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 22, 2024
Grant decisions: June
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 applies annually for a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board, the state agency that nurtures creativity, cultivates expression, promotes the arts, supports the arts in education, and stimulates community and economic development. All funds received are matched with local community donations to the Fund for the Arts, and then re-granted to arts organizations or nonprofit groups with innovative arts programming.


Community Arts Grants support the creation and presentation of arts in our community. Proposed projects can be any artistic discipline or combination of artistic media. Priority will be given to proposals that align with one or more of the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates innovation and originality, such as introducing a new theme, focus, or concept.
  • Exhibits artistic excellence and quality in the proposed project or program.
  • Shows significant artistic impact, including considerations of diversity, audience engagement, and educational value.
  • Engages audiences who do not typically have access to or interact with the arts on a regular basis.
  • Facilitates collaboration among arts organizations, individual artists, venues, community groups, and local residents to enrich the cultural landscape of our community.

Eligible grant proposals will:

  • Enhance local arts programming and educational offerings within Winnebago County, Waushara County, Green Lake County, or the City of Ripon.
  • 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.
  • Ensure that all grant-supported activities are held in spaces that are accessible to everyone.

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.)
  • Payments for expenses incurred before grant approval.
  • Activities that have a religious purpose.
  • Activities held by organizations that discriminate on the grounds of race, color or national origin, or on the basis of age or sex.


Grant Awards 2023
Grant Awards 2022
Grant Awards 2021
Grant Awards 2020
Grant Awards 2019


IMPORTANT: The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation transitioned to a new and improved grants management system in January 2023. If your organization did not apply for a grant in 2023, you will need to select the Create New Account option when attempting to access the online grant application form. Your previous portal login information will not work in the new system.

  1. PREVIEW the grant application questions.
  2. Submit an online grant application form in the Community Foundation’s new grant portal before the application deadline. All applications MUST be submitted online.
  3. If requested, provide any additional supporting documentation after your application undergoes an initial review. Documentation might include your 501(c)(3) determination letter, Board of Directors list, organizational income statement or balance sheet, most recent IRS Form 990, etc.