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Prepare Your Application

  1. Read and understand the guidelines.
  2. Prepare your application by gathering the following information.
  3. Complete and submit the application form by Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at 11:59pm Central. Only one application will be accepted per organization.

Submit your application via this form. Please note, there is an option to save and complete the application later using a checkbox at the top or bottom of the form. Only one representative from your organization can work and submit the application.

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General information

Applicant’s legal name, mailing and physical address, contact person for details of engagement and official grant communications, organization website, organization phone, UEI (Unique Entity ID) number, and an EIN or TIN number.

Application Details

Please provide responses to the following questions.

Organization summary

1. Provide a brief summary of your organization’s mission and community engagement history with arts related programming in written (around 200 words) or audio format (2 minutes or less).

2. Select ‘yes’ or ‘no’: My organization is led by individuals from a group that has been historically underrepresented or marginalized. If yes, please describe.

Historically underrepresented or marginalized may include: BIPOC (Black, Native/Indigenous, and people of color); immigrants and/or refugees, individuals with disabilities, veterans, or LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual) people.

3. Please select the option that best describes your organization’s geographical area: Rural, suburban, or metropolitan (urban)

4. Provide your organization’s annual operating budget for your most recently completed fiscal year.

Artist summary

1. Provide a brief summary of your artist in written (around 300 words) or audio format (3 minutes or less).

a. What artist(s) do you plan to present/partner with? Describe their work.
b. Why have you chosen to partner with this artist or artists?
c. If artist(s) unknown or still being determined, provide a few options.

2. Select ‘yes’ or ‘no’: My organization plans to engage an artist(s) from a group that has been historically underrepresented or marginalized. If yes, please describe.

Historically underrepresented or marginalized artists may include: BIPOC (Black, Native/Indigenous, and people of color); immigrants and/or refugees, individuals with disabilities, veterans, or LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual) people.

Activity summary

1. In two or three plain sentences, explain your project.

2. Provide a brief description of your project in written (around 400 words; list format encouraged) or audio format (5 minutes or less).

a. Describe the two (or more) proposed project activities involving the artist/ensemble, including where and when they will take place. If exact dates are unknown, please provide a range of possible dates/months. Keep in mind the project requirements from the guidelines. (e.g. performance(s), workshops, talkbacks, exhibition).

3. Provide the project start and end dates (form fields).

Audience summary

1. Provide a brief summary of your intended audience and engagement in written (around 300 words; list format encouaraged) or audio format (5 minutes or less).

a. Describe how you will engage people with limited access to the arts for at least one activity. Groups with limited access may include, but are not limited to: historically underrepresented or marginalized people, youths, older adults, veterans, individuals with disabilities, individuals in the justice system, economically disadvantaged, or rural geographic locations.
b. Describe any existing relationships with the underserved audience(s) you hope to reach, whether the relationship is with individuals, partner organizations, community groups, etc. If this project will build new relationships, please describe your plans for outreach.
c. How will you ensure that all your events are accessible to individuals with disabilities? If you’re curious about making activities accessible, visit Arts Midwest Accessibility Center for resources.

Budget details

1. Project budget (use template provided)

a. Please describe the anticipated project expenses (must be equal to or above $8,000) and revenue (also must be $8,000 or higher).
b. Indicate whether additional grants and/or sponsorship revenues are pending or confirmed.
c. For guidance on eligible and ineligible grant expenses, please visit the “Grant Awards” section of the Guidelines page.
d. View a sample budget.


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Contact Us

Joshua Feist, director of grantmaking, 612.238.8054

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Arts Midwest provides, upon request and with a reasonable timeframe, alternative formats, auxiliary aids, and services necessary for all individuals to participate in all programs and services provided by our organization. For more information, contact Joshua Feist, Director of Grantmaking.