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Grants and Funding

What types of funding support does Arts Midwest offer?

  • Arts Midwest’s Touring Fund supports performing arts touring in our nine-state region (IL, IN, IA, MI, MN, ND, OH, SD, and WI) through grants to presenting organizations (organizations that book performing artists) in our nine member states.
  • Arts Midwest offers Arts Midwest Conference registration scholarships to individuals representing non-profit presenting organizations located within our nine-state region (IL, IN, IA, MI, MN, ND, OH, SD, and WI) who demonstrate a need for assistance. Mid-America Arts Alliance offers Conference scholarships to organizations located within their region (AR, KS, NE, MO, OK, TX).
  • Arts Midwest administers national initiatives for the National Endowment for the Arts:

Do you offer grant assistance outside of your region?
No. Arts Midwest does not offer grants to individuals or organizations located outside of our nine-state region except through the national initiatives listed above. Interested parties should contact the regional arts organization that serves their home state.

Do you offer direct support (grants or fellowships) to performing, visual, or literary artists?
No. Arts Midwest does not offer direct support to artists. Artists should contact their state arts agency directly for further information on possible funding opportunities available to them at the state level.


What does Arts Midwest do?
Arts Midwest currently manages many programs and services within our region, as well as some national programs for leading national funders, such as the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information about current programs, please visit the Programs page.

About Arts Midwest

What is Arts Midwest?
Arts Midwest is a regional arts organization that promotes creativity, nurtures cultural leadership, and engages people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to Midwest communities and enriching people’s lives.

Read more about Arts Midwest’s mission and vision, staff, and board of directors.

What is a regional arts organization?
Regional arts organizations were created by state arts agencies and the National Endowment for the Arts in the 1970s in order to transcend state boundaries and give citizens access to a greater and richer variety of arts experiences. Learn more about regional arts organizations.

What is Arts Midwest’s region?
Arts Midwest serves audiences, arts organizations, and artists throughout our nine-state service region, which includes:

  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • South Dakota
  • Wisconsin

Through strategic alliances, key programs reach into Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, and beyond.

How is Arts Midwest funded?
Arts Midwest is a non-profit organization whose partners and investors include the National Endowment for the Arts, our nine member state arts agencies, and other governmental organizations, foundations and corporations, and individual supporters.