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WeHo Arts Grants and Opportunities

The City of West Hollywood offers a wide range of Arts and Culture opportunities. To be notified when any application opens, we recommend you sign up for our Arts Briefs Newsletter

CURRENT GRANTEES:

If you have been awarded a grant from the City of West Hollywood, please find instructions on managing your grant, links to appropriate logos, and the links to submitting your Media Advisory and Final Report digitally here.

Stay informed about future opportunities:

WEHO ARTS GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Arts GrantsFrequently Asked Questions [document]

Scroll down for Non Grant Arts Opportunities (like Summer Sounds, Free Theatre, Art on the Outside)

REVISED YEAR II or III WEHO ARTS PROJECT or ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANTS If you are submitting a revised Year II or III proposal for a grant you have already received please visit the Information for Arts Grantees page for the application links.

2018-2019 WEHO ARTS ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANT APPLICATION (DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 14, 3PM) - The City of West Hollywood Organizational Development Grant supports arts organizations with budgets under $75,000 and an interest in strengthening their organization’s infrastructure. The Organizational Development Grant provides two benefits for nonprofit arts organizations by supporting both the organization’s mission to provide arts programming, and to support the organization itself with technical assistance to improve its ability to fundraise, develop audiences, and build its administrative structure.

2018-2019 WEHO ARTS PROJECT GRANT APPLICATION (DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 14, 3PM) - Organizations may apply for two years of grant funding with one application. The organization will be required to apply for two projects, one for each project year. The projects are not required to be related and may be completely separate in terms of scope, audience, artists, or other project components. At the conclusion of year one, the organization will be required to submit an update or revision for its second year project for review and approval by the Commission. In order to receive its second year grant, the organization must be in compliance with all other eligibility requirements and have submitted its Final Report for the first year project within the 30 days required. The Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission reserves the right to reassign a grant application to another grant category for which the application and organization may be more appropriate. Maximum grant award $17,000 ($8,500 per year)

TRANSGENDER ARTS INITIATIVE GRANT (DEADLINE OCTOBER 5, 3PM) Transgender Arts Initiative Grants are a pilot program initiated by City Council intended to support and enhance artwork to be presented or exhibited in West Hollywood by transgender artists or nonprofit organizations with a history of supporting transgender individuals. The maximum award any individual artist or artist collective may receive under this grant is $3,000. The maximum award any 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization may receive under this grant is $5,000.

ONE CITY ONE PRIDE FESTIVAL GRANT APPLICATION (2018 GRANT DEADLINE OCTOBER 5, 3PM) - Each year the City of West Hollywood produces a program of LGBTQ-related arts, educational and cultural events around June Pride month between Harvey Milk Day (May 22) through the end of June Pride Month (June 30), providing 40 days of celebrating pride through meaningful arts, education, and cultural programming. The festival comprises film screenings, exhibitions, theatre, dance, music, installation art, literary events, and more. One City One Pride Festival Grants are intended to support a variety of programs, projects and events developed/produced by nonprofit organizations, individual artists and artist groups, to expand the celebration of June Pride Month through arts and cultural activities. For more information on West Hollywood's One City One Pride please visit www.weho.org/pride and www.facebook.com/wehopride.

WEHO ARTS COMMUNITY GRANT APPLICATION (ROLLING DEADLINE)The City of West Hollywood is pleased to offer year round WeHo Arts Community Grants intended to support a variety of community-based programs, projects and events developed/produced by nonprofit organizations where a modest grant can make a meaningful difference in enriching the cultural life of the West Hollywood community.. The maximum award any organization may receive is $1,000. These grants are:

  • for community-based organizations that want to add artists and performances to their community programs or events or undertake an arts education program for a specific population such as senior, children, or special needs groups;
  • for small arts projects developed by educational, social service, or community-based organizations in which art is not the primary mission of the organization;
  • designed to enhance free public events with an arts component;
  • intended to provide payment or honorariums to performers, singers, musicians, poets, or other artists;
  • for productions or presentations of art projects developed by small non-profit arts organizations;
  • designed to increase access to and/or participation in the arts and could be used for art making or arts participation activities, typically for educational or therapeutic purposes, in support of the organization's mission.

