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Now Accepting Applications: 2024-25 GIG Fund

​​A dancer wearing a cropped tank top and long flowy pants, on a stage with draped fabrics, disco balls, and colorful projections covering the walls.​
Photo Credit: Rhys Bakulinski
​​Choreography accompanying Jennifer Cronin's visual art piece "There is Still Magic Here," presented by Still Inspired in Chicago, IL.​

Does your Midwestern nonprofit want to present performing and visual arts activities between September 2024—May 2025? If so, consider applying for a GIG Fund grant!

Arts Midwest is now accepting applications for the 2024-2025 cycle of 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 September 2024 to May 2025, 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? Explore recent GIG Fund grantees in our filterable database.
  • When: Intent to Apply is due May 23, 2024 (required). Applications are due June 12, 2024. Funded activities should take place between September 2024 and May 2025.
  • 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.

Key Dates + Deadlines

Intent to Apply (Required): May 23, 2024 @ 11:59 p.m. Central Time 

Application Deadline: June 12, 2024 @ 11:59 p.m. Central Time

Notification of Award Decisions: Late July 2024

GIG Fund Activities Take Place: September 1, 2024 – May 31, 2025

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Children point to bass instrument held by musician.
Photo Credit: Photo by Fran Dwight, courtesy of Relic

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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Two individuals painting a section of a mural on a brick wall
Photo Credit: Mary Anne Quiroz

Explore Past GIG Fund Projects

Want to see some of the projects supported by the GIG Fund in the past? Check out our filterable grantee database.

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Two people in yellow outfits perform outside in front of children and adults. They leap joyously through the air with smiles on their faces.
Photo Credit: Public Space One

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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