Arts Midwest Grant Program – Arts Midwest is committed to Midwestern communities, large and small, through grantmaking, creative programming, and leadership training. Our grant and programs reach more than half a million people annually.
- Read the following guidelines.
- Prepare your application.
- Complete and submit the application form. Only one application will be accepted per organizations.
What is the GIG Fund?
Arts Midwest’s Grow, Invest, Gather (GIG) Fund provides financial support to arts organizations for rebuilding and re-imagining creative engagement in their communities amidst the challenging uncertainty affecting all corners of the creative sector.
Whether your organization is recovering, starting anew, or doing your best to hold steady, this flexible support opportunity will help you grow by investing in your capacity to gather your community to experience the power of creative expression together.
Funds are intended for organizations to build their capacity by having multiple points of access to support presenting performing and visual artists of high artistic merit, virtually or in-person.
Prepare Your Application
- Read and understand the guidelines.
- Prepare your application by gathering the following information.
- Complete and submit the application form by Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at 11:59pm Central. Only one application will be accepted per organization.
Submit your application via this form. Please note, there is an option to save and complete the application later.
Applicant’s legal name, mailing and physical address, contact person for details of engagement and official grant communications, organization website, organization phone, UEI (Unique Entity ID) number, and an EIN or TIN number.
Application Details / Arts Midwest Grant Program
Please provide responses to the following questions.
Organization details (form fields)
1. Provide a brief summary of your organization’s mission and community engagement history with arts related programming in written (two paragraphs or less) or audio format (5 minutes or less).
2. Select ‘yes’ or ‘no’: My organization is led by individuals from a group that has been historically underrepresented or marginalized. If yes, please describe.
Historically underrepresented or marginalized may include: BIPOC (Black, indigenous, and people of color); immigrants and/or refugees, people with disabilities, or LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual) people.
Artist summary / Arts Midwest Grant Program
1. Provide a brief summary of your artist in written (two paragraphs or less) or audio format (2 minutes or less).
a. What artist(s) do you plan to present/partner with? Describe their work.
b. Why have you chosen to partner with this artist or artists?
c. If artist(s) unknown or still being determined, provide a few options.
2. Select ‘yes’ or ‘no’: My organization plans to engage an artist(s) from a group that has been historically underrepresented or marginalized. If yes, please describe.
Project summary / Arts Midwest Grant Program
1. Provide a brief summary of your project in written (four paragraphs or less) or audio format (10 minutes or less).
a. Describe the two (or more) proposed project activities involving the artist/ensemble, including where and when they will take place. If exact dates are unknown, please provide a range of possible dates/months. Keep in mind the project requirements from the guidelines. (e.g. performance(s), workshops, talkbacks, exhibition).
b. Describe how you will engage people with limited access to the arts in one or more of the following categories for at least one activity: historically underrepresented or marginalized people, youths, older adults, veterans or service members, individuals with disabilities, individuals in the justice system, or economically disadvantaged.
2. Provide the project start and end dates (form fields).
Budget details / Arts Midwest Grant Program
1. Project budget (use template provided)
a. Please describe the anticipated project expenses (must be equal to or above $5,000) and revenue (also must be $5,000 or higher).
b. Indicate whether additional grants and/or sponsorship revenues are pending or confirmed
c. For guidance on eligible and ineligible grant expenses, please visit the “Grant Awards” section of the Guidelines page
d. View a sample budget
2. Provide your organization’s annual operating budget for your most recently completed fiscal year (select from drop-down menu).
How to Apply / Arts Midwest Grant Program
Information for ApplicantsApplication Deadline: April 12, 2022; 11:59pm Central time
Who: Non-profit organizations located in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, or Wisconsin and the Native nations that share this geography.
What: Applicants must:
- Contract with a professional performing or visual artist/ensemble of high artistic excellence and merit.
- Offer at least two activities featuring the the professional artist(s) in an accessible facility/space.
- At least one activity must reach an audience with limited access to the arts.
When: Between July 1, 2022, and December 31, 2022
How much: Grant awards are $2,500. Determination of awards for each grant period is dependent upon available funds and demand within each state.
How to apply
- Read the guidelines.
- Prepare your application.
- Complete and submit the application form by Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at 11:59pm Central time. Only one application will be accepted per organization.