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The City of West Hollywood is pleased to offer annual grants to eligible artists and nonprofit arts organizations for the production, performance or presentation of art projects that take place in the City of West Hollywood and that serve the West Hollywood community. We are now accepting applications for grant programs listed below.

Scroll for open opportunities, listed below. A hyper-link to the general eligibility requirements and grant application for each grant opportunity is provided.

Please note: Artist and arts organizations can only apply under one grant program.

Information for Current Arts Grantees 

(for those who have received grants)

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Arts Grants

If you are an artist or arts organization applying for a grant, please visit our WeHo Artists Resources web page for helpful information that will guide you through the grant application process.  

 


WEHO ARTS CURRENT GRANTEES

Arts Project:

 

Benita Bike's DanceArt, Inc.

California LGBT Arts Alliance

Dance Studio Showtime-Katusha

Dirty Looks, Inc.

Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles

Greenway Arts Alliance

LAXART

MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House

Rogue Artists Ensemble

Women In Film

Los Angeles Art Association

Heidi Duckler Dance

The Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival

MashUp Contemporary Dance Company

Lambda Literary

VOX Femina Los Angeles

South East European Film Festival

Metropolitan Master Chorale

 

Organizational Development:

 

Global Musical Bridges

International Eye, Los Angeles

Kontrapunktus

Celebration Production Corporation

Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival

Macha Theatre Co.

 

Transgender Artists Initiative:

 

Artists Corner Gallery

National Organization of Women Hollywood Chapter

Nahshon Dion Anderson

Rocco Kayiatos

Invertigo Dance Theatre

Yozmit

 

One City One Pride:

 

L.A. A Queer History, LLC

Good Trouble Makers

ONE Archives Foundation

Influx Collectiv Queer Poetry Series

Steven Reigns

Rachel Mason, FutureClown Productions

Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights (ALAP)

Pride Poets - A Project of Rent Poet / Brian Sonia-Wallace

June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives

Oasis Theater Company

 

WeHo Artist:

 

Don Tinling

Carolyn Campbell

Carolina Hoyos

Ryan McCann

Felice Picano

Fletcher Crossman

 


WEHO ARTS GRANTS



WEHO ARTS COMMUNITY GRANT – 2019-2020

Rolling Deadline

This grant supports:

  • 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 older adults, children or special needs groups;
  • Small arts projects developed by educational, social service, or community-based organizations in which art is not the primary mission of the organization;
  • Productions or presentations of art projects developed by small non-profit arts organizations; 

The grant is:

  • Designed to enhance free public events with an arts component;
  • Intended to provide payment or honorariums to performers, singers, musicians, poets, or other artists;
  • 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 purposes, in support of the organization’s mission.

Grant Eligibility Requirements

WeHo Arts Community Grant Application [Online Application] 


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.


WEHO ARTS PROJECT GRANT - 2020-2021

Closed - Application Deadline: Thursday, September 12, 2019

The purpose of this grant program is to engage residents with the arts; to bring cultural tourists to the City; to recognize and champion local cultural resources; to provide arts programming that is financially and geographically accessible for the residents of West Hollywood; to encourage organizations to do innovative programming that enhances the reputation of West Hollywood as an “Arts City.” In addition, the Maximum award any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization may receive under this grant is $9,000 (annually). This grant has a 2-year grant cycle (organizations apply with a single grant application and are approved for two years of funding, pending successful completion of each annual project).

Grant Eligibility Requirements

WeHo Arts Project Grant Application [Online Application] 


WEHO ARTS ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANT
 – 2020-2022

Closed - Application Deadline: Thursday, September 12, 2019

The purpose of this grant is to assist arts organizations with budgets generally under $75,000 and an interest in strengthening their organization’s infrastructure. This 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. In addition, this grant has a 3-year grant cycle (organizations apply with one grant application and are approved for three years of funding, pending successful completion of each annual project). Funding over 3-years is as follows: Year I - $1,500 cash award and $2,500 for technical assistance, Year II - $2,000 cash award and $2,000 for technical assistance. Year III $2,500 cash award and $1,500 for technical assistance.

Grant Eligibility Requirements

WeHo Arts Organizational Development Grant Application [Online Application] 


WEHO ARTIST GRANT – 2020

Closed - Application Deadline: Monday, November 18, 2019

The purpose of this grant program is to nurture and support the long-term development of an artist’s ideas; and, to 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. In this grant category, individual artists will be awarded a $2,000 grant.

