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 was the recipient of a $18,845 state grant in July of 2016. Those funds have been supplemented with a grant from the Community Foundation's Wausau•Marathon County Fund, and matched by the B.A. and Esther Greenheck Foundation. They are now 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: 

  • Community Need
  • Quality or Artistic Merit
  • Community Outreach and Impact
  • Feasibility and Accountability of the organization to fulfill the project goals

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 no more than two applications annually
  • The grant request cannot exceed 50% of the total project costs
  • Maximum grant awards are $3,500
  • Projects must be completed by June 30, 2019

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.

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

Upcoming Community Arts Grants Events

Blue Star Performing Arts for Youth: $2,523
River City Rhapsody Drum & Bugle Corps performances (July 2016)  

Center for the Visual Arts: $2,639
A Lofty Idea - Exhibitions in the Loft Gallery (through spring of 2017) 

Center for the Visual Arts: $2,026
"Ancestral Women" Exhibit (September 23 - November 12, 2016) 

Center Stage Band & Show Choir: $2,846
Annual Show Production at the Grand Theater (September 29-October 1, 2016)

Central Wisconsin Children's Theatre: $2,854
"Lights! Sound! Action!" (Summer of 2016) 

Central Wisconsin Children's Theatre: $2,633
"There's a Monster in My Closet" (February of 2017) 

Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra: $439
Public school presentations (2016-17 school year)

D.C. Everest, Newman, and Wausau Area School Districts: $1,434
Wausau Area Children's Choir Festival (Spring of 2017) 

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum: $2,741
Heavy as a Stone; Light as a Feather (November 8-13, 2016) 

Marathon County Historical Society: $1,430
Pieces of the Past: Quilts Tell a Story (May 2016 - May 2017) 

Mosinee Community Theatre: $2,738
"Disney's A Little Mermaid" at Creske Auditorium, Mosinee (July 21-24, 2016)

Mosinee Community Theatre: $1,741
"Gulliver's Travels" Missoula Children's Theatre, Creske Auditorium (April 1-2, 2017)

Opera for the Young: $937
"The Elixir of Love" school residencies (2016-17 school year)

Performing Arts Foundation: $2,246
Audience Development Series at the Grand Theater (Vocalocity, Oct 11, 2016; Sons of Serendip, Feb 17, 2017; Adam Trent, April 7, 2017)

Performing Arts Foundation: $2,240
World Music Series at the Grand Theater (Havana Cuba All Stars, Nov 2, 2016; Five Irish Tenors, Feb 13, 2017; The Young Irelanders, March 17, 2017)

Proud Theatre: $1,454
Season Finale Show (June 8-10, 2017)  

South Beach Chamber Ensemble: $2,636
South Beach Up North (Various venues and times, July 13-23, 2017)

Spencer School District: $846
Fall Community Musical (November 4-6, 2016)

UW-Marathon County Continuing Education: $1,233
Vocal Jazz Camp (July 22, 2017)

UW-Marathon County Music, Lecture & Fine Arts: $2,738
4th Annual Vocal Jazz Festival (April 20-21, 2017)

VSA Wisconsin: $1,555
Wausau School District artist residencies (2016-17 school year)

Wausau Community Theatre: $2,438
"Beauty and the Beast" performances at the Grand Theater (November 10-12, 2016)

Wausau Community Theatre: $1,436
"Fiddler on the Roof" performances at the Grand Theater (September 8-10, 2016)

Wausau Concert Band: $523
Community Concert at Stiehm Stadium (July 14, 2016)

Wausau Conservatory of Music: $2,441
Jazz Festival (Spring 2017)

Wausau Conservatory of Music: $2,743
Band and strings camps (June 23-30, 2017)

Wausau Events: $1,252
Concerts on the Square, 400 Block in downtown Wausau (Wednesdays June 22- Aug 24, 2016)

Wausau Events: $754
ChalkFest, 400 Block in downtown Wausau (July 6-10, 2016)

Wausau Festival of Arts: $2,550
Annual visual and performing arts festival in downtown Wausau (September 10-11, 2016)

Wausau River District: $1,031
First Thursdays, various performances and events in downtown Wausau on the first Thursday of the month (May - October 2016)

Wausau Symphony & Band: $1,122
Picnic at the Rothschild Pavilion (April 2017)

Wausau Symphony & Band: $930
Symphony Concert featuring American Guild of Organists (October 2016)

Wausau West High School: $1,637
Wisconsin Singers residency (November 19, 2016)

Wausau West High School: $1,944
Winter Concert (December 5-6, 2016)