Creation and Presentation Program

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​​​​​​Creation and Presentation Program (CPP) grants provide artistic program and operational support to established nonprofit arts organizations whose primary mission is to create or present ongoing art​s​ programming that makes a significant local, regional, or statewide impact on the cultural life of Wisconsin, and that furthers the Arts Board’s community development and arts education goals (see the Arts Board’s strategic plan).

The program supports 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organizations with strong operations - including stable management, ongoing assessment and evaluation, high artistic quality, and programming appropriate to the communities they serve. These grants also fund overall operating support for eligible arts programs of tribal governments and universities. In these cases, the organizations will use either government or university nonprofit status.​

Note to FY23 Grant Recipients: If you applied for and received a FY23 grant last October, please note that  when the award check comes, it will come with an automatic extension through September 15, 2023. Please spend your grant award by this date. Final reports will still be due by October 12, 2023.

How to Apply

Requests for grants must be submitted through the Wisconsin Arts Board online application system​.

All applicants are now required to have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) from This is a requirement from the National Endowment for the Arts, which provides 50% of the Arts Board's funding. For information on how to obtain your UEI, please refer to the UEI document in the Resources for Applicants section below.​

For those applicants who don’t have the technology or don’t have access to the technology to complete the application online, you must contact the Wisconsin Arts Board at 608-266-0190 or via E-mail​.​

Resources for Applicants UEI Registration Instructions
SmartSimple Demos:
Applicants Submitting Full Year Applications
Model Interim Year Application Narrative
Sample In-Kind Contribution Report
​Sample Evaluation Tools

Past Panel Review Files: 

Resources for Grant Recipients: What Comes Next?​