Wyoming Arts Council: Grants for Dance

OVERVIEW: The Wyoming Arts Council supports arts projects within the state.

IP TAKE: Grant seekers applying to these grants will have to compete with arts organizations from all other disciplines. Those with a local or regional connection to their work will likely be the most successful. Though it only serves Wyoming, it is the most established arts grantmaker in the state in an unpopulated area of giving.

PROFILE: Created in 1967, the Wyoming Arts Councilis a state agency that promotes arts programming throughout the state. It seeks to provide “leadership” and invest “resources to sustain, promote and cultivate excellence in the arts.” The arts council provides dance support through a series of grants and Performing Arts Fellowships.

The community support grants provide operational support for organizations or projects that help to bring the arts to their community. They are competitive and are awarded according to a formula, “based on the score of the grants during the panel process.” Grantees receive up to $20,000; individual artists are ineligible.

Rural Arts Access Grants provide “project funding for geographically isolated and rural areas with a population of less than 3,000.” Grant amounts go up to $750, and individual artists are ineligible.

Professional Development/Career Advancement Grants are “designed to help grow the capacity of organizations and individuals that work in, and support the arts. Grantees can receive up to $750, and individual artists are eligible, but can only receive one grant every other year. See the list of criteria here.

Mentoring Project Grants “are designed to support the transmission of Wyoming’s finest Traditional and Folk skills. Both grantees, master and apprentice, must apply together and must be residents of Wyoming for at least two years. Funded projects receive $3,000.

Performing Arts Fellowships recognize excellence in the field. Artists may only apply in one of the three categories: music, theater, or dance. Grant seekers must include “appropriate media samples and artists statements” with their application.

Applying organizations must be either a 501(c) non-profit organization or a government agency. New grant seekers can see grant data and a list of past grantees here and a helpful checklist of things to do before beginning an application here.

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