Creative Communities Program

Application Calendar

​Phase 1 Application Deadline


Announcement of Phase 2 Invitation or Rejection
​Phase 2 Application Deadline
​Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection
​Earliest Beginning Date for Grant-Related Activities*
​January 17, 2019
​February 1, 2019
​March 1, 2019
​May 2019
​July 1, 2019
* Please note that grant award checks may not arrive until well after your project begins, depending on when the Legislature passes the state budget.


The Creative Communities (CC) grants program 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.

An eligible Creative Communities project is a collaborative endeavor that is carefully planned and designed to achieve a particular aim within an identified community. It is either:
  • less than three years old at the time of application (this means that the project itself must have been in existence for less than three years, not that the project has received WAB funding for less than three years), or
  • a newly expanded dimension of an existing project (this means that the grant application must request support for costs related only to the new elements).
A project must be distinct from the organization's regular, ongoing programs/services.

Applicant and Project Eligibility Information


Complete a simple Phase 1 application after reading the FY20 Phase 1 guidelines by clicking 'Apply Here' at the top of the righthand column on this webpage.

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. (Notification should be in the form of an email to artsboard@wisconsin.gov)
  • 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)*
  • March 1, 2019: DEADLINE - Only applicants that received the panel's invitation to apply to Phase 2, submit application materials by 3 pm. The postmark deadline for the hard copy is 3/4/19. 
  • 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
What Comes Next?

Photo Release Form - sample


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