City of West Hollywood Issues Open Call for WeHo Arts Grant Proposals

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The City of West Hollywood has opened application opportunities for its 2022 WeHo Arts Grant Program. The City will host two Arts Grant Program information workshops for those who are interested in applying to learn more about the City’s grant-eligibility requirements and application process, as well as to ask questions.

Arts Grant Program Workshops will be held online via the Zoom platform on: Monday, May 10, 2021 at 1 p.m.; and Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 7 p.m. Each workshop will cover the same general information; register in advance at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arts-grant-program-workshops-tickets-144316852591.  The workshops will be recorded and will be available for viewing after the event at www.weho.org/arts. First-time grant applicants and returning organizations with new development personnel are strongly encouraged to attend one of the Arts Grant Program workshops to become familiar with the application process.

Grant opportunities are available to individuals, artistic teams, and nonprofit arts organizations. Arts grants are for varying amounts and they include funding for City arts projects, individual artists, and organizational development.

The City invites and encourages artists and organizations representing diverse populations and diverse artistic disciplines to apply for these grants. As defined in the Cultural Equity Statement, diversity includes all ways in which people differ, including but not limited to: race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, education, age, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ability, geography, citizenship status, religion, language, physical appearance, and the intersection of these various identities. The City commits to ensuring cultural equity in all arts policies and practices.

The WeHo Arts Grant categories with open application processes for 2022 are as follows:

  • Arts Project Grant — Supports the production, performance, or presentation of art projects that take place in the City of West Hollywood and that serve the West Hollywood community. The Arts Project Grant category is a match grant [a match grant requires that for every dollar requested from the funding source, the equal amount is matched – through in-kind donations, private donations, and/or other grants] and is awarded in a two-year cycle. The maximum grant award is $20,000 per grantee ($10,000 per year). The deadline for this category is Thursday, July 1, 2021.
  • Community Arts Grant — Supports arts projects developed by educational, social service, or community-based nonprofit organizations in which art is not the primary mission of the organization. Community Arts Grants will be reviewed twice a year (June and December). The maximum grant award for this category is $2,000. The deadline for this category is Monday, November 1, 2021.
  • Organizational Development Grant — Supports both the organization’s mission to provide arts programming and the organization’s capacity by directly supporting technical assistance to improve its ability to fundraise, develop audiences, and build its administrative infrastructure. This grant category is not a match grant and, with one application, an organization can be funded for three years. The maximum grant is $6,000 per grantee. $3,000 per year awarded for the presentation of an arts project. $3,000 per year dedicated to technical assistance. The deadline for this category is Thursday, July 1, 2021.
  • Transgender Arts Initiative Grant — Supports and enhances the presentation of artworks in West Hollywood by transgender artists, artist collectives or groups, and non-profit organizations with a history of supporting transgender artists. The maximum grant award is $6,500 for both artists and artist collectives. This award includes enrollment in the West Hollywood Artist Bootcamp, a professional development series for artists about the business of art. The deadline for this category is Thursday, July 1, 2021.
  • WeHo Artist Grant — Supports the long-term development of an artist’s ideas by providing funds. This increases the capacity for artists to realize work, advance the conditions of creation, and navigate the complexities of making art and a career. The maximum grant award is $5,000 per year for three artists. Eligible artists must reside in the City of West Hollywood. Applications in this category will be available September 1, 2021. The deadline for this category is Friday, November 19, 2021.

The City of West Hollywood also offers funding through its One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival Grant intended for arts projects taking place from May 22 through June 30, 2022 as part of the City’s One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival. This grant application will open in July 2021 and close in September, 2021.

The City of West Hollywood City Council also released funding for a grant to support resident performing artists.

Artists and organizations interested in applying for the WeHo Arts Grant program may visit www.weho.org/arts for more information.

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