Thursday, March 18, 2010

WAC announces new OSG grant category

The Wyoming Arts Council announces its new Operating Support Grant program (OSG). This grant program will help fund the ongoing work of Wyoming’s established non-profit arts organizations. OSG funding may be used by organizations to support any of their general operating expenses, including salaries, marketing, rent, utilities, insurance, supplies, exhibits or artistic fees. Based upon the organization’s total operating budget, this program will allow requests to range from $7,000.00 to $15,000.00 per applicant organization. The application process will be conducted online with an application deadline of April 12, 2010. The funding requested must be for operating support and arts projects beginning July 1, 2010 and ending June 30, 2011.

Because of the wide range of expenses the grant can include, OSG applicants are required to submit more detailed information than other WAC grant applicants. The additional information allows the WAC grant review panel and board members to get a more detailed picture of the applicant organization’s overall structure,management practices, fiscal stability and activities.

A Wyoming based, non-profit arts organization may apply for an Operating Support Grant. Organizations may not use a fiscal sponsor in this grant category. All applicants to this grant program must have tax-exempt status under section 501 (c) 3 of the IRS code, must have held that status for at least two years, and must also comply with certain other requirements.

Wyoming non-profit arts organizations are limited to receiving either an Operating Support Grant OR Grants to Organizations funding each fiscal year. Organizations may apply through both programs this year, but will only be awarded the higher of the two grant awards. No first-time applicants will be accepted into this grant program.

All grant applicants are strongly encouraged to contact WAC staff to determine which grant category will best support their arts organization or arts projects.

For assistance with the Operating Support Grant Program call Randy Oestman at (307) 777-7109; FAX (307) 777-5499; TDD (307) 777-5964.