Basic Eligibility Requirements

​​​The following conditions must apply for an application to be eligible for funding through the Creative Communities grants program:

  • ​the applicant is the most appropriate sponsor for the proposed activities;
  • the applicant (or its fiscal receiver) must be incorporated in and conduct business in Wisconsin in order to apply for support;
  • the applicant must have been doing mission-related work for three years prior to application;
  • the applicant must match each dollar of Arts Board support;
  • the project or activities must benefit the general interested public and demonstrate community participation in the program planning; and
  • the project must be either less than three years old (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 be a new, expanded activity that is distinct from regular, ongoing services.

Note: Applicants may apply to only one component within Creative Communities per year.  Applicants may apply to either the Creative Communities program or the Creation and Presentation program per year.

In addition to the above, organizations must meet one of the following conditions to be eligible for this program:

  1. ​The applicant must hold tax-exempt status from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  2. ​The applicant must be part of a larger nonprofit institution, or a unit of state or local government including public K-12 schools; or
  3. If none of the above are applicable, applicants may apply using a separate nonprofit organization as a fiscal receiver. Refer to the Fiscal Receiver definition in theGlossary of Terms at the end of these guidelines.

For Colleges, Universities, and Units of Tribal or Local Government including Public Schools: The Arts Board does support projects that fall under the auspices of these organizations, provided those projects involve the local community in planning, execution, and participation. These applicants must demonstrate that the project 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/participant evaluation statistics; through board, advisory or steering committee composition that includes community members; etc. No administrative fee for this grant may be charged to the grant or to the program’s budget by the university/college/school.

For Arts Organizations: A Federal Identification Number, assigned by the Internal Revenue Service, and a DUNS number are required before a grant can be made. DUNS stands for “data universal numbering system,” a coding method developed by Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) to track businesses in their database. Many state and national arts groups, including the Wisconsin Arts Board, use a powerful advocacy tool (the Creative Industries project) that in turn uses DUNS numbers to identify each for-profit and nonprofit arts-related business in the country. The more accurate the information is, the more successful our combined efforts to increase awareness of the national scope and importance of the arts industry will be.

For more information regarding this financial history DUNS number, please visit the Americans for the Arts web site.​​

This website has instructions to apply for a DUNS number via the internet. Please allow 6 weeks (30 business days) for a number to be assigned via the internet at no cost.

If an applicant can show it has applied for, but not yet received a DUNS number prior to the Arts Board’s application deadline, the Arts Board will accept its grant application for review pending receipt of that number. Please note: Dun and Bradstreet sales people may follow up and seek to sell their products and services to your organization. Applicants are under no obligation to purchase anything; this is simply standard procedure on their part.​