Creative Communities Program


The Creative Communities grants program (CCP) encourages arts education and community arts development in Wisconsin. It provides support for projects that further the Arts Board’s goals in the following three areas: Arts Education, Folk and Traditional Arts, and Local Arts. Through direct financial support of specific art​s projects, the Arts Board sustains the vitality of Wisconsin culturally, educationally and economically.

How to Apply

Have a project

Be eligible to apply in

Complete a simple Phase 1 application (no account needed) after reading the FY19 Phase 1 guidelines.

Be invited to submit a Phase 2 application

Why use a two-phase application process?

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Application calendar for FY20:

  • January 15, 2019: Phone-in Q&A for Phase 1, 12:30 pm (not required)* Applicants that have not previously applied to WAB’s Creative Communities program must notify the Arts Board of their intent to apply by this date.
  • January 17, 2019:  DEADLINE - Creative Communities Phase 1 application deadline, 3 pm
  • February 1, 2019: Eligible applicants receive invitation to continue into Phase 2
  • February 21, 2019: phone-in Q&A for Phase 2, 12:30 pm (Phase 2 eligible groups only)*
  • February 28, 2019: DEADLINE - Only applicants that received the panel's invitation to apply to Phase 2, submit eGrant application and Dropbox materials, 3 pm. This is also the postmark deadline for hard copy. 
  • April 2019: Separate panels meet in Madison to review applications to the Arts Education, Folk Arts and Local Arts components.
  • May 3, 2019: Wisconsin Arts Board meets to consider recommendations from panels
  • July 1, 2019: Awarded projects may begin

*Phone-in Q&A - Use this time to ask questions of WAB staff and hear other applicants' questions. To call in, dial toll-free 1(888) 291-0312 and enter Access Code: 8928952# when prompted.  While this is not required, it is encouraged.

Resources for Grant Applicants

Resources for Grant Recipients

* Deadlines falling on a weekend or holiday are moved to the next business day. 

Questions?  Contact Arts Board staff via E-mail​​ or phone 608-267-2026 (Karen Goeschko) or 608-264-8191 (Dale Johnson​).