With support from the National Endowment for the Arts (Arts Endowment), the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) will manage the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Fund for Organizations. WESTAF ARP is a competitive grant program that provides general operating support to arts and cultural organizations in the West that are most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In alignment with Arts Endowment priorities, WESTAF ARP will focus on funding to organizations that serve and/or are led by Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) and organizations that support the independence and lifelong inclusion of people with disabilities, among others.
Awards will be made to organizations across the 13-state WESTAF region, with at least one grant awarded per state. This program will disburse grants at an average level of $50,000 each.
WESTAF is now accepting an Intent to Apply from each organization that is interested in this program. WESTAF strongly encourages potential applicants to notify us of their intent to submit an application. Applicants that do not submit a notice of intent to apply may still apply for funding; applicants that do submit a notice of intent to apply are not bound to apply or bound by the information provided.
Intents to Apply must be submitted by June 28, 2021. The full application process is tentatively scheduled to launch in July 2021.
This grant is separate from the SFCA ARP grant for Hawaiʻi arts and culture nonprofit organizations.