Grant Program Descriptions

Grant Program Descriptions for Organizations

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Primordial Soupie Gang

Creation and Presentation Grants

Creation and Presentation Program 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 14​, 2021


Creative Communities Grants

The Creative Communities 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 24, 2022

Next Deadline for Phase 2 Applications: March 31, 2022

Woodland Indian Arts Initiative

The Woodland Indian Arts Initiative 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, 2021

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. Only eligible nonprofit organizations with substantial policy, management and artistic control by members of the African-American, Hispanic-American, Native American, or Asian-American communities can apply to this program. This means that the majority of the artists, board, and administrative staff of the applicant are of the community of color on which the organization focuses its primary mission/service. Contact WAB staff for more information.

Next Deadline: March 2022

Wisconsin Regranting Program

The Wisconsin Arts Board's Regranting Program provides funds to participating 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.  The Program is closed to new applicants at this time. View a list of the Arts Board's current Regranting Program partner organizations.​

Grant Program Descriptions for Individuals

Woodland Indian Arts Emergency Relief Fund

The Woodland Indian Arts Emergency Relief Fund supports individual Native American artists​ experiencing economic distress as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Wisconsin Arts Board, with funding through the State of Wisconsin from Wisconsin Tribal Gaming Compact monies, will distribute grants of $250 to $500, based on the number of successful applicants.​

Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program

Sidonka Wadina, National Heritage Award RecepientFolk 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 2022


Sidonka Wadina, straw plaiter from Lyons (and 2015 National Heritage Fellow)

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