Grant Program Descriptions

Grant Program Descriptions for Organizations

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Creation and Presentation Grants

Creation and Presentation 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.

Next Deadline: October 16, 2017

Creative Communities Grants

The Creative Communities 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. The application is in two phases.

Next Deadline for Phase 1 Applications: February 3, 2017

Next Deadline for Phase 2 Applications: March 21, 2017

Woodland Indian Arts Initiative

The Woodland Indian Arts Initiative (WIAI) is designed to promote and develop a foundation of cultural and economic support for traditional and contemporary Native American arts in Wisconsin. As part of this work, the Arts Board annually distributes funds from Gaming Compact monies to support artistic activities among Wisconsin's tribes, bands and urban Indian communities.

Next Deadline: October 28, 2016

Arts Challenge Initiative

The ACI "Capacity Building for Minority Organizations Grant Program works with Wisconsin's racially diverse nonprofit arts organizations to build their organizational capacity and long-term sustainability.  Contact WAB staff for more information.

Next Deadline: February 22, 2017

Wisconsin Regranting Program

The Wisconsin Arts Board's Regranting Program provides funds to local arts agencies and their partner community foundations around the state. These groups then regrant the funds for arts-related projects in their own communities. Click here for a list of the Arts Board's current Regranting Program partner organizations.

Grant Program Descriptions for Individuals

Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program

Folk Arts Apprenticeship awards are a maximum $3,500 that support respected master traditional folk artists in teaching their skills to committed and talented apprentices. If you would like to study with a Wisconsin traditional artisan, musician, singer, dancer or storyteller, or if you are a locally respected traditional or folk artist who would like to teach your knowledge to others, the Wisconsin Arts Board may be able to support this activity.

Next Deadline: March 24, 2017

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