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Grants and Opportunities

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In response to coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the City of West Hollywood is taking every precaution to prioritize community health and well-being. Based on public health recommendations to slow the rate of transmission of novel coronavirus, the City of West Hollywood is immediately cancelling all non-essential events including City-sponsored events, City co-sponsored events, and City-funded events -- as well as any events or filming that require a permit -- through June 30, 2020. The City is monitoring local, state, and federal updates and recommendations and will re-evaluate rescheduling events and meetings in the future as the situation evolves.


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)

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.  



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


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


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



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




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] 


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 Little Free Library Application [Online Application]


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

 – 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


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


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


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




West Hollywood City Poet Laureate 2020-2022

Application Deadline: Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The City of West Hollywood's Arts Division is accepting nominations for its City Poet Laureate program. The City Poet Laureate 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. For additional information and to apply, visit



OPEN CALL - Free Theatre in the Parks 2020

CLOSED - Application Deadline: Monday, March 2, 2020

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. 

West Hollywood Artist Registry

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

#ArtfulDistancing is an initiative that will infuse funding to our arts economy through temporary art interventions. Artists are invited to propose non-traditional artwork, experiences, and performances in the City of West Hollywood with the goal of helping neighbors stay connected, help people reconnect, recover and adjust to new social distancing conditions. Proposed artworks may be visual, musical, performance-based, or streetscape/mural art. Proposals should be low impact and able to be installed/performed by the applicant without assistance from others while taking into consideration the current health and safety guidelines from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Heath. Deadline June 30, 2020. 

#ArtfulDistancing Temporary Art Project Proposal [Online Application]


OPEN CALL - WEHO Muralist Roster

Rolling Application Deadlines: April 30 & 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]

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]

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:

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.

- Artist Bootcamp 2020

Closed - 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.


OPEN CALLS - One City One Pride

There are occasional open calls for projects that are funded by the City during One City One Pride. These will mostly be open in February-April and will be shared to our One City One Pride Facebook page at 

RFQ's and RFP's 

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS - Arts Consulting Services (as needed) 2020

Open, reviewed at least twice a year

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, Social Media, 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]


REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS - DJ's, Musicians, Performers for WeHo LIVE (as needed) 2020

Application Deadline: June 30, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

The City of West Hollywood is seeking proposals from DJ's, Musicians, and Performers to present a 1-hour music set for WeHo LIVE!.  

The City of West Hollywood has always made programming community events one of its priorities. One of the most difficult aspects of navigating the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency is maintaining the sense of community while continuing to maintain social distancing requirements. As we begin to think about how to reopen our city, it is unclear how quickly we will be able to gather again for in person events. 

WeHo LIVE! is designed to be a way for us to gather (even if apart) and have a shared experience while maintaining distance and keeping everyone safe. The weekly, one-hour, program will be held on Friday evenings and will feature DJ's, musicians and performers. The goal of this program is to bring community members entertainment and a sense of continuity and community in an otherwise extremely isolating time.  

DJ’s, Musicians, and/or Performers will be invited to perform a 1-hour family friendly music set, participate in a sound check with staff prior to the event, use Mixcloud Live online platform to present the performance, and play the agreed upon music genre as presented in the proposal.   

DJ's, Musicians, Performers (as needed) [Online Application]
DJ's, Musicians, Performers (as needed) [Download RFP]



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