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Wisconsin Arts Board - Woodland Indian Arts Initiative

PO Box 8690
Madison, WI 53708-8690
  • Arts, Culture and Humanities including Library, Museum and Historical Society Grants
  • Wisconsin
Maximum Grant Amount
November 2, 2023

The Wisconsin Arts Board is accepting applications for the Woodland Indian Arts Initiative.

The Woodland Indian Arts Initiative (WIAI) is designed to promote and develop a foundation of cultural and economic support for traditional and contemporary Native American arts in Wisconsin. Its goal is to strengthen Native arts in Wisconsin for the long term. As part of this work, the Wisconsin Arts Board annually distributes funds from Gaming Compact monies to support artistic activities among Wisconsin’s tribes, bands and urban 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.

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.

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 3 years;
  • conduct arts-related work that involves and benefits Wisconsin’s Native American communities;
  • are the most appropriate sponsor for the proposed activities; and
  • are able to match each dollar of Arts Board support with cash constituting at least ½ of the match. The other half of the match can be in-kind, cash, or a combination of the two.

Note from your Grant Gopher team: The maximum grant has increased from $4,000 to $6,000

Grant information last reviewed by our staff on 7/23/2023

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