Project Grants

City of Madison Concerts on the Rooftop-Transit Authority (A Tribute to Chicago)

City of Madison Concerts on the Rooftop-Transit Authority (A Tribute to Chicago), 2018

Project Grants support specific projects or programs that have a distinct budget, personnel, and timeframe spanning a relatively short duration, are focused upon a collection of activities directly related to one another and easily defined, e.g., an exhibition, concert, production, festival, residency, special activity, publication, event, series. Range of activities supported might include but are not limited to: architecture, design, culture, film, video, folk arts, history, literary arts, performing arts, visual arts. Project grant opportunity details are described in WebGrants.

Project Grant Opportunity Eligibility

Eligible Applicants

  • Individuals
  • Nonprofit Organizations (with proof of 501(c)(3) status)
  • Schools and School Districts
  • Non-county Government Agencies
  • Qualified Designated Fiscal Receivers in Dane County for organizations without formal nonprofit status
  • Fraternal organizations and faith communities whose projects/programs for which the grant is being requested do not promote religion or a particular religious doctrine
  • Dane County residency required

Additional Eligibility Considerations

  • Applicants may not submit more than two Project Grant Applications per cycle. (You must select either Short Order Project or Project – you may not submit one of each.)
  • Degree-seeking students may not apply for grants that support projects/programs directly related to their academic work.
  • Individuals are eligible if a proposed project/program involves no more than two primary individual presenters. In cases where there are more than two presenters, application must be submitted by an eligible organization.
  • Applications will not be considered from grantees that have not fulfilled obligations to Dane Arts under terms of prior grant awards.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time application is submitted.


Amount Requested

Project Grants have an upper limit grant award amount that may change from cycle to cycle. These amounts limits may change for each grant cycle and are announced in our WebGrants application system. Applications that include a grant amount request exceeding the upper limit will be ineligible for consideration and review.


Application Requirements

  • Dane Arts grants may account for no more than 50% of a total project budget.
  • The amount requested must be matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis. Application budgets must include earned income and/or cash contributions in fulfillment of the matching requirement.
  • Budgets also may include in-kind contributions, e.g., donated space, materials and supplies, loaned equipment, donated professional services only, calculated on a local wage scale (non-professional volunteer time is not an acceptable in-kind service to be included in a budget).
  • A budget error may disqualify an application.
  • Dane Arts grants may not be matched by other Dane County tax dollars.
  • A grant award in a lesser amount than what is requested by an applicant may be offered.
  • A grant in any amount carries no commitment for future support by Dane Arts beyond terms of the project supported.


Eligible Applications of Grant Award Dollars

  • Dane Arts Project grants MAY be used for:
    • Project administrators hired specifically for the project
    • Honoraria and fees
    • Supplies and materials
    • Space rental
    • Marketing and promotions
    • In-county transportation
  • Dane Arts Project grants MAY NOT be used for:
    • Salaries for an organization’s artistic personnel and project administrators
    • General operating expenses
    • Development of school curriculum or teacher training
    • Capital expenditures, including the purchase of permanent equipment
    • Prizes
    • Tuition or scholarships
    • Food or refreshments
    • Deficits incurred from past activities
    • Direct fund raising or profit-making activities, or commercial ventures
    • Grants may not support or be focused upon administration, research, surveys, planning and development exclusively