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WeHo Arts Grants and Opportunities

The City of West Hollywood offers a wide range of Arts and Culture opportunities. Open opportunities are in green and closed are in red

  • For Non Grant Arts Opportunities (including Summer & Winter Sounds, Free Theatre in the Parks, etc.), click here or scroll down.

  • For Arts Grants Opportunities (including City Arts Grants, Cultural Resource Development Grants, One City One Pride and Arts Participation Grants) click here or scroll down.

Other resources:

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

ARTS GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

For Non Grant Arts Opportunities (like Summer Sounds & Free Theatre), click here (or scroll down)

Frequently Asked Questions about WeHo Arts Grants [Word]

OPEN - HATCH DIGITAL INCUBATION PROGRAMIn order to encourage the creation of digital content, as well as support and develop digital filmmakers who live and work in West Hollywood, the City of West Hollywood has launched the pilot program HATCH. Through HATCH, independent creatives can incubate and launch new creative visual ideas, scripted or experimental, with the support of the City as a co-sponsor of the digital film project. 

If selected, qualifying, low-impact digital film projects may receive: a grant of $1,000 to offset costs for insurance, fees, and other production necessities; potentially waived or reduced film, administrative, and other ancillary fees; and potential access to filmmaking equipment and post-production services through West Hollywood Public Access, based on availability. Before applying, it is imperative to contact the West Hollywood Film Office Liaison at wehofilm@weho.org or 323-848-6489 to ensure any proposed projects meet the appropriate guidelines, and that there are still funds available.

OPEN (ROLLING DEADLINES) - ARTS PARTICIPATION GRANTSArts Participation Grants support arts projects developed by education, social service, or community-based organizations in which art is not the primary mission of the organization orsmaller arts projects developed by nonprofit arts organizations. An organization may receive only one grant per fiscal year (July 1 - June 30) of up to $1,000.  Arts Participation Grants may be applied for at any time during the fiscal year and will be awarded until funds are no longer available. (As a rule, proposals should be received by the 3rd Thursday of the month to be reviewed at the next month's Performing Arts & Cultural Affairs Subcommittee meeting - which take place generally on the 2nd Thursday of the month)

    OPEN (ROLLING DEADLINES) - COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT GRANTCommunity Enrichment Grants are 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 and sustainable difference in enriching the cultural life of the West Hollywood community. The maximum award any organization may receive under this grant is $1,000. (As a rule, proposals should be received by the 3rd Thursday of the month to be reviewed at the next month's Performing Arts & Cultural Affairs Subcommittee meeting - which generally takes place on the 2nd Thursday of the month)

    OPEN - TRANSGENDER ARTS INITIATIVE GRANTTransgender 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. Funding for projects in 2017 is no longer available. At the moment, we will only accept applications for Trans Art Initiative projects taking place during 2018.

    OPEN (Rolling Deadline)  WEHO LITTLE FREE LIBRARY APPLICATIONThe 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.

    CLOSED  - CITY ARTS PROJECT GRANTCity Arts Projects Grants support the production, performance, or presentation of art projects that serve the West Hollywood community. Non-profit organizations may apply for two years of grant funding with one application and with which the organization can apply for two projects, one for each project year. The maximum award any organization may receive under this grant is $8,500 per year. Application deadline: Friday, September 9, 2016 3PM PST.

    CLOSED  - CULTURAL RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT GRANT - Cultural Resource Development Grants support arts organizations with budgets under $75,000 and an interest in strengthening their organization’s infrastructure. The City will award up to five (5) Cultural Resource Development Grants and the maximum award any organization may receive under this grant is $2,500 with an additional $1,500 in technical assistance. With its first successful application, the organization would be awarded a three-year contract (maximum grant of $7,500 and technical assistance of $4,500 payable over 3 years). Application deadline: Friday, September 9, 2016 3PM PST.

    CLOSED -  ONE CITY ONE PRIDE FESTIVAL GRANT APPLICATION- 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 (visit www.weho.org/pride for more info). This year's theme is "Go West!":

    Whether associated with Horace Greeley’s famous quote from the 1800’s ("Go West, young man, and grow up with the country"), the Village People’s anthem of hope and unity, or the Pet Shop Boys later cover of the song, Go West conjures images of a movement toward a promised land.  For many LGBTQ people, this included the idea of a West Coast utopia, a dream of gay liberation, and the freedom to live lives openly in the West Coast meccas of San Francisco, Los Angeles, and the emerging, influential young City of West Hollywood.  Most recently, there has been a wave of artists and creatives moving here from New York. Over the years, people have moved West for many reasons, and for 2017 One City One Pride takes a look at what pride means to those who accepted the call to “Go West!”

