August.   Please be patient with us as we go through this yearly transition, and allow sufficient time to process your payment before contacting us to ask about the status.


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 re-directed 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 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 307-777-7772.