WESTAF Regional Arts Resilience Fund

In June 2020, WESTAF announced its partnership with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation on a new relief grant to support arts organizations in the 13-state western region. The $10 million Regional Arts Resilience Fund is a first-of-its-kind relief and recovery grant to each of the six U.S. Regional Arts Organizations designed to help mitigate the financial threat to the sector caused by COVID-19 by supporting small- and mid-sized arts organizations of all artistic disciplines in rural and urban areas that are regarded by their peers as having statewide, regional, or national impact. Two panels of 20 professionals from across the western region convened in October 2020 to advise WESTAF on how to administer the regranting of the $1.7 million in funds. Thirty-nine organizations from across the region were selected with grants ranging from $30,000 to $74,000. Find more information here.


WESTAF CARES Relief Fund for Organizations

In July 2020, WESTAF announced the recipients of its Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Relief Fund for Organizations grants. Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, this competitive grant program was established to provide general operating support to arts and cultural organizations in the West that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The application for the funds opened on May 6 and closed on May 11 due to high demand. 

Additional information, including a full list of awardees is available here.



TourWest is a competitive grant program that provides subsidies to arts and community organizations in the 13-state WESTAF region for the presentation of out-of-state touring performing and literary artists. The WESTAF region includes the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai‘i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, TourWest standard performance grants are available in an amount of up to $2,500 or 50% of the artistic fees, whichever is less. Visit for application, eligibility, guidelines, and policies. The TourWest grant application opens in mid-January and closes on the first day of April each year. Eligible projects in the 2020-2021 cycle must take place between September 1, 2020 and August 31, 2021 and include one public performance and one educational outreach activity. Preferential consideration will be given to applications that most effectively address the following criteria: artistic merit, presentation of programs to underserved and/or culturally diverse audiences, quality of the outreach activities, engagement and collaboration (including block booking), and thoroughness of the project’s planning.

Grantees must clearly acknowledge support from the National Endowment for the Arts (Arts Endowment), WESTAF, and their state arts agency in the programs and related promotional materials. Acknowledgement should be given in text and graphically by using the Arts Endowment and WESTAF logos below:

Example acknowledgment:

  • Funding for the Commission and its programs is provided by WESTAF (Western States Arts Federation) and the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • This project received support from [Grantee’s State Arts Agency], WESTAF (Western States Arts Federation), and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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