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Now Accepting Applications: GIG Fund

Are you part of a Midwestern nonprofit organization that wants to present in-person or virtual activities with an artist in 2022? If so, consider applying for the GIG (Grow, Invest, Gather) Fund.

Students dance to the music of the Pine Travelers during a GIG Fund concert in Green Lake, WI. Photo by Ric Damm Photography..

The GIG Fund aims to support the arts throughout the Midwest by funding a variety of diverse performances across the region. Organizations must present performing or visual artists via at least two public events, which can be in-person or virtual.

If you feel like this would be a good fit for your organization, read on for more information!

GIG Fund Breakdown

  • WHAT: The GIG Fund is a flexible grant of $2,500 that helps organizations bring professional artists into their community.
  • WHEN: Applications are due April 12, 2022, and funded projects must occur between July – December 2022.
  • WHERE: Nonprofit organizations, tribal communities, and local governments located in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, or Wisconsin and the Native nations that share this geography can apply.
  • WHO: This funding is available to organizations looking to present two highly engaging activities featuring a professional artist. Additional funds are available for projects that present Indigenous performing artists and projects that include accessibility accommodations (including but not limited to: hiring an ASL interpreter or live captioning agency, aid equipment rental, translating documents). Visit our Accessibility Center for more ideas!


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What kinds of projects are eligible?

Examples of eligible GIG Fund projects include:

  • A community service organization offering stipends to artists towards the completion of a work of art or installation.
  • A music festival presenting a guest musician/band.
  • Dance companies hiring a non-company choreographer that will lead workshops and perform for the general public.
  • A library hosting a virtual author talk and writing workshop.
  • A presenting organization contracting with a theatre company to perform a play in their space and give an audience talkback.

Curious about what kinds of projects have been funded as part of the GIG Fund? Gather inspiration from past projects.

Watch an Informational Video

See previously funded projects
Learn more about the Western Arts Alliance Advancing Indigenous Performance Fund


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The GIG Fund is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from Arts Midwest’s nine-member state arts agencies.