Grants Opportunities

  • Wausau Community Theatre - "The King and I"

  • Wausau Community Theatre - "Jesus Christ Superstar"

  • UWMC Fine Arts - Textile artist residency

  • River Valley Jazz Festival

  • Wausau River District - First Thursdays

  • Mosinee Community Theatre - Prairie Fire Children's Theatre residency

  • Performing Arts Foundation - Alpin Hong residency

  • Mosinee Community Theatre - "Crazy for You"

  • Good News Project - Caribbean percussion workshop

  • DC Everest Schools - River City Rhapsody music camp

  • Edgar School District - "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown"

  • Everest Academy for the Arts - Vocal Jazz Camp

  • Central Wisconsin Children's Theatre -
    The Penguin Project

  • Edgar Fine Arts / John Muir, University of the Wilderness

  • South Beach Chamber Orchestra /
    South Beach Up North

  • Wausau Lyric Choir /Christmas Traditions Old and New

  • Wausau Conservatory of Music / Strings Camp

  • Very Special Arts Wisconsin / Artists Residency

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Community Arts Grants


Grant Program Background

The Community Arts Regranting Program of the Wisconsin Arts Board encourages local cooperation and expansion of arts opportunities throughout the state. The Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin is the recipient of a state grant through the Wisconsin Arts Board. Those funds are supplemented with a grant from the Community Foundation's Wausau•Marathon County Fund, and the B.A. and Esther Greenheck Foundation. They are being invested back into the community for local agencies to implement quality arts programming. 

Complete listings of grants awarded in the past several years can be downloaded to the right.

Grant Guidelines

Application deadline is April 15. We will consider proposals from established arts organizations or any nonprofit group with an innovative arts program that will benefit our area. Proposals are scored by the review panel in the following categories: 

  • Quality and Artistic Merit of the project
  • Uniqueness of the Arts Experience - provides for expansion of the arts; not a duplication of services
  • Community Need, Outreach, and Impact of the project

All applicants will be invited to attend the Open Meeting Panel Review in May.

The following criteria must be met:

  • The project must be an arts or art-related activity, defined broadly
  • There must be a public component to the program
  • The sponsoring organization must be a nonprofit entity
  • Each organization is allowed to submit one application annually
  • The grant request cannot exceed 50% of the total project costs
  • Maximum grant awards are $5,000
  • Projects must be completed by June 30, 2020

The Wisconsin Arts Board, the B.A .& Esther Greenheck Foundation, and the Community Foundation must be recognized in all publicity if a project is funded. Failure to do so could jeopardize funding received. Grant recipients are also required to submit a final grant report within one year of the grant award or 60 days of completion of the project.

Further assistance in the application process is available by contacting Sue Nelson (, Program Manager, at the Community Foundation office.

Upcoming Community Arts Grants Events

Center Stage Band & Show Choir: $3,500
Annual production at the Grand Theater, September 28-30, 2017

Central Wisconsin Children's Theatre: $3,500
"Mulan: Families and Folktales," site and date to be determined (February 2018) 

Community Ballet: $1,500
Student performance at DCE Senior High Auditorium, May 3, 2018

D.C. Everest Area School Districts: $3,500
Cabaret format performance by students and instructors in the DCE Senior High Auditorium, July 20, 2017 

Edgar School District: $1,500
"Cinderella" ... Missoula Children's Theatre, performance March 9, 2018, at the Edgar School Auditorium

Hmong American Center: $3,500
First Annual Hmong Wausau Festival, July 29-30, 2017, at the Eastbay Sports Complex 

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum: $3,500
Mary Fons residency at the Museum, January 19-21, 2018, featuring contemporary American quilting 

Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps: $3,500
Northwoods Encore Drum & Bugle Corps Show at DCE's Stiehm Stadium on July 6, at 7 p.m.

Mosinee Community Theatre: $3,500
"The Drowsy Chaperone," Creske Auditorium, July 26-29, 2017

Opera for the Young: $1,500
"Rusalka: A Mermaid's Tale," performed at two area elementary schools; dates to be determined

Performing Arts Foundation: $3,500
Public performances throughout the 2017-18 season, October 2017 - May 2018

Proud Theatre: $1,550
Season Finale Show - best of the season - June 1-2, 2018  

River Valley Jazz: $2,000
Summer Jazz Festival at Bull Falls Brewery, July 28-29, 2017

School District of Marathon: $3,500
Navy Brass Quintet and Wisconsin Singers performances at Marathon High School; dates and times to be determined

South Beach Chamber Ensemble: $785
"South Beach Up North" chamber concerts performed at various venues and times, July 19-29, 2018

UW-Marathon County: $3,500
"Spring Awakening," performed in the UWMC Theater, April of 2018

VSA Wisconsin: $2,500
Vet's Art Studio - date, time, and location to be determined

Wausau Community Theatre: $2,520
"1776" performances at the Grand Theater, November 2-4, 2017

Wausau Conservatory of Music: $785
2018 Music Summer Camps

Wausau Festival of Arts: $3,500
Annual visual and performing arts festival in downtown Wausau, September 9-10, 2017

Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art: $3,500
Alyssa Monks residency and juried art exhibition, October 4-6, 2017, at the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art

Wausau River District: $3,000
Development of mural art in downtown Wausau for public viewing

Wausau West High School: $785
Wisconsin Singers residency and public performance, November 18, 2017