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2022 Joy Engine Community Challenge

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Wisconsin artists and students, government agencies, schools, nonprofit organizations, and community groups for art projects that benefit local neighborhoods in eligible locations. Funding is intended for a range of projects, including murals, mosaics, music, poetry, and dance, that fuel creative expression of joy within the Milwaukee community. Applications will be accepted for projects to improve public spaces and civic engagement; support diversity, equity, and inclusion; and pursue innovative ideas that support neighborhoods.

Joy Engine is looking for projects that engage the arts, are inclusive, mobilize volunteers, and aim to create joy in your community. We encourage applicants to creatively explore ideas that improve open spaces or design innovative and tangible projects that increase neighborhood pride and facilitate a greater sense of inclusion.

A project must: 

  • Take place in the neighborhood in which you live or work 
  • Be publicly accessible without admission or entrance fees 
  • Include documentation both during the process and of your completed project (i.e. photos and/or video, written materials, flyers) 
  • Be in the City of Milwaukee.

Joy Engine Community Challenge can be used for:

  • Permanent physical improvements in the community
  • Temporary demonstrations, art installations, and performances
  • New, innovative programming, events, or services.

The project types described above will be prioritized over those that support ongoing programming or events.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 204860

Number of Grants:

Five grants

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $10,000

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed by July 31, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This application is open to the following:
- Artists working in visual, performing arts, or creative placemaking (individuals must partner with a lead organization)
- Students and student organizations (if under 18 must partner with a lead organizer or your school)
- Government entities, neighborhood associations or neighborhood improvement districts, schools, cultural centers, community organizations
- 501(C)(3), 501(C)(4), and 501(C)(6) nonprofits
- Other types of artists and organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The following projects are NOT eligible for funding:
- Partisan, political, or election-related activities
- Planning activities and assessments and surveys of communities without tangible engagement
- Studies with no follow-up action
- Publication of books or reports
- Acquisition of land and/or buildings or a vehicle purchase
- Sponsorship of other organizations’ events or activities
- Research and development for a nonprofit endeavor
- Research and development for a for-profit endeavor
- The promotion of a for-profit entity and/or its products and services.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is Friday, August 5, 2022.

Grant recipients and unselected applicants will be notified by email no later than September 9, 2022.

Contact Information:

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

Submit applications and direct questions to

Or mail to:
Joy Engine
1100 S 5th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204

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USA: Wisconsin: Milwaukee

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