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Grants to Minnesota and Wisconsin Nonprofits in Eligible Counties for Arts Programming to Benefit Local Residents

Valley Arts Initiative Grant Program

GrantWatch ID# 150195
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
St. Croix Valley Foundation (SCVF)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Minnesota: Washington and Chisago countiesWisconsin: Pierce, Polk, Burnett, and St. Croix counties

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/23/22

Grant Description
Grants of up to $5,000 to Minnesota and Wisconsin nonprofit organizations in eligible counties to promote arts and culture in the community. Funding is intended for engaging arts programs. Arts organizations may request general operating support. Applicants must be located – and programming provided – in the St. Croix Valley (including Washington and Chisago Counties in Minnesota and Pierce, St. Croix, Polk, and Burnett Counties in Wisconsin).

The St. Croix Valley Foundation (SCVF) recognizes that participation in arts and cultural activities enriches the region’s quality of life, promotes interaction among residents, and builds community across diverse groups. Therefore, the Valley Arts Initiative grant program intends to fund high-quality arts experiences – supporting artists and nonprofits, engaging the community, and ultimately fostering a rich and diverse arts ecosystem in the St. Croix Valley.   

Organizations with arts at the core of their mission and programs may apply for either:

  • Program Support or 
  • General Operating Support

Non-Arts organizations may apply for:

  • Program Support for arts programming that engages artists and benefits the community. 


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
The applicant must be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization or designate a 501(c)(3) organization as a fiscal sponsor. Applicants must have no outstanding final reports due to the SCVF for previous arts grants.

Pre-Application Information
- Application live - October 31, 2022
- Application due - December 23, 2022
- Notifications emailed - February, 2023

The Wisconsin Arts Board has two requirements of applicants:
- Cash Match. Applicants must match the amount requested with cash or in-kind contributions. Of this match, 50% must be cash. For example, if an applicant requests $1,000, applicants must show a $1,000 match of which $500 is cash coming from ticket sales, other grants, or individual contributions.
- Public Service Activity. A funded project must perform a public service activity such as a concert, exhibition, etc. The activity must be announced to the entire community and be held in an accessible setting (admission fees may be charged).

Estimated Size of Grant
Please note, the maximum request amount is $5,000.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

St. Croix Valley Foundation
516 Second Street (suite 214)
Hudson, WI 54016

Phone: 715-386-9490
Fax: 715-386-1250

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