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Arts, Humanities and Historic Preservation (AHHP) Grants

Grants to Sauk County, Wisconsin Nonprofits and
Agencies for Arts and Humanities Projects

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Sauk County UW-Extension, Arts and Culture Committee

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02/01/18 4:30 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Sauk County, Wisconsin nonprofit organizations and government agencies to support projects involving arts, the humanities, and historical resources. All projects, services, and programs require a public access component. Funding is available under the following two categories:

Arts Grants: Eligible projects in the arts include public exhibitions, performances, publications, lectures, and video, film or slide documentaries. These activities may encompass dance, theater, music, architecture, folk arts, literary arts and visual arts.

Humanities and Historic Preservation Grants: Eligible projects involve branches of learning that deal with human thought and culture. They include history, languages, literature, poetry, and philosophy. History projects are similar in scope with specific activities directed at research, documentation, and preservation of the unique cultural history of Sauk County.

The following criteria will be applied by the committee and panels in the review of all grant applications:

-Quality of the proposed projects: Creativity, innovation, collaboration, implementation, and educational outreach components, which benefit the public, should be specifically described and will receive priority consideration for a grant award. Humanities and historical preservation applications should also include the historical significance of the project.

-Evidence of careful financial planning and fiscal accountability: Applicant must demonstrate ability to successfully complete the project. It is strongly recommended that applicants include a detailed project timeline.

-County-wide impact: The Committee will give special consideration to proposals that have a wide impact or reach rural areas and outlying communities in Sauk County.

Application Guidelines
-Projects funded by Sauk County Arts, Humanities, and Historic Preservation Grants must take place within the Sauk County.
-Grants are awarded not only to expand public exposure to the county’s cultural resources, but also to encourage community-wide support for them.
-Professional services should be calculated on reasonable rates customary in the area, and will be carefully reviewed by the committee.

Grants may be used for the following item related specifically to the event:
-External personnel costs (honoraria, stipends, and fees). You must complete the personnel form and develop a personnel cost itemization (if applicable) for all key personnel involved in project.
-Space rental
-Travel within the county
-Supplies and materials

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143971

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards may not exceed $5,000.

Term of Contract:

AHHP grant supported activities must culminate in tangible services presented to the community within 12 months of when the grant was awarded.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant organizations must hold federal tax-exempt status. This includes organizations exempted under Section 501(c) 3 of the internal revenue code, but other tax-exempt classifications may also apply.

These include:
-Nonprofit organizations, school districts, municipalities or local government agencies located in Sauk County
-Nonprofit organizations that plan to host their grant-funded event in Sauk County are eligible to apply for funds.
-Individuals or groups of individuals seeking to apply are encouraged to work with an existing nonprofit organization or local unit of government to develop their proposals.

Grants may NOT be used for:
-Operating expenses
-Building supplies, construction costs, on-going maintenance
-Capital equipment
-Hired employees
-Development of school curriculum or teacher training
-General website development and maintenance
-Food or refreshments
-Deficits incurred from prior activities
-Events that are intended primarily for fundraising
-Profit-making activities
-Commercial or private ventures

Grants may NOT support administrative, research, surveys, or planning projects. Eligible projects may include these activities if they are part of a larger enterprise that culminates in the public presentation of a project.
A grant awarded under this program carries no commitment for future support, and the Committee may, at its sole discretion, award amounts less than those requested by applicant.

Pre-Application Information:

The committee will fund up to fifty percent (50%) of the total projected income. Awards will not exceed $5,000. The value of the grant awarded must be matched dollar for dollar. Matching funds may include project revenue, cash contributions, in-kind contributions, or a combination of the three. In-kind services must come from an external source outside the applicant’s resources and may include contributions of space, materials, loaned equipment, and donated professional services. If grants are applied for in succeeding years for the same project at least 25% of the matching funds must be project income or cash income.

Arts, Humanities, and Historic Preservation grants cannot be matched with other Sauk County tax dollars or Wisconsin Arts Board grant funds.

Applications should be submitted no later than 4:30 PM on February 1, 2018 to the Sauk County UW-Extension office. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure the applications arrive by the deadline This does not mean postmarked but delivered if you are mailing in the application.

The tentative date for the panels to convene to make recommendations on the grant application submissions is March 1. After the panels make their recommendations, the applications move on to the Sauk County UW-Extension Arts & Culture Committee for final approval. Notifications will be sent to all applicants on the status of their submission.

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Contact Information:

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

Haley Weiser

UW Extension, Arts, & Culture Committee
West Square Building
505 Broadway
Baraboo, WI 53913

P: (608) 355-3250
F: (608) 355-3550

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