WeHo accepting applications for 2022 arts grants

Wave Staff Report

WEST HOLLYWOOD — The city has opened the application process for its 2022 arts grant program.

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 held a workshop for those interested in applying for grants on May 10 and will conduct another workshop at 7 p.m. June 8 via the Zoom platform for those who are interested in learning more about grant-eligibility requirements and the application process, as well as to ask questions.

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 encouraged to attend one of the workshops to become familiar with the application process.

There are six art grants categories.

The arts project grant supports the production, performance or presentation of art projects that take place in the city and serve the local community. It is a match grant that requires a dollar-to-dollar match for every dollar requested.

It has a maximum grant award of $20,000 and is awarded in a two-year cycle. The deadline to apply is July 1.

Community arts grants support 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 are reviewed twice a year, in June and December.

The maximum grant award for this category is $2,000 and the deadline to apply is Nov. 1.

An 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 and $3,000 per year dedicated to technical assistance. The deadline to apply is July 1.

The transgender arts initiative grant supports and enhances the presentation of artworks in West Hollywood by transgender artists, artist collectives or groups, and nonprofit organizations with a history of supporting transgender artists. The maximum grant award is $6,500 for both artists and artist collectives. The award includes enrollment in the West Hollywood Artist Bootcamp, a professional development series for artists about the business of art. The deadline to apply is July 1.

The 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 three artists. Eligible artists must reside in the city. Applications for this grant will be available Sept. 1 and must be submitted by Nov. 19.

The city 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 next year’s One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival. The grant application process opens in July and closes in September.

Additionally, the City Council has released funding for an as-yet-to-be-determined grant to support resident performing artists.

Artists and organizations interested in applying for arts grants may visit www.weho.org/arts for more information.