Grant Eligibility Requirements

WeHo Artist Grant Application [Online Application] 


TRANSGENDER ARTS INITIATIVE GRANT 2020

Closed - Application Deadline: Thursday, September 12, 2019

The purpose of this grant program is to encourage transgender artists and organizations to create innovative programming and artwork to be presented in the City of West Hollywood or immediately adjacent or within ½ mile of City limits.  The grant also aims to provide tools and resources to assist transgender artists and organizations to develop their capacity to create and present their works.

The funding an artist, artist collective or 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization may receive under this grant is $1,000 - $5,000.

Grant Eligibility Requirements

Transgender Arts Initiative Grant Application [Online Application] 


ONE CITY ONE PRIDE GRANT – 2020

Closed - Application Deadline: Monday, September 30, 2019

The purpose of this grant program is to recognize and champion the history and diversity of the local LGBTQ community; to engage residents and visitors with a deeper understanding of the LGBTQ experience through exhibits, film and theatre; to attract cultural tourists to the City during Pride season; to provide accessible arts programming for residents and visitors to West Hollywood; and to encourage artists and organizations to create innovative programming that enhances the reputation of West Hollywood as an "Arts City."

The One City One Pride theme for 2020 is “For the Record.” Applications will be reviewed with a curatorial eye toward the creative and innovative use of this theme in proposed projects. The maximum award any organization, artist collective and individual artist may receive for the screening of a completed film is $1,500, and the maximum award for the presentation of theatrical works, exhibitions and films in production is $6,000. 

Grant Eligibility Requirements

One City One Pride Grant Application [Online Application]

 


WEHO ARTS NON-GRANT OPPORTUNITIES



OPEN CALL - Free Theatre in the Parks 2020

Application Deadline: Monday, March 2, 2020 at 9:00am

For several years, the City of West Hollywood's Arts Division has presented FREE THEATRE IN THE PARKS. The City is seeking proposals for the 2020 season (typically a run of 8 to 12 performances sometime between June-September). While Shakespearean productions and adaptations have proved very popular with the City’s audiences in the past, the City is also open to exploring other genres that would be appropriate for an outdoor public setting.

2020 Free Theatre in the Parks Application [Online Application] 


OPEN CALL - 
West Hollywood Artist Registry

Rolling Deadline 

The City of West Hollywood's Arts Division invites individuals who live in the City of West Hollywood, identify themselves as an artist, and actively practice their craft, both in and out of the city limits, to submit their information on this form to become part of the City’s West Hollywood Artist Registry. In 2017 the City of West Hollywood's Arts Division initiated this Registry in an effort to connect with the creative people who live within the city limits. The City's Arts Division uses the Registry as a way to better understand its artist population, how to better support artists, and to inform working artists about art opportunities in West Hollywood.

West Hollywood Artist Registry [Online Application]

 

OPEN CALL - Temporary Art Project Proposals

Rolling Application 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, 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. Applications are reviewed bi-annually at the Art on the Outside Subcommittee Meeting in January and July.

Temporary Art Project Proposal Application [Online Application] 

 

OPEN CALL - WEHO Muralist Roster

Rolling Deadlines: February 28 & August 31 

Any business or commercial development interested in placing a mural on a wall, building, construction site or other location in West Hollywood, must use an artist approved by the City of West Hollywood's Arts Commission. Approved artists will be placed on the WEHO Muralist Roster as a resource for anyone seeking an artist for a mural project. In general, applications are reviewed bi-annually at the Art on the Outside Subcommittee Meeting in March and September. Invited Artist Mural Applications for City Property will be reviewed every month. Muralist Roster Applications submitted in tandem with a Commercial Business Mural Application will be reviewed at the same time.

WEHO Muralist Roster Application [Online Application]


OPEN CALL - 
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 a very minimum of 4 months of advance lead time for proposed programs, but typically literary programs are scheduled 4-12 months in advance, and exhibitions 1-2 years in advance.

