Grant Programs, Funding, and Direct Purchases

The MAC currently offers funding through our annual grants programs: Project Grants, Arts Education Grants, Legacy Grants, Individual Artist Fellowship Awards, Art in Public Places and BLINK. Arts Education Grants provide support to artists and educators for art programs directed at k-12 students. Project Grants provide support to individual and performing artists and non-profit groups for projects that enrich the arts and culture of Madison. Legacy Grants provide project support to organizations with a proven track record of quality continual projects. Individual Artist Fellowship Awards provide funds for original work from professional artists. Art in Public places supports community generated permanent public art projects. BLINK provides funding for temporary public art projects that are artist initiated.

Project Grant

The annual Project Grants will provide support for artists and non-profit arts organizations for arts projects, performances, exhibits or events that enrich the cultural lives of Madison's residents. Individuals and/or organizations can apply for only ONE Grant per funding year. When applying for a project grant, the applicant must choose to apply as an individual artist, an organization, or a neighborhood association. Grants are awarded in amounts up to $3,000 and must be matched.

Art Education Grants

The Madison Arts Commission, as part of its mission to make the arts accessible to all of Madison's citizens, is especially committed to making arts education possible for every child. Developing the arts and integrating them more fully into the lives of Madison communities is at the heart of the Art Education grant program. The goal of the grant is to support partnerships between individual artists or arts organizations and community groups for after-school arts based activities. This arts-based education should take place on a regularly scheduled basis, should serve a diverse, under-served student population composed of elementary and middle-school aged children, and should occur during non-school hours.

Congratulations to Project Grant Award Recipients

2015-2016 2010-2011
2014-2015 2009-2010
2013-2014 2008-2009
2012-2013 2007-2008


Updated guidelines and applications are available every year in mid-January. In February and March, MAC offers workshops and 1 on 1 clinics to assist new grant writers in crafting their proposals. The annual deadline for Project Grant applications is March 15.

BLINK Temporary Public Art Opportunities

BLINK is an opportunity for experimental, ad-hoc, temporary works of art to sprout up throughout the community and vanish leaving residents and visitors eager to see what is next. Madison neighborhoods and urban areas are open canvases. The possibilities for creations in open spaces, construction sites, and public parks provides a glimpse of how the world looks through an artist's eyes.

Artists present ideas for a temporary public art project that is modest in cost and is feasible, yet unique, bold and ambitious in impact. MAC reviews proposals and decides if they want to purchase it for the City's Blink program three times per year; Feb 1st, June 1st and October 1st.

Art in Public Places (AIPP)

Community-based proposals for permanent public art projects. This money can only be used on expenditures of $10,000 and more (including MAC funds) for projects that will last 10 or more years. A grant award of between $5,000 and $10,000 is available for the creation of a permanent public art project. MAC anticipates leveraging funding and community attention for up to three major public art projects in 2015 that have artistic merit and will make a positive, long-term impact on Madison.

Applicants must either be a recognized Madison neighborhood association, hold tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code (organized in the City of Madison), or be a City of Madison agency or its associated non-profit foundation or friends group. Individual artists or ad hoc groups of artists interested in applying must partner with a neighborhood association, nonprofit organization, or City agency.

Between $5,000 and $10,000 will be awarded for the project. Eligible expenses on which the grant funds can be spent include: materials, insurance, maintenance, artist design fees, artist commission fees, marketing, signage, and printing. (Please note: MAC Art in Public Places funds cannot be used to pay for: project staff salaries, food, beverages, travel, or permanent production equipment.) The Madison Arts Commission reserves the right to disqualify proposals that are incomplete or do not fit the spirit and intent of the guidelines. Email questions to the Madison Arts Program Administrator:

  • AIPP Grant Summary (PDF)
  • AIPP Grant RFP (MS Word) (includes guidelines and application)
  • Sample Contract (PDF) (Sample contracts are based on previous public art contracts entered into by the City. A similar custom contract will be developed for each unique Art in Public Places project.)
Last Updated: 03/15/2018



Annual Grant Program Guidelines
Annual Grant Program Application
BLINK Guidelines
BLINK Application

Grant Proposal Revision Report
List Project Evaluators
Project Evaluation Report
Final Report Form for Project

Disability Pride (A) Application and (B) Narrative

Sample Contract 1
Sample Contract 2

Grant Writing Workshops & Drop-in Assistance Clinics

MAC offers helpful introductory grant writing workshops & volunteer one-on-one drop in clinics at the Madison Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin Street. We also offer short phone/email consultations by appointment.

Monday, February 5, 2018 from 6:30pm-7:30pm (Register Here)

Friday, February 9, 2018 from 12:00-1:00pm (Register Here)

Thursday, March 8, 2018 5:30-7:30pm (drop in, no registration required)

Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 11am-1pm (drop in, no registration required)

Fifteen-minute, one-on-one sessions (available by appointment