Public Art Conservation Fund Application and Guidelines

DEADLINE: Applications are considered on a rolling basis, as long as funds remain, in the order they are received. Review occurs at the monthly Public Art Subcommittee meetings which occur on the second Tuesday of each month. Applications must be submitted eight (8) business days before the Public Art Subcommittee meeting in order to be considered that month. All applications must be submitted electronically.

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To preserve that part of the city’s cultural and civic heritage embodied in its public art.


Works must be located in the City of Milwaukee and must be fully accessible to the public. Priority will be given to works of particular historical, cultural or aesthetic importance. Priority will also be given to projects with a well-formulated fundraising plan and evidence of fundraising success. Conservation plans must meet a high professional standard. The Milwaukee Arts Board is interested in funding projects throughout the City.

The MAB Public Art Conservation Fund will be disbursed in increments of $1,000 with no award greater than $5,000.

About us

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.

Organization Eligibility

Tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations are eligible to apply. Individuals or groups without tax-exempt status must use a fiscal receiver (a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization that agrees to receive and account for the funds) for their project, or must wait until the project is complete to submit bills for payment. Applicants may continue to reapply for the same project in the next cycle if they do not receive funding in a given cycle.

The current application must be submitted electronically through this form. The Public Art Subcommittee will make recommendations for funding to the full Arts Board. The amount requested may not represent more than 50% of total project expenses. In no case will the Milwaukee Arts Board provide more than 50% of the funds for a project.



For each successful applicant the Public Art Subcommittee will establish funding benchmarks. A final date for raising matching funds (based on the size of the project budget) will be enforced. Funds will not be released until a match has been verified. Fundraising progress reports MUST be submitted regularly. If projects fail to raise the required match within the stipulated time period, Milwaukee Arts Board funds will remain in the Public Art Conservation Fund to be used in future cycles for other projects.

Grantees will be expected to appear before the Milwaukee Arts Board to make a final report on their projects. A written report including an accounting of all money spent and raised, a summary of the conservation work done, and pictures of the completed work will be required.

If the Milwaukee Arts Board does not receive sufficient valid requests for funds, it can choose to hold funds over to the next cycle or apply funds to the conservation of public art works administered by the City. Disbursement of funds will be dependent on reaching benchmarks established at the time of the allocation and on submitting documentation of expenditures and funds raised.

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General Information

Organization Address:
Organization mailing address (if different from above):

Project Description

Project Budget

Expense Details *
 CostItemized description
1. Personnel (staff salaries, wages, and benefits)
2. Outside fees/services (consultants, fabricators and other restoration workers/organizations)
3. Materials
4. Transportation (if work or part of work needs to be moved from its current location)
5. Insurance & permits
6. Other costs
In-Kind Support *
 Itemized/DescriptionValue of In-Kind Support
8. Expenses covered by in-kind contributions
Income Details *
 Itemized/DescriptionTotal confirmed supportTotal unconfirmed support
10. Corporate Support
11. Foundation Support
12. Private Support
13. Federal Support
14. State Support
15. Local Government Support (excluding MAB funding)
16. Other Funding
In-Kind Support *
 Itemized/DescriptionValue of In-Kind Support
20. Costs covered by in-kind support

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