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Grants to Madison, Wisconsin Artists and Non-Profits
for Extra-Curricular Arts Education Programs

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Madison Arts Commission

Deadline Date:

03/15/15 12:00 PM


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Grants of up to $3,000 to Madison, Wisconsin artists and non-profits to support partnerships for after-school arts based activities. The programs should take place regularly, serve a diverse, underserved student population composed of elementary and middle-school aged children, and should occur during non-school hours.

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GrantWatch ID#: 140167

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $3,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must take place between June 1 and May 31.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Madison residents (as individuals or non-profit organizations) may apply.

While MAC has a strong interest in collaborating with other City agencies on arts and cultural programs, it does not make direct grants to those agencies.

MAC does not make grants directly to public or private elementary or secondary schools, but does make grants to individual artists or nonprofit groups working with schools. Post-secondary schools will be given consideration only for proposed projects whose main audience extends beyond enrolled students.

Grants MAY be used for artists’ fees, legally required royalties, production expenses, space rental, marketing costs, purchase of expendable materials, required insurance, etc. MAC Grants CANNOT be used to fund prizes or awards, grantee’s tuition, purposes other than outlined in the grant, permanent equipment, travel outside the City of Madison, refreshments or debts incurred for past activities.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Madison Arts Commission Grant Writing Workshops (Free Registration)

Thinking of applying? The Madison Arts Commission invites you to attend a MAC Grant Writing Workshop led by Commissioner Leslee Nelson and Program Administrator Karin Wolf. There is no cost for this one-hour workshop intended to give you a brief introduction to MAC’s grants process, review our updated guidelines, answer your grant related questions, and describe the panel review of your application (workshop does not cover the BLINK program).

Workshop Dates:
- Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 7:00 PM
- Friday, February 13, 2015 at Noon

Location: Room 260 of the Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

All are invited, but new applicants are especially encouraged to attend.

Arts Grants Workshop Space is limited, email Karin Wolf, Arts Program Administrator to register ( To register include your name or name of your organization, title, email address and phone number.


MAC will also offer one-on-one assistance with the new digital application system at free clinics held at the Madison Central Library. This year the Madison Arts Commission made significant changes to its grant submission process, including an online filing process. Drop in to ask questions about MAC Grants and receive assistance uploading grant application documents through Dropbox.


Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 5:00 - 8:00PM
Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 5:00 - 8:00PM
Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 5:00 - 8:00PM
Friday, March 13, 2015 from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Location: All Grant Clinics will be held in the first floor conference room of the Madison Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin.

Pre-Application Information:

To apply, download the attached guidelines and application forms. Submit your application materials by uploading files to a folder in Dropbox and then sharing that folder with the Madison Arts Commission. All applicants MUST contact the Arts Program Administrator prior to submittal to discuss their application.

Grant applications are due at noon on March 15. Since March 15 falls on a weekend, your application is due in Dropbox by noon on the following Monday.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Karin Wolf, Arts Program Administrator

Madison Arts Commission
City of Madison Department of Planning and Community and Economic Development Planning Division
215 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Suite LL-100
P.O. Box 2985
Madison, WI 53701-2985

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