Wyoming Arts Council Hopes To Increase Successful Grant Applications

Feb 20, 2019

Community Support Grant funding helped students at the Boys and Girls Club of Cheyenne take part in art-making led by the UW Art Museum’s Artmobile Curator.
Credit Boys and Girls Club of Cheyenne-UW Art Museum Artmobile 1

A series of online workshops is aiming to expand the number of successful applicants for the Wyoming Arts Council's Community Support Grants, which offer up to $20,000 for arts-related services. They're available to public and non-profit organizations, as well as fiscally-sponsored groups.

Tyler Cessor, the Wyoming Arts Council's Community Development & Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Specialist, said the workshops are designed to give smaller arts organizations and first-time applicants a higher success rate, and he hopes that allows Community Support Grants to reach more diverse populations and communities across the state.

"The map of who has received grant support is limited," said Cessor. "And then when you look at how much is received in certain areas, it's unsettling. So this is an effort to kind of balance that scale a little bit."

The one-hour online sessions will teach participants about funding, eligibility, and how to apply, with a close look at successful grant applications from previous years.

"Sometimes there's not a great entry point into 'How do we write this grant, how do we ask for this money,' or 'what can we ask for; what can be funded?'" he said.

Online workshops will be held on February 21, February 25, and March 11. The Wyoming Arts Council is also offering a draft application review before March 1 to first-time applicants or those who didn't receive funding last year. Final grant applications are due April 1.