Basic Eligibility Requirements for Applicants to the Creation and Presentation Grant Program

Applicants must fulfill all of the following conditions to be eligible for this program:  

• have a record of consistent artistic activities for at least the three consecutive years prior to application;  

• have as a primary purpose the creation/production or presentation of artistic programming (performances, exhibits, events) that benefits the general interested public;  

• demonstrate community participation in the program planning;  

• match each dollar of Arts Board support with at least one dollar of public (non-state) or private funds;  

• have an average of at least $10,000 in organizational revenue for each of the past three years​ (WAB cannot contribute more than 25% of an organization's overall budget)

• be incorporated in and conduct business in Wisconsin in order to apply for support (Organizations are required to provide proof of incorporation and activity in Wisconsin before applications are reviewed or funds awarded.);    

• hold tax-exempt status from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and must qualify as a charitable organization under Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as amended; have a Federal Identification Number, assigned by the Internal Revenue Service; 

• have a federally required Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) which replaces the previously required DUNS number (to obtain a UEI, follow the instructions at If a Creation and Presentation grant applicant can show that it has applied for a UEI prior to submitting its application—even if that UEI has not yet been received—then the application will be accepted for review.

For Colleges, Universities, and Units of Tribal or Local Government including Public Schools: 

The Arts Board does support programs that fall under the auspices of these  organizations, provided those programs involve the local community in planning,  execution, and participation. These applicants must demonstrate that their  programming reaches the general public in addition to an academic audience. (This  can be shown through financial support from sources beyond the school such as local  corporations, businesses, individuals, and foundations; through its audience and  participant evaluation statistics; and through board, advisory or steering committee  composition that includes community members.)  

Performing Arts Series, Galleries/Museums and Art Film Series that are ongoing and  a part of colleges, universities, or public schools are eligible. Grants are based on the  arts program’s budget, not the overall university/college/school budget. Indirect  costs may be shown as in-kind, but not as part of the cash budget/match. No  administrative fee for this grant may be charged to the grant or to the program’s  budget by the university/college/school.    

For “Presenting Organization” applicants only:  

(Note: A presenting organization is defined as an organization that serves its  community primarily by brokering relationships between touring performing artists  and the presenter’s community. It does so by acting as the catalyst to bring those  artists from outside of the presenter’s community into that community, to perform  in concerts and/or residencies.)  The applicant must present four or more  performances annually by professional touring artists who reside outside of the  presenting organization’s community in a series that is locally planned. ​​