Wyoming Arts Council

Community Support Grant

The Community Support Grant is designed for project and/or operational support for organizations that provide services to their community through the arts. Specific funding is available for arts learning activities, outreach to rural populations, organizational professional development, and programs involving folk arts.

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

  • Operating and Project Support (up to $12,000) – amount cannot exceed $12,000 or 50% of overall operating expenses 
  • Arts Learning Activities (up to $5,000) –  amount cannot exceed $5,000 or 50% of overall arts learning expenses 
  • Professional Development (up to $1,000)
  • Rural Arts Access (up to $1,000)
  • Programs Involving Folk and Traditional Arts and Artists (up to $1,000) 

Organizations may apply for one or all five components of this grant but are encouraged to apply for Operating and Project Support with any other components.

  • All projects must take place July 1 – June 30
  • Application available: February 1 
  • Application deadline: April 10 
  • Review Application deadline: March 1 – This deadline is only available to applicants who did not receive a Community Support Grant in the previous year. Completed applications submitted by this date will receive a staff review with suggestions on how to strengthen the application. If no changes are suggested, the application will not be returned to the applicant and will be submitted to the panel. Returned applications must be re-submitted within 7 calendar days and will not be reviewed a second time.

FY21 CSG Arts Learning Panel Comments in Score Order.

FY21 Community Support Grant Operating Project Support Panel Scores with Comments A-Z.

FY21 Community Support Grant Operating Project Support Panel in Score Order. 

FY21 CSG Arts Learning Panel with Comments A-Z.

Please click below for narrative questions, evaluation criteria, and links to all grant applications.

Community Support Grant Criteria

CSG FY21 Operating/Project Support Grant Applications

CSG FY21 Arts Learning Grant Applications

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 sent to two different panels. These panels each consist 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. 

Supplemental Funding Review Process

The supplemental funding for Professional Development, Rural Arts Access, and Folk and Traditional Arts is not competitive and is awarded on a Yes/No basis. These sections are reviewed by Wyoming Arts Council staff with expertise in these areas. Staff  evaluate each section based on the evaluation criteria and make recommendations to fund or not fund these sections. The evaluation criteria is available on the Arts Council website and within the grant application. Staff comments and funding recommendations for these sections of the CSG application are sent to the Wyoming Arts Council board, who votes to approve or amend the funding recommendations. This decision is reviewed by the Wyoming Arts Council Executive Director before organizations are notified.

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.


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Deadline: April 10 (applicants who did not receive a CSG the previous year can submit a completed application by March 1 for review).
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ACCESSING YOUR GRANT APPLICATION OR FINAL REPORT

To revise an existing grant that has been returned, 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

CONTACT INFORMATION

For more information about the Community Support Grant, please contact the Arts Council at 307-275-4476.

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