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Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund (WCTF) Grant

Grants to Wyoming Nonprofits and Agencies to
Promote Arts, Cultural, and Historical Resources

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Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund (WCTF)

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10/01/18 5:00 PM Delivery or Postmarked by Date


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Wyoming nonprofit organizations and government agencies to promote and preserve the state’s arts, cultural, and historical resources. Applicants requesting funds for preservation easements must submit a draft application by March 1, 2018.

The mission of the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund is to serve the citizens of Wyoming by supporting Wyoming’s culture and heritage through grant funding of innovative projects for the enjoyment, appreciation, promotion, preservation, and protection of the state’s arts, cultural and historic resources; and to support and invest in Wyoming institutions that help further this mission.

The WCTF can provide grant funding for all forms of arts and culture, including but not limited to:

-Visual Art: photography, sculpture, painting, experimental, graphics
-Performing Arts: theater, dance, music
-Crafts: clay, fiber, glass, leather, wood, jewelry, mixed-media
-Design Arts: architecture, fashion, industrial, landscape
-Media Arts: film, audio, video, technology/experimental
-Archaeology – fieldwork, education, outreach
-Literature: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, criticism
-Folk/Traditional Arts: dance, music, crafts, oral traditions
-Humanities: history, folklore/folklife, languages, anthropology, sociology
-Historic and Architectural Preservation: conservation, survey, preservation planning, restoration or rehabilitation
-Community Cultural Celebrations
-Cultural and Heritage Tourism

Grant applications shall, at a minimum, indicate the ability of the organization or project to accomplish one (1) or more of the following:

-Create and complete innovative projects that expand and develop Wyoming’s cultural environment

-Reward innovative thinking in advancing Wyoming’s culture

-Preserve Wyoming’s historical and cultural heritage

-Increase awareness of Wyoming’s historical and cultural heritage

-Develop and promote cultural events that bring Wyoming citizens together to celebrate the State’s cultural heritage

-Increase the availability and access of cultural opportunities for the citizens of Wyoming

-Build long-term financial investment in Wyoming cultural institutions and infrastructure, including increasing and stimulating public and private investment

-Strengthen and increase the organizational capacity of Wyoming’s cultural institutions

-Increase cooperation, communication and partnerships between nonprofit cultural organizations, public entities, the private sector and individuals for the benefit of Wyoming’s cultural life

-Develop new local and/or regional organizations devoted to the advancement of culture

-Support the role of Wyoming’s cultural life in community and economic development

-Develop cultural and heritage tourism in the state

Grant applications should address projects/events/activities that are not traditionally served by, do not qualify for, or are beyond the programs or resources of the State Historic Preservation Office, Wyoming Arts Council, or Wyoming Humanities Council.

Preservation Easement grants are available for projects that protect and preserve cultural resources (be they archaeological sites, historic buildings or monuments). Please refer to the guidelines (attached below) for additional information about Preservation Easement. Draft applications for Preservation Easement requests must be submitted no later than March 1.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179341

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests should be no greater than $50,000. Previous awards have averaged approximately $10,000.

Term of Contract:

The April 2 dealdine is for projects/events/activities that begin after July 1; and the October 1 deadline is for projects/events/activities that begin after January 1, 2019.

The WCTF will consider proposals that span multiple fiscal years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Wyoming nonprofit and governmental agencies may apply. Nonprofit organizations must be determined tax-exempt by the Internal Revenue Service and incorporated in the State of Wyoming. Governmental agency means any state, tribal, federal, county or local government agency, including municipal subdivisions.

All programs and activities proposed must occur primarily within the State of Wyoming. Although it is recognized that expertise may be based in other states, the final product/project/event or activity must occur in Wyoming. Promotional or marketing efforts of events/sites/projects may be directed and focused outside the state.

Not Funded:
-Education in a matriculating course of study
-Bad debts or any losses from previous years or from uncollectible accounts/claims
-Projects or costs completed prior to awarding of grant
-Goods or services for personal use
-Costs of defense or prosecution of criminal and civil proceedings, claims, appeals and patent infringements

Pre-Application Information:

Any applicant may submit a draft proposal for review by the WCTF Program Coordinator prior to March 16, 2018 or September 14, 2018.

Preservation Easement applications ARE REQUIRED to submit a draft by March 1, 2018, or September 3, 2018, respectively.

In 2018, the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund will have two (2) deadlines: April 2, for projects/events/activities that begin after July 1; and October 1, for projects/events/activities that begin after January 1, 2019. Feel free to contact the WCTF administrator early to bounce around ideas and possible applications, or for any questions.

All material must be postmarked by April 2, 2018 or October 1, 2018. No electronic submission will be accepted (i.e., e-mail attachments). Material may be hand-delivered to the WCTF office no later than 5 p.m., Monday, April 2, 2018 or 5 p.m., Monday, October 1, 2018.

The WCTF Board will meet in mid-May to early-June to review April applications; mid-November to early December to review October applications.

Timeline :
-March 1, 2018: Draft applications for Preservation Easements due
-March 16, 2018: Draft applications for all other projects due
-April 2, 2018: Final applications due

-September 3, 2018: Draft applications for Preservation Easements due
-September 14, 2018: Draft applications for all other projects due
-October 1, 2018: Final applications due

All Cultural Trust Fund grant awards must be matched dollar for dollar. All match expenses and in-kind must occur during the grant period. Applications must demonstrate a match based either on cash and/or in-kind donations.

Endowment requests must provide a full cash-match. Staff salaries are appropriate match if the project requires significant oversight or involvement by staff, and is restricted by the Indirect Cost Recovery/Overhead Expense limitations itemized in the guidelines.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email drafts to:

Renée Bovée, WCTF Administrator

Application material must be mailed to:

Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources
Barrett Building
2301 Central Avenue
Cheyenne, Wy 82002

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Wyoming