WEHO LITTLE FREE LIBRARY MICRO-GRANT APPLICATION (ROLLING DEADLINE) The City of West Hollywood is providing micro-grants to City residents interested in being a steward for a Little Free Library, as part of a pilot program to bring books and literature directly into city neighborhoods. Two grants in the amount of $600 each may be provided during this fiscal year.

NON-GRANT ARTS OPPORTUNITIES

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS FROM WEST HOLLYWOOD ARTISTS - Community Plaza Banners - (DEADLINE EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 27) - The City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division is seeking qualifications from West Hollywood artists to design a series of three, temporary and site-specific, vinyl banners for the West Hollywood City Hall Community Plaza. The intent of this RFQ is to commission a visual artist to creatively respond to Kim Dower’s poem I Sing the Body West Hollywood in the form of a 2-dimensional artwork. Kim Dower currently serves as the City of West Hollywood’s City Poet. The artwork will be transposed onto three vinyl banners, each measuring 8.5 x 22.9 feet. The selected artist will be responsible for designing the banners and providing print ready files. The City will fabricate and install the banners. The banners will remain on display for approximately 12 months.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS - Public Art Exhibition Curator (DEADLINE OCTOBER 11) - The City of West Hollywood's Arts Division is seeking an arts professional to curate a temporary public art exhibition for the Santa Monica Boulevard at Doheny Drive Sculpture Park. Independent curators and curators representing non-profit art organizations, art center, galleries and/or museums are invited develop proposals for an engaging temporary public art exhibition for the City's primary outdoor exhibition space. The term of the exhibition is expected to begin in February 2018 and conclude in February 2019.

2018-19 SUMMER SOUNDS AND WINTER SOUNDS CONCERT SERIES (DEADLINE NOVEMBER 22) - The City of West Hollywood presents two free series of concerts for the public each year. Summer Sounds is a series of outdoor concerts taking place in the City's public spaces such as Kings Road Park, City Hall Community Plaza and Plummer Park between June and September. Winter Sounds is an indoor concert series held in the City Council Chambers at the West Hollywood Library. Please complete this application by noon on November 22, 2017 to be considered for these concert series. A decision will be made by March 2018. For more information on West Hollywood's Summer or Winter Sounds Concert Series please visit www.weho.org/arts or www.facebook.com/WeHoArts.

2018 ONE CITY ONE PRIDE ARTS FESTIVAL - DESIGN COMPETITION (DEADLINE DECEMBER 27) The City of West Hollywood's WeHo Arts program invites any and all artists to create a design that celebrates the theme of this year’s One City One Pride Arts Festival. The selected winner will win an award of $550 and the opportunity to display their artwork to thousands of people as part of the One City One Pride promotional campaign, on booklets, street banners and other collateral. 

OPEN CALL - Temporary Public Art Project Proposals (DEADLINES JUNE 30 & DECEMBER 31) - The City of West Hollywood through its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission and Art on the Outside Subcommittee reviews temporary public art projects on behalf of the City in the fields of visual and performance art, film/video, architecture, design, and emerging/multi-disciplinary practices. To propose a project, please use the application form found below. It is recommended that projects being proposed have a source of funding associated with them as the City receives many proposals for projects and City funding and staff resources for such projects are very limited.

West Hollywood Library - CULTURAL PROGRAMMING OPPORTUNITIES (QUARTERLY DEADLINES) - The West Hollywood Library campus provides opportunities for Cultural programs and displays within the public areas of the West Hollywood Library Facility. Organizations and individuals are welcome to apply. Proposals are reviewed by a committee using the criteria as described in the guidelines. Please note that the Library receives far more requests for programming than it is able to accommodate. Applicants should plan on at least 4 months of advance lead time for proposed programs.

CITY POET PROGRAM (APPLICATION OPENS EARLY 2018) The City of West Hollywood through its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission and the inter-agency West Hollywood Library Cultural Programming Committee are seeking qualified applicants to the West Hollywood City Poet Program. The West Hollywood City Poet serves as the official ambassador of West Hollywood’s vibrant literary culture, using the position as a platform from which to promote poetry in West Hollywood, the transformative qualities of poetry, and the written word throughout all parts of the community. Click here for more info on this program.

 

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