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GIG Fund

Now Accepting Applications.

The GIG Fund is a grant of up to $4,000 that supports Midwestern organizations that want to contract with a professional artist to offer activities to their community.

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About GIG Fund

The GIG Fund provides flexible grants for nonprofit organizations to support programs and activities featuring professional artists. GIG Fund grants help cover fees for touring or local artists. Funds may also be used for project costs such as accessibility accommodations and marketing. We work with a panel to help us review applications and distribute grants annually.

Arts Midwest is now accepting applications for the GIG Fund. Submit your Intent to Apply by September 21, 2023.

In December 2022, 100 organizations across the Midwest received a total of $400,000 through the GIG Fund. These awards are supporting creative projects and educational events in winter and spring 2023, helping organizations present artists in their community by offsetting the costs of programming and touring.

All grantees must review and adhere to the instructions detailed in the Crediting Requirements. Please use the NEA and Arts Midwest logo lockups below.

For social media posts related to your grant activities, please use the hashtag #artsmidwest.

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Compliances & accessibility

Assurance of Compliance: All funded engagements must comply fully with all federal statutes and regulations on the Assurance of Compliance.

Accessibility Tools

Visit our Accessibility Center to access tools that can help ensure your engagements are accessible to people with disabilities.

Final report

We typically require: in-person and online attendance information for funded activities, artist information, final budget with actuals, pictures or screenshots of funded activities (optional), documentation of award acknowledgments/promotion/publicity efforts, and anecdotal information from participants.

Arts Midwest will send you a Final Report form via email. If submitting this data electronically is not accessible to you, we can schedule a telephone conversation to collect it.

Final reports will include the following information:

  1. Your organization: Provide some basic information about your organization type and discipline.
  2. Artist information: Provide the name(s) of the artist(s) you presented/partnered with; the number of artists directly involved; activity type, project discipline, and goal of the project.
  3. Final Activity Schedule spreadsheet (upload): Date; location with the location’s address, city, state, zip+4, county; brief description, primary age, format (virtual or in-person) and attendance for each activity. Download the Final Activity Schedule.
  4. Population benefiting question #1: By your best estimate, what population (made up 25% or more) by race/ethnicity benefited directly from your activities? American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander, White, or No single race/ethnic group made up more than 25% (select one).
  5. Population benefiting question #2: By your best estimate, what population (made up 25% or more) by distinct group benefited directly from your activities? Adults or youths with disabilities; Individuals in institutions (including hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, assisted care facilities, correctional facilities, or homeless shelters); Individuals below the poverty line; Individuals with limited English proficiency; Military veterans or active duty personnel; or No single group made up more than 25% (select one).
  6. Population benefiting question #3: By your best estimate, what population (made up 25% or more) by age benefited directly from your activities? Children/youth; Young adults; Adults; Older Adults; or No single group made up more than 25% (select one).
  7. Engagement narrative #1: Description of the overall impact on your community, the audience, and participants. Provide details of how you reached people with limited access to the performing arts, and how they benefitted from their participation. (4,300 character limit)
  8. Engagement narrative #2: Provide quotes/feedback from at least two participants that demonstrate the value of this engagement. (1,600 character narrative)
  9. Final budget (upload): Provide details of the revenues and expenses for your engagement. Download the final budget spreadsheet.
  10. Crediting: (upload) You must submit a minimum of two examples of crediting. These can include programs, brochures, press releases, email newsletters, your website, and more.
  11. Images (upload): Submitting images of your engagement is highly recommended, but not required. If you are submitting images, you must fill out and upload the Image Permission & Usage form. Download the Image Permission & Usage form.

*Character count includes spaces.

The GIG Fund panel is a rotating group of individuals with diverse personal and professional experiences related to the arts and creativity. These panelists work with State Arts Agency staff to assess GIG Fund applications and provide input to help guide Arts Midwest’s grantmaking decisions.


The GIG Fund is a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, Indiana Arts Commission, Iowa Arts Council, Michigan Arts and Culture Council, Minnesota State Arts Board, North Dakota Council on the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, South Dakota Arts Council, and Wisconsin Arts Board.

Arts Midwest is also generously supported by 3M, Crane Group, and individual donors and partners.

Prepare Your Application & Apply

To give your organization the best chance of being chosen for a grant, be sure to follow the guidelines and submit your application on time. We’ve compiled a list of everything you need to succeed!

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Photo Credit: Simon Li

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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