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Dane Arts

Guidelines & Application



Projects supported by Dane Arts must:

  • Culminate tangible activities presented to the Dane County community that directly benefit Dane County citizens and residents
  • Be conducted in Dane County, Wisconsin
  • Allow universal public access to the project or program

*Dane Arts rarely provides primary financial support. Grants are designed to help leverage additional funds from other sources and foster applicants' success in securing diverse funding.

Review & Award Process

The Commission has a two-step review process that takes up to eight weeks:

  1. Panels of knowledgeable citizen advisors evaluate applications for Project Grants, Short-Order Project Grants, and Special Grants. The Commission always welcomes nominations of individuals possessing knowledge, experience and expertise to serve on grant advisory panels. The Commission's Executive Committee evaluates applications for Capital Grants.
  2. Commission members, using recommendations of the panelists and/or Executive Committee, ultimately make grant award decisions.

The following criteria are applied in the Dane Arts grant application review:

  • Quality and creativity of proposed project
  • Level of community impact and public benefit
  • Evidence of thorough and realistic financial planning
  • Ability of applicant to successfully complete project
  • Impact and influence of grant award to the overall success of project

*Announcement of grant award decisions are made by phone or email within a week of the Commission's grant review meeting. Grant award materials are mailed to applicants shortly thereafter. Grant terms are documented in a legal contract of agreement signed by a representative of Dane County and the grant recipient. If awarded a grant, a Certificate of Insurance providing proof of a comprehensive general liability insurance policy naming Dane County as an additional insured is required.

Listed below are model applications from 2021 Cycle II for your review as you begin your application:

Grant Review Criteria:


All applications are accessed and submitted via WebGrants. Full instructions for navigation and use of online grants system are provided within WebGrants, and can also be found in this Quick User Guide.

Free registration is required to use WebGrants. Registration is fast, simple, and does not obligate you to complete an application. Your information will not be used for any other purposes or shared with anyone else. If you submit grant applications on behalf of an organization or other entity, the account you create should represent the organization, not you personally (you will be considered the primary contact for organization). If you submit applications on behalf of several organizations, you will need to create an account for each organization you represent.

2023 Cycle 2 Grant Awards

$94,500 in grants were awarded to local arts organizations in Cycle 2, 2023. Read the press release here

Grant applications were divided among five panels and were reviewed this fall. Click on the links below to view the grant panel review recordings. To skip to a specific review, expand the description below the video by clicking "more." Click on the timestamp next to the review you wish to view.

Panel 1: Music, Arts in Education | Monday, September 18, 2023AGENDA / WATCH

Panel 2: Dance, Arts in Education, Local History | Wednesday, September 20, 2023 - AGENDA / WATCH

Panel 3: Visual Arts, Theater | Tuesday, September 26, 2023AGENDA / WATCH

Panel 4: Multidisciplinary | Wednesday, September 27, 2023AGENDA / WATCH

Panel 5: Music | Tuesday, October 3, 2023AGENDA / WATCH

Contact Augusta Brulla, Cultural Affairs Specialist, with any questions:
Phone: 608-283-1475

Questions? Please contact us!

Mark Fraire
(608) 266-5915