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Arts, Humanities and Historic Preservation (AHHP) Grant

Grants to Wisconsin Nonprofits, Agencies, and School
Districts for Historic Preservation, Humanities, and Arts Projects

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Sauk County UW-Extension, Arts and Culture Committee

Deadline Date:

01/22/21 4:30 PM - Receipt or Postmarked


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Wisconsin nonprofit organizations, school districts, municipalities, and government agencies in eligible locations for projects in the areas of arts and culture, preservation, and humanities. Funding intended to support activities that result in tangible services benefitting the residents of Sauk County.

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: Humanities and historic preservation projects involve branches of learning that deal with human thought and culture, excluding the sciences. They include but are not limited to 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.

Public access to the project, program, or service is a requirement of the grant. 

Grants may be used for the following item related specifically to the event:

  • External personnel costs (honoraria, stipends, and fees)
  • Space rental
  • Insurance
  • Marketing
  • 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:

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 a 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 the 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
- Endowments
- Newsletters
- General website development and maintenance
- Prizes
- Tuition
- Scholarships
- Food or refreshments
- Deficits incurred from prior activities
- Events that are intended primarily for fundraising
- Profit-making activities
- Commercial or private ventures
- "Brick & mortar" projects

Grants may not support administrative, research, surveys, or planning projects. Eligible projects may include such activities as part of a larger enterprise that culminates in the public presentation of a project.

Applications will be excluded from consideration if the agency receives funding in the same fiscal year from any other Sauk County grants or Outside Agency funding source.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are available December 1, 2020 and due January 22, 2021, by 4:30 pm.

The value of the grant awarded must be matched dollar for dollar by the applicant. 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 earned income or cash income.

Organizations are only eligible for one Arts, Humanities, or Historic Preservation grant each year. Projects are ineligible after three years of consecutive funding. This limit is project-based, not organization based.

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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.

Mail applications to:
Extension Sauk County
West Square Building
Attn: Grants Program
505 Broadway
Baraboo, Wisconsin, 53913

Haley Weisert

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