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Now Accepting Applications: GIG Fund

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Does your Midwestern nonprofit want to present performing and visual arts activities between November 2023—June 2024? If so, you can apply for a GIG Fund grant.


Arts Midwest is now accepting applications for the GIG Fund. Through this grant, Midwestern organizations may request up to $4,000 to contract with a professional artist and offer activities to their community. If you’re part of a small to medium-sized Midwestern non-profit that wants to host performing and visual arts activities between November 2023 to June 2024, read on!

GIG Fund Overview

  • WHAT: The GIG Fund is a grant of $2,000 – $4,000 that helps organizations bring artists into their community. Curious about what kinds of projects have been funded as part of the GIG Fund? Gather inspiration from past projects.
  • WHEN: Intent to Apply is due September 21, 2023 (required). Applications are due October 3, 2023. Funded activities should take place between November 2023 and June 2024.
  • WHERE: Non-profit organizations located in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin and the Native nations that share this geography can apply.
  • WHO: This funding is available to non-profit and tribal organizations with a budget of $1 million or less looking to present at least two community activities featuring an artist.

Additional funds may be available for projects that present US-based Indigenous performing artists through our partnership with the Western Arts Alliance.

What’s New This Year?

For this application round, we’ve made a few important changes to the GIG Fund to help these grants reach as many communities across the Midwest as possible:

  1. 1

    We’re now offering a flexible grant award.

    Organizations can apply for any amount between $2,000 and $4,000.

  2. 2

    To apply for this round, your organizational budget must be below $1 million.

    The goal of the GIG Fund is to support small to mid-size organizations. We introduced this threshold for the current cycle after conversations with our state arts agencies about how we can ensure these funds support activities across our region.

  3. 3

    Priority will be given to organizations who have not received a GIG Fund award in the last two years.

    We are hoping to spread around the available grant dollars and support organizations that haven’t received funding recently.

Key Dates + Deadlines

Intent to Apply (Required): September 21, 2023 @ 11:59 p.m. Central Time 

Application Deadline: October 3, 2023 @ 11:59 p.m. Central Time

Notification of Award Decisions: Early November 2023

GIG Fund Activities Take Place: November 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024

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Read the Application Guidelines

Learn more about the GIG Fund, eligibility requirements, how to write your application, and how submit your application.

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Explore Past GIG Fund Projects

Want to see some of the projects supported by the GIG Fund in the past? Check out the 100 organizations funded in the last round of the program.

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Have questions about the GIG Fund?

We’re happy to answer any questions you have about the GIG Fund. Be sure to check out our FAQs, and if you’d like to talk to us, we’re just an email or a phone call away. 

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