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Information for Applicants

Application Deadline: October 5, 2022; 11:59pm Central time

Who: Non-profit organizations located in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, or Wisconsin and the Native nations that share this geography.

What: Applicants must:

  1. Contract with a professional performing or visual artist/ensemble of high artistic excellence and merit.
  2. Offer at least two activities featuring the professional artist(s) in an accessible facility/space.
  3. At least one activity must reach an audience with limited access to the arts.

When: Between January 1, 2023, and June 30, 2023

How much: Grant awards will be $4,000. Determination of awards for each grant period is dependent upon available funds and demand within each state.

For additional information, read our Frequently Asked Questions.

Watch an informational video by clicking here.

How to apply

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


Arts Midwest requests that all applicants apply online unless a disability prevents them from doing so.

Arts Midwest works to ensure that grant guidelines, presentations, and any other written materials are created with accessibility principles in mind. Additionally, we are happy to provide materials in Braille, Large Print, or other formats with advanced notice that varies according to format, from one week to on-demand, but even if the notice timeline has elapsed, we may still be able to accommodate the request.

Applicants with disabilities wishing to use other means to apply can work with Arts Midwest staff to adapt our typical processes to ensure you have equal opportunity to submit an application. Solutions we have previously implemented include filling out an adapted form in Microsoft Word and providing verbal responses that Arts Midwest will share via audio recording or transcription.

Contact us as early as possible at [email protected] to begin a conversation about how to make sure you have an equal opportunity to apply.

Visit our Accessibility Center, especially the Handbooks + Checklists section, for resources and tips on accessible events, venues, and platforms.

Application Assistance

15-minute consultations

Arts Midwest staff are available to help with your application. We can do some initial brainstorming/refining with you about ideas and will review application materials for eligibility and completeness. We are not able to help with reviewing content beyond eligibility. To schedule a meeting with a staff member, fill out the 15-minute consultation request form. (Available until September 29).

Sample applications

Review the following sample applications to get a sense of a well-formatted and detailed application.

En español

Favor contactarnos por medio de correo electrónico si tiene alguna pregunta o si necesita apoyo con el proceso de aplicación. Podemos conectarte con un mentor bilingue (espanol-ingles) para asistirte.
Contacto: [email protected]


Joshua Feist, director of grantmaking, 612.238.8054

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