    The maximum award is $7,000. Application deadline: Tuesday, September 6, 2016 5PM PST.

    NON-GRANT ARTS OPPORTUNITIES

    For information on Arts and Culture Grants, click here! (or scroll up) 

    OPEN (JUNE 15, 2017 DEADLINE) - RFQ - DATA VISUALIZATIONS FOR WEHO ARTS: THE PLAN - The City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division is seeking qualifications from artists and artist teams in order to select an artist/team(s) to produce data visualizations of the community priorities and information collected in the City’s cultural plan, WeHo Arts: The Plan. The City intends to select three (3) artist/team(s) to create unique digital artworks to illustrate the vision for The Plan and its outcomes.

    CLOSED (Deadline December 31, 2016) - 2017 ONE CITY ONE PRIDE ARTS FESTIVAL - DESIGN COMPETITION - The City of West Hollywood through WeHo Arts (the City's Arts & Cultural Affairs Commission and Arts Division) 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 $475 and the opportunity to display their artwork to thousands of people as part of the One City One Pride promotional campaign, on posters, street banners and other collateral.

    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, 2017) through the end of June Pride Month (June 30, 2017), 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. For more information on West Hollywood's One City One Pride please visit www.weho.org/pride.

    OPEN (SEMI-ANNUAL DEADLINES) - TEMPORARY PUBLIC ART PROJECT PROPOSALS- 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.

    OPEN (QUARTERLY DEADLINES) West Hollywood Library - CULTURAL PROGRAMMING OPPORTUNITIES- 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 since the committee meets only every 3 months.

    CLOSED (Deadline: November 24, 2015 at 5pm) FREE THEATRE IN THE PARKSThe Free Theatre in the Parks program supports the production of free theatre performances held during the summer in local parks around West Hollywood. Often this program has supported 'Free Shakespeare in the Parks' but the City of West Hollywood through its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission is open to exploring other “classical” genres that are appropriate for an outdoor setting. Interested organizations can apply for part or all of that maximum total amount. Click here for more info on this program. 

    CLOSED - ONE CITY ONE PRIDE/HOLLYWOOD FRINGE SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES - More info at www.hollywoodfringe.org/weho

    CLOSED (Deadline: April 22, 2016.) LOS ANGELES ART ASSOCIATIONThe Los Angeles Art Association and the City of West Hollywood are proud to announce a national call for artists for Out There, a very special exhibition celebrating the LGBT experience during West Hollywood's Pride Month festivities. Juried by Francisco George and William Escalera. In its 9th year, Out There is an opportunity to exhibit work during Pride weekend, an annual event that attracts nearly half a million visitors to West Hollywood.

    CLOSED (Deadline: July 14, 2016 at noon) - CITY POET PROGRAMThe 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. The next City Poet application will open in early 2018. Click here for more info on this program.

    CLOSED (Deadline: April 14, 2016, 5:00 pm.) ARTS & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INTERNSHIP

    This internship is sponsored by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.  132 undergraduate interns will participate in the program this year at more than 100 performing, presenting, and literary nonprofit arts organizations and municipal arts agencies throughout LA County.  In addition to their full-time 10 week paid internship, interns will participate in educational events as part of the program, which is funded by the Getty Foundation.  The educational events are designed to provide interns with a broader perspective of the vibrant arts and cultural landscape of the County.  For additional information on the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Arts Internship Program, and for a complete list of all the internships offered this summer, visit the Arts Commission website at www.lacountyarts.org.

    CLOSED (Deadline: September 22nd, 2016 at noon) - 2017 SUMMER SOUNDS AND 2017-2018 WINTER SOUNDS CONCERT APPLICATION- The City of West Hollywood each year presents two free series of concerts for the public. Summer Sounds are 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 August each year. Winter Sounds have traditionally been an indoor concert series held in the City Council Chambers at the West Hollywood Library, however we are considering having some outdoor lunchtime winter holiday concerts on the City Hall Community Plaza from 12 pm to 1 pm, with a winter or non-denominational/multi-denominational theme. Please complete this application to be considered for these concert series. For more information on West Hollywood 's Summer or Winter Sounds Concert Series please visit www.weho.org/arts or www.facebook.com/WeHoArts. To be notified when the application opens, we recommend you either sign up for our Arts Briefs Newsletter which has lots of great info on events as well. Or you can add your name to this interest list and we’ll send an email when its open: http://bit.ly/WinterSummerSoundsList

    • The next Summer and Winter Sounds Application for the 2018-19 year will open in Summer 2017.

    Click here for Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Arts Grants: Frequently Asked Questions [PDF]

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