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Cultural Facilities Assistance Program

A Program Designed to Assist New Presenters of the Performing Arts


Next deadline (FY12): 

Program Suspended

Application now closed.


Guidelines include instructions for preparing your application and required materials.


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The purpose of the Wisconsin Arts Boardís Cultural Facilities Assistance Program is to help Wisconsinís new performing arts presenters to meet the needs of their communities. Specifically the program will help new presenters to: learn more about the field of presenting the performing arts; increase access to the resources needed to present their work effectively; strengthen organizational capacity, staff, and boards; conduct community assessments; and present one artist from beyond the local community in a performance.


The new presenter applicant must either: hold tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code; or the applicant must be part of a larger nonprofit institution, or a unit of state or local government including public schools and universities; or if neither of the above are applicable, applicants may apply using a separate nonprofit organization as a fiscal receiver. In addition, the applicant must indicate that it is moving toward presenting an annual series of four or more performing arts events.

Please read the full guidelines before applying.

To Apply

Program Suspended.

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Grant Writing Assistance

The Arts Board staff is available for grant 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. Discussions with the staff, however, do not influence funding decisions.

First-time applicants are encouraged to contact the Arts Board prior to applying. The Arts Board cannot guarantee assistance for applicants calling immediately prior to the deadline.

Call (608) 266-0190 weekdays between 8:30am and 4:30pm for assistance.



Updated:  Tuesday, April 29, 2014