Listening sessions, webinars, conferences, grant opportunities

Grants, fellowships, and other opportunities:

  • Communities Across the Country will be able to Apply for $3 Billion in Funding Immediately, through the Economic Development Administration (EDA).   U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo has announced six programs, collectively called Investing in America’s Communities, that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) will execute to equitably invest the $3 billion it received from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan.  This EDA investment is the largest economic development initiative from the Department of Commerce in decades and will help communities across the country build back better.  Investing in America’s Communities includes:
    • Build Back Better Regional Challenge ($1 billion) will capitalize on American ingenuity and American workers by providing a transformational investment to regions across the country to revitalize their economies.
    • Good Jobs Challenge ($500 million) is designed to help get Americans back in good-paying jobs. The program will develop and strengthen regional workforce training systems and sector-based partnerships with a focus on programs targeted at women, people of color and historically underserved communities.
    • Economic Adjustment Assistance ($500 million) grants will help hundreds of communities across the nation plan, build, innovate, and put people back to work through projects tailored to meet local needs.
    • Indigenous Communities ($100 million) program will work hand-in-hand with Tribal Governments and Indigenous communities to develop and execute economic development projects they need to recover from the pandemic and build economies for the future.
    • Travel, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation ($750 million) program will focus on revitalizing the hard-hit travel, tourism, and outdoor recreation industries and accelerate the recovery of communities that rely on these sectors.
    • Statewide Planning, Research and Networks ($90 million) grants include funding for state planning efforts as well as grants to build Communities of Practice to extend technical assistance to support EDA’s work with grantees.

      To learn more about EDA and our American Rescue Plan Funding Opportunities sign up for the webinar, EDA 101 and America Rescue Plan Overview, which will be held on July 29.  For more informationvisit for the latest news on EDA’s implementation plans. Sign up for the EDA newsletter and follow EDA on social media: InstagramTwitterLinkedInFacebook and YouTube.

Wisconsin Humanities Recovery Grants are now available to help our state prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the pandemic. Funding for these grants is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.  The first deadline has passed.  The second deadline is October 15, 2021.   A total of $766,120 will be awarded and no matching funds are required!  Click here for all the info.

  • The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has announced two new grant program guidelines to distribute approximately $80 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds directly to nonprofit arts and culture organizations and to local arts agencies. These funds are the result of several months of federal advocacy by arts leaders at the local, state, regional, and national level.  Applicants for this new grant program will NOT have to be a previous NEA grantee to be eligible to apply. There is a quick turnaround time for submitting applications, however. The new grant program guidelines are:
  • No Studios, the Milwaukee creative arts hub founded by Milwaukee native and Oscar winner John Ridley, presents a new artist grant program, pledging to give up to $100,000 in grants each year to help Wisconsin artists, especially those in historically underserved populations, complete their artistic projects. The program is being administered by gener8tor, a nationally ranked accelerator for the creative economy. More info here
  • The RJE Sprout Fund was established in 2021 to support artists across the nation with direct funds in order to provide financial means to projects that will be completed within the next 12 months.   More info here.

In-person event:

  • Invest in and Cultivate a Diverse Arts Community:  Fireside chat with artist/entrepreneur Jenie Gao, at Lodgic in Madison on Wednesday, July 14, 12-1 pm. You can attend both in person and online.  Register here.Event Description: Artists are leaders and change-makers who are often called to a higher, social purpose. Many artists become community organizers, educators, and activists. Businesses, nonprofits, and municipalities frequently reach out to artists to build excitement for a particular cause. But social issues and systems are complex, so how do we align intention with impact?In this fireside chat, Jenie Gao will pull from her writing, research, and work as a full-time artist-entrepreneur, and the path she took to building an anti-gentrification art practice. She will touch on topics including artists’ equity, racial justice and representation, and healthy collaborations and partnerships between artists, communities, and organizations. She will share thoughts on how the business community can move beyond symbolism and work with artists in a way that is responsible, meaningful, and visionary. In this conversation, we will reflect on the question: how do we live like the future we want is already here?
  • Towards One Wisconsin, a conference on diversity, equity and inclusion, October 12-13, Eau Claire
    Wherever you are on your Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) journey, there’s something for you at Toward One Wisconsin. If you’re just starting out or you’re a leading activist in your community, this conference will provide best practices, insights and implementation tools to help you take the next steps. Across all sectors of business and life in Wisconsin, parallel efforts are underway to prioritize DEI. We may be in different places based on the diversity of our experiences, but we’re all traveling the same journey: Toward One Wisconsin.   The T1W Ticket Scholarship applications are now open.  Scholarship details and application here: full details on the conference, visit

Online sessions:

  • Webinar: Advocacy for local ARP funds to the arts, culture, and creativity, Wednesday, July 14, 10-11 am
    Register today and you’ll receive Zoom info before the webinar date.

