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 were designed to help applicants prepare their grant applications and learn about, funding, eligibility, program scope, and how to apply for a Community Support Grant. If you participated, please complete a feedback survey upon completion of your workshop.

FY 2020 Panel Meeting Update

The panel review meetings for Wyoming Arts Council Community Support Grant requests will be held May 13-14.  Applicants and the general public are invited to call in and listen to the panel review and discussion.  All callers will be in listen-only mode for the duration of the calls and will not be able to comment.  Both panels will review requests in alphabetical order by organization name.  This is a great professional development opportunity for art administrators and grant writers.

Review of requests asking for operating and project support will begin at 9:00 a.m. on May 13.  The public is invited to listen by calling in at +1 (646) 749-3122 Access Code: 415-058-557 or by joining via computer, tablet or smartphone at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/415058557 .

A separate review panel of requests asking for arts education funding will begin at 8:00 a.m. on May 14.  The public is invited to listen by calling  ‪+1 530-395-0988‬ and using PIN: ‪543 335‬# or by joining via computer, tablet, or smartphone at meet.google.com/pbx-rrbu-aja.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

The Wyoming Arts Council board will review grant panel recommendations during their quarterly board meeting on the afternoon of May 30 in Casper.  As the date gets closer, please visit  www.wyomingartscouncil.org  for information about the board meeting, including call in information and available times for public comment.  Note that this is the only time when applicants will be able to comment.

We are also pleased to provide you with a link to the Community Support requests that were submitted.  The public is invited to review grant requests and follow along with panelists’ comments.  Doing this not only provides transparency, but also allows our grant seekers to view all of the requests that were submitted and be able to participate in the grant process.

We encourage you to review the requests for the Operating/Project Support at:

The requests for Arts Education support can be found at:


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 your final report for projects that took place from  7/1/19 – 6/30/20
  • Click here to access your final report for projects that took place from 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.