Mentoring Project Grant (FY18)
Everyone practices folk and traditional skills that are passed from one person to another and are shaped out of common experiences. We sing hymns at church, cook a special meal for a birthday, give a bride something blue, carve a pumpkin at Halloween, fiddle a waltz at a dance, recite a poem at the grange hall, or tell a joke at a local cafe. No matter where we are, if we look closely, we find folk arts happening.

Mentoring Project Grants are designed to support the transmission of Wyoming’s finest traditional and folk artistic skills through the natural process of in-person, hands-on instruction. A master artist selects a worthy apprentice to mentor over time in order to advance the skills of the student from proficient to excellent. All art forms (music, dance, craft, etc.) are encouraged. Special consideration may be given to first time applicants, endangered art forms, geographic location or artistic discipline.

Master and Apprentice apply together and include information about the art form, their skill level, a project outline and work samples.

Projects may begin January 2018 and run through October 2018, and must not be shorter than six months.

Up to four projects will be selected for funding at $3,000 each ($2,300 for the master artist’s honorarium and $700 for supplies and travel). All project costs over $3,000 must be paid by the award recipients.

Deadline: Sept 1 (support material due Sept. 10)


Applicants must share a common cultural group and the art form must reflect the aesthetics of the shared group.
In-family mentorships are allowed.
Master and apprentice must apply together.
Artists may participate in only one Mentoring Project each year.
Apprentices must be Wyoming residents for at least two years prior to application.
Apprentices should not be younger than 18 years of age.
Apprentices must be at a proficient level of skill at the time of the application.
Apprentices must demonstrate a serious long-term commitment to continuing the art form.

Not eligible

Master artists who received a grant last year.
The work of contemporary studio artists or re-creations of historic repertoires or antiques.
Academic research or formal study toward an academic or professional degree.
Projects less than six months.
Workshops or conferences.

You can submit your application form at anytime and return to work on it until 5 pm September 1. To submit, all required fields must have content. A single letter/symbol will fulfill that requirement. Once submitted, you can return to and share the URL with your partner.

To prepare for the questions, see the printable version found online:

Contact Annie Hatch at or 307-777-7721 with any questions.

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