5/8 update – new deadline + funding option

Many of the things that typically give us joy and comfort are suddenly beyond our reach. Theaters are dark, museums are shuttered, and concerts have been cancelled. Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, local arts and cultural organizations have the option to apply for a grant to support programming as in past years OR apply for COVID-19 relief funding. Agencies CANNOT apply for both types of funding. Applications for either type of funding are due May 31, 2020.

COVID-19 Relief Funding can be used to support operating expenses from July 1 through December 31, 2020, and is limited to organizations:

  • Based in Winnebago County, Waushara County, Green Lake County, or the city of Ripon. Organizations that may serve but are not physically located in this geography are not eligible.
  • Whose primary purpose is to promote appreciation for, enjoyment of, or understanding of the visual, performing, folk, and/or media arts. Organizations with broader missions that offer arts programming in addition to other programming are not eligible.
  • That have received a Community Arts grant from the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation in the last three years.

If your organization has not already done so, we encourage you to consider applying for an emergency loan through the Payroll Protection Act. Also, the Wisconsin Arts Board website has compiled a list of emergency funds for artists and arts organizations.


To support the creation and presentation of arts in our community.
Geographic scope: Winnebago County, Waushara County, Green Lake County, or the city of Ripon
Range of grantmaking: Grant awards are typically less than $5,000
Grant application deadline: May 31, 2020
Grant decisions: July
Contact: Amy Putzer, [email protected] or 920-426-3993


Participation in arts and cultural activities enriches the lives of individuals, promotes interaction among residents, provides opportunities to deepen learning, and builds community across groups with diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.

In order to support local arts programming, the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation annually applies for funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board. All funds received are matched with local community donations to the Fund for the Arts, and then re-granted to established arts organizations or nonprofit groups with an innovative arts program.

GRANT GUIDELINES (to support programming)

The Community Foundation is looking for projects that stimulate creative and innovative arts programming in our community. Proposed projects can be any artistic discipline or combination of artistic media. Priority will be given to innovative arts-related collaborations between arts groups, artists, venues, community groups, or area residents.

Eligible grant proposals will:

  • Enhance local arts programming and arts educational opportunities.
  • Involve an activity that is open to the public such as an exhibition, a performance, a workshop, a residency, a lecture/demonstration, or a publication. A fee for admission or publication may be charged.
  • Not request grant funding exceeding 50% of the total project costs.

Examples of eligible activities include, but are not limited to:

  • A theater presents multiple productions and educational programming throughout the year including residencies.
  • A museum or gallery holds an exhibition or community arts event.
  • A performing arts organization presents a dance, music, or theater performance.
  • A community nonprofit group coordinates an arts-based community celebration, festival, or concert.
  • A university department offers an annual art film and video festival for community and university audiences.
  • A literary organization presents a series of poetry readings, a books festival, and/or produces a literary journal featuring local poets.

The following activities are not currently supported by Community Arts Grants:

  • Grants to individual artists.
  • Events or performances that serve primarily as fundraisers for an organization.
  • Travel costs for projects or performances that occur outside of the greater Oshkosh area.
  • Hospitality expenses, i.e. entertainment, refreshments or food at receptions, parties or gallery openings. (These may appear in your project budget but cannot be funded by Community Arts grant dollars.)
  • Activities that have a religious purpose


Grant Awards – Spring 2019
Grant Awards – Spring 2018
Grant Awards – Spring 2017


Grantees are required to complete a final report, account for all funds, and evaluate and report on the effectiveness of the project. At least two digital images should accompany the final report. Copies of promotional materials are no longer required as part of the grant reporting process.

Community Arts Grant Final Report Form


Contact Amy Putzer, Director of Programs, at 920-426-3993 if you are unsure whether your proposal meets the grant guidelines.

Submit an online grant application form for ONE of the following types of support:

  1. Funding to support programming. Applications must include a budget worksheet.  If you do not have Microsoft Excel, please use Google Sheets to complete the budget worksheet.
  2. COVID-19 Relief Funding. Applications must include an operating budget and a 2020 programming schedule.