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Creation and Presentation Program (CPP) Grant - Full Year

Grant to Wisconsin Nonprofits, Schools, IHEs, and
Government Agencies for Arts Programs

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Wisconsin Arts Board (WAB)

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10/08/18 3:00 PM


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Grants of up to $2,000 to Wisconsin nonprofits, schools, colleges, universities, and tribal and local governments for general operating support of arts programs. Priority areas of funding include opera, musical theater, and dance.

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 Wisconsin Arts Board is the state agency which nurtures creativity, cultivates expression, promotes the arts, supports the arts in education, stimulates community and economic development, and serves as a resource for people of every culture and heritage.

The program supports nonprofit arts organizations with strong operations, including stable management, ongoing assessment and evaluation, high artistic quality, and programming appropriate to the communities they serve.

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.

Goals of the Creation and Presentation Grants Program:
-To promote and sustain art of the highest artistic quality
-To promote and sustain organizational and financial stability
-To ensure artistic relevance and effective arts organizations through appropriate organizational planning, ongoing assessment and evaluation, community input, and sound promotion
-To increase local, regional, and statewide leadership among arts organizations in Wisconsin
-To increase audience participation in, and appreciation of, programs created and presented by Wisconsin arts organizations
-To help arts organizations articulate the value of the work that they do – and the impact of that work on community and economic development – to their local and state officials and to the people in their community
-To encourage arts organizations to work to enhance arts education efforts in their community

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

Applicants must:
-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

Public Service Activity Requirement

Section 41.53 of the Wisconsin Statutes requires that each Arts Board grant recipient perform a public service activity no earlier than July 1 and no later than June 30 of the fiscal year for which the grant is awarded. Public service activities include, but are not limited to the following: An exhibition, a performance, a publication, a lecture/demonstration, a workshop, a residency, or a media presentation. A fee for admission or publication may be charged. The activity should increase the public’s awareness of Wisconsin’s artists and artistic resources , the impact of the arts on economic and community development, the importance of formal K-12 arts education for our children, or the importance of life-long learning in the arts.

To fulfill this requirement, organizations must:
-Make a public announcement of the activity that is designed to reach all members of the community
-Ensure that the activity relates clearly to the general artistic programming supported by the Creation and Presentation grant; and
-Conduct the activity within Wisconsin in a public facility that is accessible to persons with disabilities.

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.

FY19 grants support activities in Fiscal Year 2019 (July 1, 2 018 - June 30, 2019).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must fulfill all of the following conditions to be eligible for this program:
-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.

Who May Not Apply
-Historical societies
-Humanities organizations
-General, non-arts museums
-Public or private college or university programs that do not directly serve the community beyond the campus
-Public or private schools that do not have a community-run performing arts series
-Public radio or television stations
-Arts organizations that have delinquent final reports due to the Arts Board
-Organizations that received a Creative Communities grant in this fiscal year

Types of Activities Not Funded In general, the Arts Board does not fund the following nor can the direct dollar for dollar match for Arts Board funds be used for these expenses
-Capital equipment (items costing more than $5,000 with a useful life of more than one year) or capital expenditures, e.g., renovation of existing facilities
-Benefit/fundraiser activities
-Cash prizes or awards
-Deficits incurred from past activities
-Individual tuition
-Activities for which academic credit is given
-Curriculum expansion
-Out-of-state travel
-Hospitality expenses, i.e. entertainment, refreshments or food at receptions, parties, gallery openings
-Activities that have already been completed by the beginning of the grant period
-Activities that have a religious purpose
-Lobbyists’ payments
-Activities not open to the general public

Pre-Application Information:

September 17, 2018 - Intent to Apply deadline for new applicants
October 8, 2018 (3:00 p.m.) - eGrant online application deadline
October 9, 2018 - Support material deadline; 3:00 p.m. deadline for Dropbox material to be shared with the Foundation, and postmark or hand delivery deadline for print material
Grant award announcement: December 13, 2018

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 17. Notification should be sent in the form of an email.

All Creation and Presentation grants require at least a 1:1 cash match of public or private (non-state) funds. 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.

Requests for grants must first be submitted through the Wisconsin Arts Board eGrant system. After submitting the CPP application through eGrant, a paper application package is also required. Copies of the completed CPP application forms and additional supporting materials must be received by the Wisconsin Arts Board, postmarked or hand delivered no later than one working day later than the eGrant deadline.

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 at least one week before the final deadline date (by October 1, 2018) via email. This form review consists of a simple check of the application form and support material for completeness by Arts Board staff . Please include the applicant organization name. Applicants may also request a draft narrative review by Arts Board staff, at least two weeks before the final application deadline date (by September 24, 2018). Staff may suggest ways to strengthen the narrative in this review. Please note: receiving staff assistance does not guarantee funding.

-Intent to Apply submitted (first time applicants only) - September 17 , 2018
-Draft narrative submitted for review (optional) - September 17, 2018
-Draft application form/Dropbox submitted for review (optional) - October 1 , 2018
-Final eGrant application deadline - October 8 , 2018
-Dropbox and Postmark deadline for required hard copy Support Materials and Application - October 9, 2018 Panel Meetings - November 2018
-Arts Board Grant Determination Meeting - December 7, 2018
-Grant award announcement (via email) – December 13 , 201 8 (approximate)
-Check mailed - December 23 , 201 8 (approximate)
-Activities on which grant can be spent, begin (no earlier) - July 1, 2018
-Activities on which grant can be spent, end (no later than) - June 30, 2019
-The Final Report for this FY19 grant is part of next year’s FY20 Creation and Presentation application. Deadline – October 2019;
-However, if the applicant will not submit a FY20 application, the Final Report for this FY19 grant is due on July 31, 2019

For applicants that are new to eGrant, please contact Dale Johnson to create an account.

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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

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

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