UPDATE: Webinars Available - TourWest 2015 Grant Application Open

UPDATE: Webinars Now Available

The TourWest Application is now in full swing and we are offering webinars to help you and your constituents learn the system and address any guideline questions.  This year's application is again hosted on tourwest.culturegrants.org.  We highly encourage all presenters to attend these webinars to learn more about TourWest and our grant application process

The TourWest Webinars will be offered on the following dates:

Thursday, March 5th at 10:30am (RSVP by 2/23/15)
Thursday, March 12th at 10:30am (RSVP by 3/2/15)
Thursday, March 19th at 10:30am (RSVP by 3/9/15)

Please email andy.thomas@westaf.org, to indicate if you will be attending the webinar and which date you will be attending.  We will need your reply of interest by the RSVP date listed above.  Once we get your RSVP, we will send you a link and number for the Webinar. 

The TourWest 2015-2016 grant program application is now open.

The application deadline is April 1, 2015 at midnight MST. 

TourWest is a competitive grant program that provides subsidies to arts and community organizations for the presentation of out-of-state touring performers and literary artists. Funds are available to organizations that sponsor performances within the 13-state WESTAF region. Projects must take place between September 1, 2015 and August 31, 2016. All projects must have one public performance and one outreach activity. TourWest standard performance grants are available in an amount of up to $2,500 or 50% of the artistic fees, whichever is less. Applicants may apply for up to two standard performance grants. All work samples must be uploaded as a digital file on the TourWest application along with the supplemental materials.  Presenters on a block-booked tour can elect to have a single presenter upload the work sample on behalf of multiple applicants. Be sure to indicate this on the application.

More information regarding the grant guidelines and work sample file requirements can be found at tourwest.culturegrants.org.
All TourWest grants must be matched on a one-to-one basis in cash by the presenting organization. Funds are available to organizations that sponsor performances or literary events within the 13-state WESTAF region. In order to receive funding from this program, applicants should demonstrate their commitment to several key elements: a) high artistic quality; b) collaboration and block booking; c) presentation of programs to underserved and/or culturally diverse audiences; and d) audience development and community participation. TourWest is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The TourWest grant application, which uses a version of WESTAF’s proven GrantsOnline™ (GO™) software, offers grant seekers an efficient and convenient application process. The TourWest program can be accessed by visiting tourwest.culturegrants.org.
New applicants and previous applicants with questions or new approaches to their applications are encouraged to call the WESTAF office at (303) 629-1166 to receive advice and guidance from a TourWest staff person.

A few important things to note:

  • TW2015 cycle will use GO: GrantsOnline™. Please direct your presenters to tourwest.culturegrants.org to access the TW2015 grant application and updated guidelines. Please let them know if they applied last year for TW2014, they can use the same login information for this year.
  • Applicants may apply for up to two (2) grants.
  • WESTAF webinars. WESTAF will be conducting webinars on the TourWest grant cycle and guidelines. We will send out updates soon about when these will take  place.