West Hollywood Library Cultural Program Application [Online Application]


OPEN CALL
One City One Pride LGBTQ+ Arts Festival Design Competition

Closed - Application Deadline: Thursday, October 24, 2019

We are seeking design proposals for the 2020 One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival poster. Deadline October 24, 2019. Full details and application: www.bit.ly/ocopdesign


OPEN CALL - 2019-2020 Summer and Winter Sounds Concert Series

Closed - Application Deadline: Monday, November 18, 2019

The City of West Hollywood's Arts Division presents free indoor and outdoor concerts for the public each Summer and Winter. There will be four Summer concerts and three Winter concerts for a total of seven concerts during the year. Summer Sounds: Summer @ Plummer In the early Summer of 2019, the City presents two concerts featuring World Music (Klezmer, Mariachi, Latin, etc.) outdoors in Plummer Park. Jazz @ Kings Road Park In the late Summer of 2019, the City presents two concerts featuring Jazz Music of all styles outdoors in the intimate, shaded, Kings Road Park. Winter Sounds: Library Concerts In the Winter of 2019-20, the City presents three concerts featuring of various styles of music (Classical, Folk, Singer/Songwriter, etc.) indoors at the library, with a special Holiday concert in December 2019.

2020-21 Summer Sounds and Winter Sounds Application

 


OPEN CALL 
- Artist Bootcamp 2020

Application Deadline: Thursday, January 16, 2020

The City of West Hollywood proudly presents Artist Bootcamp 2020. The Artist Bootcamp is 6 (six) interactive workshops for emerging and mid-career artists. Designed with WeHo Artists in mind, the workshops include topics such as "Presenting Yourself as an Artist & Setting Goals," "Promoting Yourself & Your Work," "Financial Literacy and Money Consciousness," "Funding Your Art Project or Business," "Planning, Plain and Simple," as well as one-on-one consulting with professionals in the various facets of the business of art. Through the course of this bootcamp, participants will learn from experts, engage in artist-to-artist discussions, and develop individualized plans for success.

The City of West Hollywood will partner with the Center for Cultural Innovation, a leader in the field of business development for creative individuals, to present these workshops from February to June 2020. If selected, you must commit to all scheduled workshops which generally meet the second Wednesday of every month beginning February 12, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at the West Hollywood Library Community Conference Room. The program will be free to those participants selected.

Artist Bootcamp 2020 [Online Application]

For more information, please contact Eva Angeloff, the City of West Hollywood's Grants Coordinator, at (323) 848-6354 or at eangeloff@weho.org.

 


RFQ's and RFP's 



REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS
- Arts Consulting Services (as needed) 

Rolling Deadline

From time to time, the City of West Hollywood requires experienced professional consulting support for its active arts and culture program. The City is currently gathering qualifications from interested arts consultants to establish a pool of individuals who could provide such services to the City on an as-needed basis. Examples of consulting services include: Event/Production coordination, Organizational development and/or Technical assistance for organizations and/or artists, Public Art Coordination, Public Relations, Researcher. City staff will convene at a minimum of two times a year to review applications.

Arts Consulting Services (as needed) [Online Application]
Arts Consulting Services (as needed) RFQ [Download RFQ, Applications must be submitted through the Online Application]

 


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CALL FOR PEER REVIEW PANELISTS - WEST HOLLYWOOD ARTS GRANT PROGRAM

The Application Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday, September 5, 2019

The City of West Hollywood Arts Division seeks qualified arts professionals and individuals who are experienced in disciplines of the arts or have a record of arts activities, experience, and knowledge to review and score grant applications based on approved criteria.  Applicants must:

  • Have experience in at least one of the following arts disciplines that the City of West Hollywood funds through its grant program:  Arts Education, Dance, Literary Arts, Multi-Disciplinary, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts and Film/Multi-media.

  • Complete the online Arts Grant Peer Review Panel application

Review of grant applications may include one or more of the following according to your preference: One City One Pride, Transgender Arts Initiative Grant, WeHo Arts Organizational Development Grant or WeHo Arts Project Grant.  To learn more about the City of  West Hollywood Arts Grant program, click on the following link: https://www.weho.org/community/arts-and-culture/grants-and-opportunities

Should you have any questions, please contact Prentis Bonds at pbonds@weho.org or at (323) 848-6354.

Additional Information on the Peer Review Panelist Role

WeHo Arts Grants Program - Peer Review Panelists Application

 

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS - ARTIST ROUNDTABLE CONSULTANT

The Application Deadline is 3 p.m. Thursday, September 26, 2019

The City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division is seeking proposals from qualified individuals or firms to support the design, development, and management of the West Hollywood Artists Roundtable. The proposed program will be a series of six facilitated professional development workshops and learning opportunities for emerging  and mid-career  artists. The workshops will be monthly, over a period of six consecutive months beginning January 2020.  It is anticipated that each workshop will take place in the evening for approximately 90 minutes to 2 hours. The individual or firm selected will work with Arts Division staff and the Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission to implement and manage the six-workshop series. 

Proposal Request and Submission Requirements

 

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