The City of West Hollywood opened applications for the City’s 2021 Arts Grant Program. Grant applications are due no later than 3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16, 2020. Artists and organizations interested in applying may visit www.weho.org/community/arts-and-culture/grants-and-opportunities for more information.
Grant opportunities are available to individuals, artistic teams, and nonprofit arts organizations. Arts grants are for varying amounts, and include funding for City arts projects, individual artists, organizational development, and the One City One Pride Festival. The Arts Grants categories for 2021 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. Grants are awarded in a two-year cycle. The maximum grant award is $20,000 per grantee ($10,000 per year). The total annual budget for this category is $40,000.
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 per application. The total annual budget for this category is $8,000.
One City One Pride Grant — Supports programs, projects, and panels developed or produced by nonprofit organizations, artist collectives, and individual artists, to expand the celebration of June Pride Month through the lens of history, culture, and art. The maximum award for the presentation of theatrical works, exhibitions, music concerts, and films in production is $13,000. The total annual budget for this grant category is $35,000.
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. Grants are awarded in a three-year grant cycle. The maximum grant is $18,000 per grantee ($6,000 per year awarded over three years, $3,000 per year dedicated to technical assistance).
Transgender Arts Initiative Grant — Supports and enhances the presentation of artworks in the City of 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. The total budget for this grant category is $25,000.
WeHo Artist Grant — Supports the long-term development of an artist’s ideas by providing funds that increase the capacity for artists to realize work, advance the conditions of creation, and navigate the complexities of both making art and making a career. The maximum grant award is $5,000 per year for two artists. The total annual budget for this category is $10,000.
In order to assist those interested in applying for a grant, the City will host its annual Grant Workshop on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 11 a.m. online via the Zoom virtual platform. Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/113825930422. The workshop 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 the Grant Workshop to learn more about the City’s grant-eligibility requirements and application process, as well as to ask questions.
The City of West Hollywood remains in a declared local emergency in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. While Los Angeles County is allowing for a phased reopening of some businesses and activities, coronavirus transmission and COVID-19 disease remain a serious risk. West Hollywood City Hall is currently closed to in-person transactions, but City Hall services remain accessible by phone at (323) 848-6400 and via the City’s website at www.weho.org. City of West Hollywood coronavirus information is available at www.weho.org/coronavirus.
For more information about the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Grant Program, visit www.weho.org/arts or contact City of West Hollywood Arts Grants Coordinator, Eva Angeloff, at (323) 848-6354 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.