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TourWest Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and Tribal
Governments in Multiple States to Host Touring Artists

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Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF)

Deadline Date:

04/01/21 11:59 PM Mountain Time


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Grants of up to $2,500 to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, IHEs, and tribal governments in multiple states to present touring literary and performing artists. Projects must include one public performance and one educational outreach activity. Eligible states include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai’i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

TourWest is a competitive grant program funded by the National Endowment for the Arts (the Arts Endowment). The program provides subsidies to presenters for the presentation of touring performing and literary artists. Applicants are eligible to apply for the presentation of in-state touring artists traveling at least 50 miles to your venue. 

Performances and educational outreach activities can take place in person if COVID-19 state restrictions are lifted to permit social gatherings. TourWest values the safety of its presenters and performers and encourages all applicants to review their state guidelines before applying and keep informed if awarded a TourWest grant. Out-of-state artistic performances and educational outreach activities are also eligible to take place in a virtual setting.   

Preferential consideration will be given to applications that most effectively address the following criteria:

  • Artistic and cultural merit
  • Presentation of programs to underserved and/or culturally diverse audiences
  • Quality outreach activities
  • Engagement and collaboration (including block booking)
  • Thoroughness of the project's planning

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168463

Estimated Size of Grant:

TourWest standard performance grants are available in amounts of up to $2,500 or 50% of the artistic fees, whichever is less.

Term of Contract:

For the 2021-2022 cycle, projects must take place between September 1, 2021 and August 31, 2022 and must have one public performance and one educational outreach activity. A one-time exception will be available for the 2021-2022 cycle to applicants experiencing difficulties booking out-of-state artists due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applying organizations must:
- Have one of the following designations: a) a tax exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; b) a unit of state or local government; c) a nonprofit institution of higher education; or d) a federally recognized Indian tribal government.
- The organization must have and provide a valid EIN
- Be incorporated in and currently conducting business in one or more of the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai’i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming.
- Have successfully presented one performance by a paid professional performing artist or company within the last three years.
- Be in good standing with WESTAF, with no overdue or delinquent reports and/or documentation.
- Have a DUNS Number. This number is a unique nine-digit identification number of the entity applying for funds. DUNS numbers are available free of charge for all businesses required to register with the U.S. federal government for grants.

The following projects are not eligible for TourWest funding:
- Performances that receive federal funding such as funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (The Arts Endowment) or National Endowment for the Arts funds that flow through programs such as Southern Exposure Roster Artists and NEFA-supported projects in dance and theater.
- Traditional, seasonal performances such as The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol
- University conferences
- Magic, stand-up/improv comedy, and acrobatic performances
- Guest artist performances such as a guest conductor for a local symphony performance or a guest choreographer who sets a piece on local dancers
- Performances, including children's theater, in which local children or community members are the primary performers
- Salaries or contracts for general fundraising activities or events, including those for donors or those that benefit the organization as a whole, are unallowable. Costs associated with fundraising activities such as galas, parties, or other events where alcohol is available are not allowed.

Artists located closer than 50 miles to your venue will not be considered touring artists and therefore will not be eligible for this grant.

Information about how to acquire a DUNS number can be obtained online at

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time.

TourWest funds are federal funds and requires a one-to-one cash match. As the grant award will support a portion of the artistic fees, the remaining artistic fee amount is to be paid by the grantee and is considered the cash match for the grant.

TourWest staff is available to review applications, answer questions, and provide feedback to applicants.

Applicants may submit up to two TourWest applications for up to two distinct projects featuring two different artists.

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USA: Alaska;   Arizona;   California;   Colorado;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Montana;   Nevada;   New Mexico;   Oregon;   Utah;   Washington;   Wyoming

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