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Creation and Presentation Program (CPP) Grant - Full Year

Grant to Wisconsin Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribal
Governments, Schools, and IHEs to Support Arts Activities

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Wisconsin Arts Board (WAB)

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10/08/20 3:00 PM


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Grants to Wisconsin nonprofit organizations, government entities, tribal governments, public schools, and IHEs to support arts activities. New applicants must contact the funding source prior to submitting a full proposal. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to six weeks to complete. Grant funds may be used to support arts programs as well as general operations. Applications may be submitted in the disciplines of Visual Arts, Multi-Disciplinary Arts, Literary Arts, and Folk Arts.

The Creation and Presentation grant program provides grants to organizations for annual arts programming. Repeated events, such as a yearly multi-day festival, are eligible. Specific activities include: 

  • General operating expenses
  • Artistic and technical/production personnel (staff) expenses
  • Outside (non-staff) artistic fees and services
  • Marketing/promotional expenses
  • Artistic space rental/expenditures
  • Production/exhibition expenses
  • Acquisition of artwork

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147173

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant amount that will be awarded through this program is $2,000.

Term of Contract:

FY21 grants support activities in Fiscal Year 2021 (July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021).

This is a multi-year grant program wherein applicants will submit a Full Year application in their designated year, and submit Interim Year applications in the other three years of the cycle.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The program supports 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organizations with strong operations - including stable management, ongoing assessment and evaluation, high artistic quality, and programming appropriate to the communities they serve. These grants also fund overall operating support for eligible arts programs of tribal governments and universities. In these cases, the organizations will use either government or university nonprofit status.​

Applicants must fulfill all of the following conditions to be eligible for this program:
- Have a record of consistent artistic activities for at least the three consecutive years prior to application;
- Have as a primary purpose the creation/production or presentation of artistic programming (performances, exhibits, events) that benefits the general interested public;
- Demonstrate community participation in the program planning;
- Match each dollar of Arts Board support with at least one dollar of public (non-state) or private funds;
- Be incorporated in and conduct business in Wisconsin in order to apply for support (Organizations are required to provide proof of incorporation and activity in Wisconsin before applications are reviewed or funds awarded.
- Hold tax-exempt status from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and must qualify as a charitable organization under Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as amended

For Colleges, Universities, and Units of Tribal or Local Government including Public Schools:
- The Arts Board does support programs that fall under the auspices of these organizations, provided those programs involve the local community in planning, execution, and participation. These applicants must demonstrate that their programming reaches the general public in addition to an academic audience. (This can be shown through financial support from sources beyond the school such as local corporations, businesses, individuals, and foundations; through its audience and participant evaluation statistics; and through board, advisory or steering committee composition that includes community members.)
- Performing Arts Series, Galleries/Museums and Art Film Series that are ongoing and a part of colleges, universities, or public schools are eligible. Grants are based on the arts program’s budget, not the overall university/college/school budget. Indirect costs may be shown as in-kind, but not as part of the cash budget/match. No administrative fee for this grant may be charged to the grant or to the program’s budget by the university/college/school.

For “Presenting Organization” applicants only: (Note: A presenting organization is defined as an organization that serves its community primarily by brokering relationships between touring performing artists and the presenter’s community. It does so by acting as the catalyst to bring those artists from outside of the presenter’s community into that community, to perform in concerts and/or residencies.) The applicant must present four or more performances annually by professional touring artists who reside outside of the presenting organization’s community in a series that is locally planned.

For a list of Who May Not Apply, and types of activities not funded, see:

Pre-Application Information:

- September 16, 2020 – Intent to Apply deadline for new applicants (required)
- September 23, 2020 - Draft narrative submitted for review (optional)
- September 30, 2020 - Draft application form submitted for review (optional
- October 8, 2020 (3:00 pm) – Online application deadline
- November 2020 - Grant Recommendation Meetings
- December 4, 2020 - Arts Board Grant Determination Meeting
- December 11, 2020 (approximate) - Grant award announcement (via email)
- January 11, 2021 (approximate) - Check mailed

For arts organizations, a Federal Identification Number, assigned by the Internal Revenue Service, and a DUNS number are required before a grant can be made. For instructions on how to apply for a number via the internet, see Please allow six weeks (thirty business days) for a number to be assigned via the internet. For more information on a DUNS number, see

New applicants to the program – those that did not receive a FY20 Creation and Presentation grant award in the last fiscal year – must submit a Full Year application this year, regardless of their discipline. Please contact Arts Board staff prior to beginning a Full Year application. Continuing applicants in all other disciplines will submit Interim Year applications this year.

All Creation and Presentation grants require at least a 1:1 cash match. In-kind goods and services may not be used to match Arts Board funds through this program, but are useful to include in the application as an indication of community support.

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

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Mailing address:
Wisconsin Arts Board
P.O. Box 8690
Madison, WI 53708

Physical location:
201 West Washington Ave, 2nd Floor
Madison, WI 53703

Phone: 608-266-0190
Fax: 608-267-0380

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Geographic Focus:

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