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Grants to Wisconsin Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, Schools, and Tribes for Arts Programming and Operational Support

Creation and Presentation Program (CPP) Grant - Full Year


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Funding Source
Wisconsin Arts Board (WAB)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Wisconsin

Important Dates
LOI Date: 09/14/23
Deadline: 10/12/23 3:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Wisconsin nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, public schools, and IHEs for arts activities and organizational support. New applicants, as well as applicants who have not applied in recent years, must send a letter of intent prior to applying. Funding is intended to assist with operational expenses and arts programs in the disciplines of multi-arts, performing arts, literature, folk and traditional arts, and visual arts.

​​​​​​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 art​s​ 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 CPP provides grants to organizations for annual arts programming. The program supports organizations that offer broad-based arts programming in any discipline.

Specific activities include:

  • General operating expenses - utilities (electricity, water, heating, and cooling, etc.), Internet-related costs, telephone-related costs, printing-related and other office supplies (including paper products) 
  • Artistic and technical/production personnel (staff) expenses
  • Temporary staffing assistance
  • Outside (non-staff) artistic fees and services
  • Marketing/promotional expenses
  • Artistic space rental/expenditures
  • Production/exhibition expenses
  • Acquisition of artwork

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.

For information on the goals of the CPP, see


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.​

In FY24, applicants in the following artistic discipline categories will submit Full Year applications:
- Presenting Organizations 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.
- New applicants to the program – those that did not receive an FY23 Creation and Presentation grant award in the last fiscal year.
- Continuing applicants in all other disciplines will submit Interim Year applications this year.

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 (not including the months during which the artistic activity was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic)
- 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
- Be incorporated and registered to fundraise in - and conduct business in - Wisconsin (proof of incorporation and activity in Wisconsin required prior to application review)
- 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 federally required Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) which replaces the previously required DUNS number

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. Note: Educational institutions and units of government do not have to register to fundraise in Wisconsin.

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 and that includes people from the broader community in the planning.

To obtain a UEI:
For more eligibility information, see:

Who May Not Apply:
• Historical societies
• Humanities organization
• 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
• Libraries
• Arts organizations that have delinquent final reports due to the Arts Board
• Organizations that received a Creative Communities grant in this fiscal year

For types of activities not funded, see:

Pre-Application Information
- Intent to Apply submitted (first-time applicants only) - September 14, 2023
- Draft narrative submitted for review (optional) - September 28, 2023
- Draft application form submitted for review (optional) - October 5, 2023
- Final online application deadline - October 12, 2023
- Grant Panel/Recommendation Meetings - November 2023
- Arts Board Grant Determination Meeting - December 15, 2023
- Grant award announcement (via email) – December 22, 2023 (approximate)
- Check mailed - January 2024 (approximate)
- Retroactive Eligible Activities on which grant can be spent, begin (no earlier than) - July 1, 2023
- Eligible Activities on which grant can be spent end (no later than) - June 30, 2024

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 the deadline noted above. Notification should be in the form of an email to the Arts Board.

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.

Public Service Activity Requirement: Section 41.53 of the Wisconsin Statutes requires that each Arts Board grant recipient perform a public service activity. For more details, see:

Matching: All Creation and Presentation grants require at least a 1:1 cash match.

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. Call or email for assistance.

Applicants may submit a request to review a draft of their application form and support material by the date noted in the timeline above.

Applicants may also request a draft narrative review by Arts Board staff which must be submitted by the date noted above.

Extended timeline for Full Year application submission by discipline category can be found in Supporting Documents below.

Basic Eligibility Requirements​:

Estimated Size of Grant
Grants will not exceed 25% of the average of an applicant’s last three years of operating revenue. The minimum grant amount that will be awarded through this program is $2,000, barring unforeseen circumstances.

Term of Contract
FY24 grants support activities in Fiscal Year 2024 (July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024).

Contact Information
Apply online:

Submit intent to apply or questions to:

Applicants who do not have the technology or access to the technology to complete the application online, please contact the Wisconsin Arts Board.

Wisconsin Arts Board
PO Box 8690
Madison, WI 53708

Physical Location:
Wisconsin Arts Board
3319 West Beltline Hwy
3rd Floor
Madison, WI

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