TourWest is a competitive grant program supported by the National Endowment for the Arts that provides subsidies to arts and community organizations in the 13-state WESTAF region (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai‘i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming) for the presentation of out-of-state touring performing and literary artists. TourWest standard performance grants are available for up to $2,500 or 50% of the artistic fees, whichever is less.

Due to the unprecedented effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, WESTAF’s TourWest team has been dedicated to offering as much flexibility as possible to accommodate our community of presenters and artists during this challenging time. In an effort to continue providing this flexibility, the TourWest team has decided to make revisions to the application process and guidelines at the beginning of the new application cycle to better serve presenters in our region. To create the most thoughtful and relevant application, the launch date has been postponed until February 2021.

The new launch date will not affect the timing of the grant cycle. Eligible projects must still take place between September 1, 2021 and August 31, 2022. The application deadline of April 1, 2021 will also remain the same. The application will be available at after the official launch date, along with eligibility, guidelines, and details of the changes and accommodations made to the 2021-2022 application.

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. For details, see the TourWest Terms and Conditions.

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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.