WESTAF Regional Arts Resilience Fund
WESTAF is proud to partner 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 US Regional Arts Organizations and is designed to help mitigate the financial threat to the sector caused by the COVID-19 pandemic 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. The Fund will also prioritize those organizations that are most at risk during this crisis, including historically under-resourced organizations, as well as those who serve under-resourced populations, communities, and art forms.
Through the WESTAF Regional Arts Resilience Fund, WESTAF will administer the re-granting of over $1.7 million across it’s 13-state region, which includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai‘i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. In alignment with WESTAF’s strategic vision for increasing opportunities, benefits, and resources for historically underrepresented communities in a manner that results in quantifiable and systemic change, the fund will support organizations led by and/or predominantly serving individuals from historically marginalized communities that identify as: Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC); low-income, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+; and/or rural, remote and under-resourced.
Organizations will be recommended by regional advisors over the summer of 2020 with awards typically ranging from $30,000 to $75,000, with a few exceptional $100,000 grants. Additional guidelines which will include a self-nomination process and recommendations from regional advisors from across the western region will be available in July 2020. Advisors will be arts leaders with a depth of knowledge about the field, including how best to represent and support the aforementioned communities. Select organizations will be invited to apply.
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 tourwest.gosmart.org 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:
Arts Endowment Logo: Use when recognizing TourWest and IMTour awards received.
- 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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Independent Music on Tour Program™
As of May 15, 2020, WESTAF is no longer administering its Independent Music on Tour Program™ (IMTour™) and associated website and roster. We look forward to sharing updates about future grant opportunities as they arise. If you have an outstanding final report for an IMTour funded performance, you may still access it and submit it at imtour.gosmart.org. WESTAF continues to support the field of touring and presenting in the western region on an annual basis through the TourWest Grant Program. For information about TourWest, visit tourwest.gosmart.org. For general grant questions, please contact email@example.com.
WESTAF’s programs and activities do not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission, access, or employment.