Grant Program Descriptions

Grant Program Descriptions for Organizations

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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 10, 2019


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: January 23, 2020

Next Deadline for Phase 2 Applications: March 5, 2020​

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 31, 2019​

Woodland Indian Arts Individual Artist Award

The Woodland Indian Arts Individual Artist Award recognizes Wisconsin Native American artists of exceptional talent and is designed to address the professional development needs of individual Native American artists. In FY19, the Wisconsin Arts Board will award one Individual Artist Award to a professional visual artist.

The Individual Artist Award is a component of the Arts Board’s Woodland Indian Arts Initiative, designed to promote and develop a foundation of cultural and economic support for traditional and contemporary Native American artists in Wisconsin. Its goal is to strengthen Native American arts in Wisconsin for the long term. As part of this work, the Wisconsin Arts Board annually distributes funds from Gaming Compact monies to support artistic activities among Wisconsin’s tribes, bands and urban Indian communities.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: January 30, 2020

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. ACI contract download.

Next Deadline: November 26, 2019

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. View 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 12, 2020

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