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Creation and Presentation Program (CPP) Grant - Full Year

Grant to Wisconsin Nonprofits and Government
Agencies to Support Arts Programming

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Wisconsin Arts Board (WAB)

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10/10/19 3:00 PM


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Grants of up to $2,000 to Wisconsin arts nonprofits and government entities for general operating and arts program support. Eligible organizations are those that create and present ongoing arts programming. New applicants must submit an intent to apply before applying.

Creation and Presentation Program (CPP) 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. 

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. 

Examples of Eligible Activities:

  • A theater presents multiple productions and educational programming throughout the year including residencies
  • A museum or gallery presents multiple exhibitions, educational programming, publications, and community arts events throughout the year
  • A performing arts center presents a series of dance, music and theater performances, including residencies, from September through May
  • A literary organization presents contemporary literature in a series of readings, and produces a series of literary journals featuring contemporary Wisconsin writers
  • A university department offers a statewide annual art film and video festival for community and university audiences. 

The program supports organizations that offer broad-based arts programming in any discipline (multi-arts, performing arts, literature, folk and traditional arts, visual arts). 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:

Awards will vary according to the Arts Board’s formula and allocation from the state legislature. Grants will not exceed 25% of the average of an applicant’s last three years’ operating revenue, or the most recent year’s operating revenue, whichever is less.

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

Term of Contract:

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.

FY20 grants support activities in Fiscal Year 2020 (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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
-Have a Federal Identification Number, assigned by the Internal Revenue Service
-Have a DUNS number. If a Creation and Presentation grant applicant can show that it has applied for this number prior to submitting its application —even if that number has not yet been received —then the application will be accepted for review.

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.

The Wisconsin Arts Board’s programs and activities do not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission, access or employment.

No more than 8% of the Arts Board’s available funds through this grant program will go to one organization. Grants will not exceed 25% of the average of an applicant’s last three years of operating revenue.

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:

New applicants to the program – those that did not receive a FY19 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.

Organizations that have never applied to the Creation and Presentation Grant Program previously must notify the Arts Board staff of their intent to apply by September 19, 2019.

- August 15, 2019 – Register organization within application system (strongly recommended)
- September 19, 2019 – Intent to Apply deadline for new applicants (required)
- September 23, 2019 – Draft narrative review request deadline (optional)
- October 1, 2019 – Draft form and support materials review request deadline (optional)
- October 10, 2019 (3:00 pm) – Online application deadline (required)
- Panel Meetings - November 2019
- Arts Board Grant Determination Meeting - December 6, 2019
- Grant award announcement (via email) – December 13, 2019 (approximate)
- Check mailed - January 10, 2020 (approximate)

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.

The Arts Board staff is available for grant proposal writing assistance throughout the year. The staff can explain and clarify eligibility requirements, review criteria, and definitions. The staff can also discuss proposals and alternative ideas. Discussions with staff do not influence funding decisions.

Applicants are encouraged to submit a request for staff to review a draft of their application form and support material. This request must be submitted by October 1, 2019, by posting a note through the online application system. This form review consists of a simple check of the application form and support material for completeness by Arts Board staff.

Applicants may also request a draft narrative review by Arts Board staff. This request must be submitted by September 23, 2019. Staff may suggest ways to strengthen the narrative in this review. Please note: receiving staff assistance does not guarantee funding.

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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

For application questions, please call Dale Johnson at 608-264-8191.

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