Woodland Indian Arts Initiative (WIAI)

Grants to Wisconsin Tribal Governments and
Nonprofits to Promote Native American Art Forms

GrantWatch ID#: 175882
Agency Type:


Wisconsin Arts Board

10/28/16 3:00 PM Electronic Receipt; 10/31/2016 Postmark for Mailed Materials

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Grants ranging from $1,500 to $4,000 to Wisconsin nonprofit organizations and tribal governments to promote the creation and presentation of Native American art forms. Funding is available to support both traditional and contemporary artistic activities carried out in the State’s Indian communities.

Funding priority goes to activities that work to build a long-term structure of support for Native arts in Wisconsin. These include but are not limited to:

-Professional arts administration positions in support of Native arts,

-Documentation of arts activities and cultural knowledge in Wisconsin’s Native communities,

-Technical assistance and professional development to Native artists and arts organizations,

-Presentation and promotion of Wisconsin’s Native artists through festivals, markets, exhibitions, various media and other forms of presentation, and

-Planning grants in preparation for any of the above.

-New, expanded or existing projects are eligible. Traditional and contemporary art forms are welcome.

$1,500 - $4,000

The project period is January 1, 2017 - November 30, 2017 (11 months).

Applicants must be organizations that provide direct services to members of Wisconsin’s Indian communities and:

-Are a unit of tribal government or hold tax-exempt status from federal income tax under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code;

-Are incorporated in and conduct business in Wisconsin and have been doing so for at least three years;

-Conduct arts-related work that involves and benefits Wisconsin’s Native American communities;

-Are the most appropriate sponsor for the proposed activities.

Unincorporated nonprofit groups and incorporated nonprofit organizations that have been doing mission-related work for at least three years but lack 501(c)3 status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can apply using a separate nonprofit organization as a fiscal receiver. See the guidelines for more discussion of working with fiscal receivers.

The grant requires a 1:1 match, half of which must be cash, is required for these funds. This means that the amount of the grant request cannot be more than half the overall budget of the project.

To apply, complete these three steps:

1) Submit an electronic WIAI grant application by 3:00 PM on the due date. Applications submitted after 3:00 PM that day will not be accepted.

2) Mail a printed copy of the completed application with original signatures to the Arts Board. This must be postmarked no later than the next day of business.

3) Submit a work sample by the next business day. These can be either mailed with the signed application or can be uploaded through the on-line application form.

Arts Board staff is available to provide assistance throughout the year. This includes answering eligibility questions, refining proposal ideas, discussing fiscal receiver issues, reviewing drafts of the proposal and providing other forms of assistance. Call or email Kaitlyn Berle (contact details below).

-October 28, 2016: Electronic applications due
-October 31, 2016: Postmark deadline for mailed materials
-November 18, 2016: Panel meets to review applications
-December 2, 2016: WAB votes on panel’s funding recommendations
-December 2016: Contracts are mailed to successful applicants
-January 1, 2017: Projects can begin
-November 30, 2017: Project end date
-December 29, 2017: Final report due

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

Apply Online:

For grant proposal assistance:

Kaitlyn Berle
(608) 266-8106

For technical questions about the on-line application:

Dale Johnson
(608) 264-8191

Wisconsin Arts Board
PO Box 8690
Madison, Wisconsin 53708-8690

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