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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 the first half of 2023? If so, consider applying for the GIG (Grow, Invest, Gather) Fund.

Demonstration of Hmong Flower Cloth-Paag Ntaub or Pa doa- (Needlework) during a Seasonal Saturday Arts Access day, Marine Art Museum, photo by Brenda Tran courtesy of Minnesota Marine Art Museum.

The GIG Fund supports creative projects and educational events in the Midwest, helping organizations present artists in their community and offset the costs of programming and touring. Organizations will now receive $4,000 from the GIG fund, an increase from the previous grant award of $2,500.

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 grant of $4,000 that helps organizations bring professional artists into their community
  • WHEN: Applications are due October 5, 2022, and funded projects must occur between January – June 2023.
  • WHERE: Nonprofit organizations, tribal communities, and local governments located in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin and the Native nations that share this geography can apply.
  • WHO: This funding is available to organizations looking to present at least two highly engaging activities featuring a professional artist. Additional funds are available for projects that present US-based Indigenous performing artists.


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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/artist that will lead workshops and perform for the general public in a work the non-company choreographer/artist created.
  • A library hosting a virtual author talk and writing workshop.
  • A presenting organization contracting with a theatre company to perform a company piece 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


Our team is here to help. Email [email protected]

Learn more about the Western Arts Alliance Advancing Indigenous Performance Fund at the Western Arts Alliance website.

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.