    Arts Wisconsin is pleased to present a webinar on advocating for funds at the local level for arts and culture, at a webinar on American Rescue Plan (ARP) dollars are currently flowing to municipalities throughout Wisconsin, and your local officials are making decisions about how that money should be spent to support and boost your local economy.While the process for making those decisions will vary from location to location, the tips for advocacy remain the same. Come find out how you can be advocating for local support for creative workers and businesses.Panelists:
    • Kim Brooks, artists and advocate, Downtown Marinette
    • Jerry Deschane, Director, League of Wisconsin Municipalities
    • Mark Fraire, Director, Dane Arts, Madison
    • David Lee, Director, Imagine MKE, Milwaukee.

For your review:  catch up on listening sessions, webinars, and other events of interest 

  • Public Art: Exploring the Possibilities, Thursday, May 27.  A cohort conversation presented by Arts Wisconsin and Wisconsin Arts Board.   Watch for the recording soon.
  • Rural Routes Webinar, 5-6-21, presented by Reedsburg ArtsLink.  More info is at
  • Check out recordings of the great discussions held during Creative Wisconsin Month, April 2021
  • Americans for the Arts presented the 2021 National Arts Action Summit, April 5-9, 2021. Over these five days, advocates gained a depth of knowledge from policy experts at Americans for the Arts and many organizational Partners in an all-virtual setting.       Click here for recordings and other info.
  • Presentations on COVID public health issues and the arts, with Dr. Laura Cassidy, Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), presented by Arts Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Arts Board
  • The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) and the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA) presented a webinar on February 9, 2021, to help people navigate the new Creative Placemaking Public Resources Guide, which offers,
    • a curated selection of federal funding sources that you can use to advance equitable community development
    • examples of initiatives that have transformed local community development efforts through creative partnerships, and
    • practical tips on accessing federal grant programs.
  • Arts Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Arts Board presented a virtual information session for Wisconsin arts organizations with Dr. Laura Cassidy, Professor and Director of Epidemiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, on January 29, 2021Click here for the webinar recording and resource info.
  • “Shuttered Venue Grant” (previously known as “Save Our Stages”) program – presentation by SBA, 1-14-21. Click here for YouTube video.
  • What’s in the new Federal Relief Bill?  Arts Wisconsin Director Anne Katz reviewed the new Federal Pandemic Relief package (click here for info about the legislation) announced by Congress including Federal Unemployment Assistance, a second round of Paycheck Protection Program loans, and the $15 Billion “Save Our Stages” grants for live performance venues, performing arts, movie theaters and museums.  Click here for the session recording and more info.

  • PPP Forgiveness Options and Income Tax Implications on Receiving CARES Act Grants, Loans, or Unemployment Compensation, presented by Americans for the Arts’ Arts Action Fund, 12-18-2020.    To access the recording:
    • Visit the event page
    • Locate the box on the right hand side with the title of the webinar
    • Click on the box
    • Click the orange “View Video” button
  • Scenario planning for arts organizations, 12-18-20, with the Wisconsin Arts Board

See the RESOURCES tab of the event page for additional resources.

  • Town Hall for Wisconsin Artists and Creative Workers on Tuesday, December 1.  A statewide forum to share your insights about what should come next in the recovery and stability of WI’s arts ecosystem.   Hosted by the Wisconsin Arts Board in partnership with Arts Wisconsin, Association of Wisconsin Artists, Backline|gener8tor,|gener8tor, Film Wisconsin, gener8tor, Imagine MKE, Mary Nohl Fellowships, Milwaukee Artist Resource Network, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, Wisconsin Alliance of Composers, Wisconsin Dance Council, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Wisconsin Visual Artists, and the Wisconsin Writers Association.  Town Hall recording here.
  • Artists In a Time of Global Pandemic (ASL & Captioned), HowlRound, 3-16-20
  • “COVID-19 Recovery for Community Theatres” – AACT/Hytropy Reverse Disaster, March 31 (recording)
  • “COVID-19 and Your Nonprofit: Crisis Comms, Fundraising and Event Considerations for Challenging Times​” – Tuesday, March 17 (access the webinar here​)
  • We Are Stronger Together: Navigating Crises & Sustaining Healthy Relationships in the Era of Coronavirus” – Wed., March 18 (read the transcript here​; recording coming soon)
  • “Networking for Disaster Management in the Performing Arts” – Performing Arts Readiness, 3-24-20 (access the webinar here)​

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