Funding opportunities

  • Wisconsin Rural Partners’ Top Rural Development Initiative nominations are open until February 7, 2022. Here’s a great way to recognize those communities and organizations that have made a positive impact on their rural area through collaboration and sheer grit. All the details here.
  • Arts Midwest funding programs:
    • Shakespeare in American Communities (deadline February 2, 2022)
    • 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.  All the details here.
  • AARP Wisconsin invites local organizations and governments across the state to apply for the 2022 AARP Community Challenge grant program, now through March 22. These grants fund quick-action projects that help communities become more livable in the long-term by improving public  spaces, transportation, housing, civic engagement, coronavirus recovery, diversity and inclusion, and more.  All the details here.
  • Badger Bounceback Grants:
    • The Neighborhood Investment Fund Grant program will provide $200 million in funding for significant projects that provide long-term benefits to communities while also addressing negative impacts from COVID-19.  The program places special emphasis on projects benefitting communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, especially those in qualified census tracts.
    • Main Street Bounceback Grants:  Applications are now open for the Main Street Bounceback Grants. The program provides $10,000 to new or existing businesses and nonprofit organizations moving into vacant properties in Wisconsin’s downtowns and commercial corridors. New or existing businesses can apply; existing businesses must be opening a new location or expanding operations in a vacant commercial space as of January 1, 2021. Grant funds are available as part of the American Recovery Plan Act and will be distributed by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) regional partnersAdditional information available here.
    • Wisconsin Workforce Development Funds: Gov. Tony Evers has announced a groundbreaking $130 million investment in workforce solutions, with American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. All funds will be invested into Wisconsin’s workforce to connect unemployed or underemployed workers with new opportunities while also incentivizing innovative solutions to regional workforce challenges that have been exacerbated by the pandemic.    Applications for a second round of Workforce Innovation grants will be announced in 2022.
  • Important information:  The arts and cultural sector has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, with high unemployment rates for artists and members of the creative industries.  The federal, state and local governments are offering help with housing expenses for those in need. Visit https://go.usa.gov/xFWpF for resources specifically targeted to help homeowners and renters during the pandemic.
  • Communities across the country are 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 www.eda.gov/ARPA for the latest news on EDA’s implementation plans. Sign up for the EDA newsletter and follow EDA on social media: InstagramTwitterLinkedInFacebook and YouTube.
  • 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.