WESTAF CARES Relief Fund for Organizations

Due to high demand, the WESTAF CARES Relief Fund for Organizations is CLOSED and no longer accepting applications. We look forward to providing updates on the status of this funding as they become available.

The WESTAF CARES Relief Fund for Organizations is a competitive grant program, supported by the National Endowment for the Arts through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress and signed into law in March 2020. The WESTAF CARES Relief Fund provides general operating support to arts and culture organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional information is available at



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. You can download 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.

Please contact with questions.


Independent Music on Tour Program™

As of May 15, 2020, WESTAF will no longer administer 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 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 For general grant questions, please contact

WESTAF’s programs and activities do not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission, access, or employment.

Funding for TourWest is provided by WESTAF and the National Endowment for the Arts.