Grant Programs and Direct Purchases


The MAC currently offers funding throughour annual grants programs: ArtWORKS!, Project, Summer Concerts, Art in Public Places and BLINK. Artworks 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. Summer Concert Series grants provide support to organizations that coordinate a series of concerts that are free and accessible to the public. BLINK provides funding for temporary public art projects that are artist initiated.


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 ArtWORKS! 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.

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 arts organization, or a neighborhood association. Grants are awarded in amounts up to $3,000 and must be matched.

Congratulations to Project Grant Award Recipients

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.

Summer Concert Series

Enjoying free outdoor concerts all summer long is one of the highlights of living in Madison. MAC provides grants to organizations that coordinate or perform summer concert series scheduled between June 1 & September 30, in accessible, outdoor, public spaces, provided at no charge to the audience.

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: 10/09/2015