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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 Monday, May 3, 2021. Only one application will be accepted per organization.

The application form is currently unavailable as the deadline has passed. The next application for January – June 2022 projects will be available in Summer 2021.

Please note, there is an option to save and complete the application later, but we highly recommend you take advantage of the available application templates to prepare your responses in advance and complete the form in one sitting.

General information

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

Application Details

Please provide responses to the following questions.

Organization details (form fields)

Provide a brief summary of your organization’s mission and community engagement history.

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, indigenous, and people of color); immigrants and/or refugees, people with disabilities, or LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual) people.

Project summary (no more than two pages)

  1. What artist(s) do you plan to present/partner with? Describe their work. If artist(s) unknown or still being determined, provide a few options.
  2. Describe the proposed project activities involving the artist/ensemble keeping in mind the project requirements. (e.g. performance, workshops, talkbacks, residency)
  3. When will the project take place? (specific date(s) or month(s))
  4. How will you promote your activities to the general public?

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.

Activity accessibility description (no more than one page)

  1. What accommodations will you offer to ensure that your activities are accessible to individuals with disabilities?
  2. Describe how you will engage people with limited access to the arts in one or more of the following categories for at least one activity: historically underrepresented or marginalized people, youths, older adults, veterans or service members, individuals with disabilities, individuals in the justice system, economically disadvantaged, or geographic location. Select via checkboxes the categories of individuals you intend to serve.

Budget (use template provided)

Please describe the anticipated project expenses (must be equal or above $5,000), revenues (also must be $5,000 or higher).

View a sample budget

Indicate if you are requesting additional funds for accessibility expenses and the amount. (Additional requests must be matched and are subject to demand and availability.)

Capacity building (optional; no more than one page)

If you intend to use your grant for eligible expenses other than covering artist fees, provide a brief description of how you will invest those dollars in your staff or organization.

Reminder, eligible expenses may include: Artist fees, design fees for adaption of performance spaces, production fees, allocated time of staff salaries, technology to host virtual performances/exhibitions/workshops/classes, facility rental, equipment purchases for supporting artistic engagements ($5,000 or less), consultant fees, professional development for hosting socially distanced or virtual engagements, accessibility accommodations for individuals with disabilities or auto-immune conditions, market research costs, developing (re)opening promotional plans, etc.


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Contact Us

Ellen DeYoung, grants specialist, 612.238.8028
Joshua Feist, director of grantmaking, 612.238.8054

[email protected]

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.