In recognizing that the work of equity, both internally and externally is an ongoing and ever-evolving commitment, WESTAF approaches grant making through an equity lens, focusing on underrepresented and rural communities and striving to connect and inspire artists, leaders, and communities, strengthening the arts field by catalyzing change and building a more inclusive arts and culture sector.


A new initiative from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced today aims to expand access to arts participation in our country. A partnership with South Arts and in collaboration with the other five U.S. Regional Arts Organizations, ArtsHERE will provide non-matching grant support for organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to equity within their practices and programming.

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TourWest is a competitive grant program, supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, that provides subsidies to arts and community organizations for the presentation of touring performers and literary artists within the 13-state WESTAF region and the Pacific jurisdictions.

Relief and Recovery Grants

With the support of federal and private funding, WESTAF was able to prioritize relief and recovery funding to arts organizations and artists throughout the 13-state region and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). Largely, these were organizations that were most impacted by the pandemic but had received little or no funding support up to that point. This allowed WESTAF to build new funding relationships across the sector.

BIPOC Artist Fund

WESTAF is thrilled to share the awardees of the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Artist Fund! These artists represent a range of disciplines, from visual to performing arts, and we are delighted to support their creativity and contributions to the cultural landscape of the Western region.