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Creation and Presentation Program (CPP) Grant - Full Year

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

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Wisconsin Arts Board (WAB)

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10/14/21 3:00 PM


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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. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to six weeks to complete. Funding is intended to assist with operational expenses and arts programs in the disciplines of dance, music, folk, literary, multidisciplinary, musical theater, opera, theater, presenting arts, and visual arts.

Creation and Presentation grants provide artistic program and operational support to established nonprofit arts organizations that have art at the core of their mission, that create or present ongoing arts programming that makes a significant local, regional, or statewide impact on the cultural life of Wisconsin, and that further the Arts Board’s community development and arts education goals (see Goals 1 and 2 in the Arts Board’s strategic plan).

Grants are provided for annual arts programming. Repeated events, such as a yearly multi-day festival, are eligible. The program supports organizations that offer broad-based arts programming in any discipline. 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

For examples of eligible activities, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 147173

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant amount that will be awarded through this program is $2,000.

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.

Term of Contract:

FY22 grants support activities in Fiscal Year 2022 (July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022).

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.

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 and local governments and universities. In these cases, the organizations will use either government or university nonprofit status.

Full Year applicants: Applicants to this program can not apply to the Creative Communities Grants Program.

Interim Year applicants: Applicants to this program can not have received a Creative Communities grant 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;
- Match each dollar of Arts Board support with at least one dollar of public (non-state) or private funds;
- 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.

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.

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.

For a list of Who May Not Apply, and types of activities not funded, see:

Pre-Application Information:

- New applicant organizations register within the application system (strongly recommended) - September 15, 2021
- Intent to Apply submitted - September 16, 2021
- Draft narrative submitted for review (optional) - September 23, 2021
- Draft application form submitted for review (optional) - September 30, 2021
- Final online application deadline - October 14, 2021, 3:00 PM
- Grant Panel/Recommendation Meetings - November 2021
- Arts Board Grant Determination Meeting - December 3, 2021
- Grant award announcement (via email) – December 10, 2021 (approximate)
- Check mailed - January 11, 2022 (approximate)
- The Final Report for this FY22 grant must be submitted no later than - October 2022

Requests for grants must be submitted through the Wisconsin Arts Board online application system​.

Organizations that have never applied to the Creation and Presentation Grant Program previously, as well as organizations that have not applied in recent years to the Program, must notify the Arts Board staff of their intent to apply by September 16, 2021. Notification should be in the form of an email to the Arts Board.

All applicants must have a DUNS number. Please allow six weeks (thirty business days) for a number to be assigned via the internet

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.The Full Year application takes organizational size and capacity into account, even while it continues to be a rigorous tool upon which applicants can draw for applications to other funders. The Interim Year application provides an artistic and organizational health “check-in.” In both Full and Interim Years, the application form and narrative continue to be based on past performance rather than future projections. For a chart of Full Year and Interim Year applicants by funding year and disclipline, see the Full Year Chart in Supporting Documents below.

New applicants to the program – those that did not receive a FY21 Creation and Presentation grant award in the last fiscal year – must submit a Full Year application this year, regardless of their artistic discipline category. Please contact Arts Board staff prior to beginning a Full Year application.

- In FY22, applicants in the following artistic discipline categories will submit Full Year applications: Music.
- In FY22, applicants in the following artistic discipline categories – and that also received a FY21 Creation and Presentation grant – will submit Interim Year applications: Dance, Folk, Literary, Multi-Disciplinary, Musical Theater, Opera, Theater, Presenting and Visual Arts

Only organizations that received a FY21 Creation and Presentation grant last year are eligible to submit a FY22 Interim Year application. (This does not include Music organizations, all of which must submit a Full Year application this year.) These organizations must also continue meet each of the Basic Eligibility Requirements for the Creation and Presentation program. Please note that the first condition, “have a record of consistent artistic activities for at least the three consecutive years prior to application” does not include the months during which the artistic activity was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organizations that did not receive a FY21 Creation and Presentation grant – and Music organizations – may not apply for a FY22 Interim Year grant. (FY22 is the Full Year in the application cycle for Music organizations, so they must apply for a Full Year grant.)

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. Call or email the Arts Board for assistance.

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.

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Contact Information:

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

To apply online:

Submit intent to apply or questions to:

Wisconsin Arts Board
PO Box 8690
Madison, WI 53708

Physical Location:
Wisconsin Arts Board
3319 West Beltline Hwy
3rd Floor
Madison, WI
Phone: 608-266-0190

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