The Milwaukee Arts Board (MAB) Grant Program’s primary objective is to bring accessibility and enjoyment of the arts to the citizens of our culturally diverse city. We do this by essentially “purchasing” arts programming and arts education from Milwaukee’s eligible arts organizations. As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, we are suspending our usual Project Grant program for a second year and are continuing the sustaining grant program. By so doing, we hope to provide a measure of financial support to our vibrant and exciting arts community. The MAB promotes the formation and growth of artistic projects or programs that are administered by and responsive to the needs of Milwaukee’s racial and ethnic minority communities.
The Milwaukee Arts Board was established in 1990. Its members are appointed by the Mayor and approved by the Common Council. Funding is provided through the Department of City Development and the Council with additional support from the Wisconsin Arts Board. MAB meetings are scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month and all meetings are open to the public.
You are eligible to apply if you have received and successfully carried out a MAB Project Grant between years 2016-2019 and/or if you are a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization (for at least 2 years as of the application deadline date) with a physical administrative office located in the City of Milwaukee* that has as its sole mission the presentation and/or production of art or arts programming.
The Milwaukee Arts Board also will consider applications from groups that have received and successfully carried out a MAB Project Grant within the last 4 years (2016-2019) AND are nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations (for at least 2 years) with physical administrative offices located in the City of Milwaukee* that have a unit with the sole mission of the public presentation and/or production of art or arts programming for the larger community. The unit should be a discrete entity with a governing board, mission statement and budget.If you received a 2020 sustaining grant, you must have already submitted your 2020 Interim Report.
You are not eligible to apply if you are an individual artist, government agency, or publicly-funded educational institution. Organizations may not use a fiscal agent for the purpose of this application.
*Organizational addresses with Post Office boxes will not be accepted as evidence of City of Milwaukee residency.
Only one application per eligible organization will be considered. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you need a paper copy application or for technical assistance with your application.
In any calendar year an arts organization may only apply to the New Work Fund or to the Project Grant/Sustaining Fund Program.
No cash match is required for this grant.
The grant period is June 1, 2021 to May 31, 2022.
Each application will be reviewed by staff with a panel of Milwaukee Arts Board members appointed by the Chair. Lobbying efforts are not considered and such efforts are strongly discouraged.
What MAB is Able to Support:
What MAB Is Not Able to Support:
Application deadline: 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 8, 2021
Use the checklist at the beginning of the application form. If all materials are not submitted, the application may be deemed incomplete. Late, ineligible and incomplete applications will be returned.
Up to March 8: Staff will be happy to provide assistance. Contact email@example.com
Mid March—End of April: Panel reviews the applications for recommendation to the full board.
May 11: The Milwaukee Arts Board considers the panel recommendations and determines the final grant awards.
January 31, 2022: Year 2021 grant recipients must file a six-month interim report.
June 30, 2022: Final reports for 2021 grants must be filed documenting the precise expenditure and receipt of funds along with (if possible) project photos and samples of programs and promotional material with MAB acknowledgment.
Questions on Interim and Final Reports should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Failure to file six-month interim reports and final reports will eliminate applicants from consideration for future funding.
The amount of the grant is determined by the number of eligible applicants. All eligible applicants will receive the same amount. Grant payment (50% of awarded amount) is made approximately six weeks after the receipt of 2021 signed contracts. Funding will not be available before July 1, 2021.
Final grant payment (50% of awarded amount) is made following receipt of a signed Interim Report due January 31, 2022. The MAB reserves the right to withhold final payment if the organization is no longer operating as of that date, or if the organization has moved out of the City of Milwaukee. A final report is due by June 30, 2022.
Conflict of Interest
Members of the Milwaukee Arts Board intend to avoid all conflicts of interest or any appearance of conflict of interest and are required by law to comply with the State of Wisconsin Statutes, Chapter 19, Sub-chapter III and the City of Milwaukee Chapter 303 Code of Ethics. Copies of statutes, ordinance and complete Conflict of Interest Policy are available by emailing: email@example.com
Appeals and Extensions
Applicants may appeal grant decisions under the following limited circumstances:
a) A procedural error has been made in handling the application; or
b) The Conflict of Interest Policy has been violated by a member of the Milwaukee Arts Board, the panel or the staff. All appeals shall be made in writing within 30 days after the announcement of the grant awards to Milwaukee Arts Board, Chairperson, 809 North Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202.
Extensions of the grant period will be permitted only under special circumstances.
Grant recipients sign a contract with the City of Milwaukee to spend grant funds as described in their grant application for allowable expenses.
Organizations must alert the MAB to any change in the organization’s official address that may affect residency in the City of Milwaukee.
Public Presentation Requirement
The public presentation requirement is waived for this sustaining grant only.
Organizational AssurancesThe Applicant Hereby Assures That:1) The activities and services for which grant assistance is sought will be administered by or under the supervision of the Applicant Organization(s).
2) A. It will comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964(42 U.S.C. 2000d et seq.); Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (229 U.S.C. 79u); the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (42 U.S.C. 6101 et seq.); where applicable; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. 1681 et seq.) The Applicant Hereby Gives Assurance that it immediately will take any measures necessary to comply. B. It will comply with Section 5(j) of the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 954(j)). Section 5(j) provides that: (a) All professional performers and related or supporting professional personnel employed on projects or productions which are financed in whole or in part under this grant will be paid, without subsequent deduction or rebate on any account, not less than the minimum compensation for persons employed in similar activities; and (b) No part of any project or production which is financed in whole or in part under this grant will be performed or engaged in under working conditions which are unsanitary or hazardous or dangerous to the health and safety of the employees engaged in such project or production. Compliance with the safety and sanitary laws of the State of Wisconsin shall be prima facie evidence of compliance. C. It will comply with the Laws of 1981, Chapter 112, of the State of Wisconsin, which requires agencies not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of age, race, religion, color, disability, sex, physical condition, developmental disability as defined in 5. 51.05(5), sexual orientation, or national origin. These laws place specific obligations for affirmative action upon grant recipients of the State. The organization Hereby Gives Assurance that it will immediately take any measures necessary to comply.
3) The filing of this application has been authorized by the governing board of the Applicant organization.
4) Funds received as a result of this application will be expended solely on the described projects and as represented.
5) The figures, facts, and representations made in this application, including all exhibits and attachments, are true and correct to the best of the Applicant’s knowledge and belief.
This assurance is given in connection with any and all financial assistance received from the Milwaukee Arts Board after the date this form is signed. The Applicant recognizes and agrees that any such assistance will be extended in reliance on the representations and agreements made in the assurance, and that the City of Milwaukee shall have the right to seek judicial enforcement for this assurance. The assurance is binding on the Applicant, its successors, transferees, and on the official whose signature appears below.
I certify that the information contained in this application is, to the best of my knowledge, true and correct.Please submit the following in pdf form in the box below:
Board Officer’s Signature (President, Vice President, Secretary or Treasurer, not paid staff)
Board Officer signature:
Print name and Board title: