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 arts 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 FY22 Grant Recipients:

If you applied for and received a FY22 grant last October, please note that  when the award check comes, it will come with an automatic extension to December 31, 2022.  In a normal year, grant awards should be spent by June 30, so this is a 6 month extension.

FY22 Final Reports:  Related to the above, if you have not spent your grant award by the time that you submit your FY23 Creation and Presentation application, please send a message to with "C&P Final Report Extension ​Request" in the subject line.   In the body of the message, provide the date that you expect to spend your grant award and the date that you will submit your final report.  Please note that it must be submitted no later than January 31, 2023, and should be submitted within 30 days of expending the grant funds.

How to Apply

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

As of April, 2022, all applicants are required to have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) from  This is because the WI Arts Board grants are funded in part with federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.  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

Sample Evaluation Tools

Resources for Grant Recipients

  • Sample Letters to Legislator and Governor (.docx) (.rtf)
  • ​Ideas for Acknowledging WAB Support for Grant Recipients