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Community Arts Grant

Grants to Wisconsin Nonprofits for
Quality Arts Programs in the Oshkosh Area

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Foundation / Corporation

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Oshkosh Area Community Foundation (OACF)

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Grants of up to $5,000 to Oshkosh Area, Wisconsin nonprofit groups and arts organizations for arts activities in the counties of Winnebago, Green Lake, and Waushara, or the City of Ripon. Projects may involve any artistic discipline or media. Priority will be given to collaborative projects.


Participation in arts and cultural activities enriches the lives of individuals, promotes interaction among residents, provides opportunities to deepen learning, and builds community across groups with diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.

In order to support local arts programming, the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation annually applies for funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board. All funds received are matched with local community donations to theĀ Fund for the Arts, and then re-granted to established arts organizations or nonprofit groups with an innovative arts program.

Grant Guidelines:

The Community Foundation is looking for projects that stimulate creative and innovative arts programming in the local community. Proposed projects can be any artistic discipline or combination of artistic media. Priority will be given to innovative arts-related collaborations between arts groups, artists, venues, community groups, or area residents.

Eligible grant proposals will:
-Enhance local arts programming and arts educational opportunities.
-Involve an activity that is open to the public such as an exhibition, a performance, a workshop, a residency, a lecture/demonstration, or a publication. A fee for admission or publication may be charged.

Examples of eligible activities include, but are not limited to:
-A theater presents multiple productions and educational programming throughout the year including residencies.
-A museum or gallery holds an exhibition or community arts event.
-A performing arts organization presents a dance, music, or theater performance.
-A community nonprofit group coordinates an arts-based community celebration, festival, or concert.
-A university department offers an annual art film and video festival for community and university audiences.
-A literary organization presents a series of poetry readings, a books festival, and/or produces a literary journal featuring local poets.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153193

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards are typically less than $5,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made to established arts organizations or nonprofit groups with an innovative arts program.

Organizations may provide a copy of their 501(c)(3) determination letter.

The following activities are not currently supported by Community Arts Grants:
-Grants to individual artists.
-Events or performances that serve primarily as fundraisers for an organization.
-Travel costs for projects or performances that occur outside of the greater Oshkosh area.
-Hospitality expenses, i.e. entertainment, refreshments or food at receptions, parties or gallery openings. (These may appear in your project budget but cannot be funded by Community Arts grant dollars.)
-Activities that have a religious purpose

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants should not request grant funding exceeding 50% of the total project costs.

The grant application deadline is May 23, 2018

All applicants will be invited to participate in a 10-minute interview with the Community Arts Grants Committee in June.

Decisions will be made in July.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Amy Putzer

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Wisconsin: Winnebago, Waushara, and Green Lake Counties; and the City of Ripon