Grants & Programs

Arts Midwest GIG Fund

Arts Midwest's Grow, Invest, Gather (GIG) Fund provides financial support to arts organizations for rebuilding and re-imagining creative engagement in their communities amidst the challenging uncertainty affecting all corners of the creative sector. Whether your organization is recovering, starting anew, or doing your best to hold steady, this flexible support opportunity will help you grow by investing in your capacity to gather your community to experience the power of creative expression together. Funds are intended for organizations to build their capacity by having multiple points of access to support presenting performing and visual artists of high artistic merit, virtually or in-person.

Application Details

Current Application Deadline: April 12; 11:59pm Central time

Who: Non-profit organizations located in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, or Wisconsin and the Native nations that share this geography.

What: Applicants must:

  1. Partner with a professional performing or visual artist/ensemble of high artistic excellence and merit.
  2. Gather the community via at least two activities featuring the artist/ensemble (in-person or virtually).
  3. For at least one activity, reach an audience with limited access to the arts.

When: Between July 1, 2022, and December 31, 2022

How much: Grant awards are $2,500. Determination of awards for each grant period is dependent upon available funds and demand within each state.

Applications for activities occurring between January 1, 2023 and June 30, 2023 will be due in early November 2022.

How to apply

  1. Read the guidelines.
  2. Secure or renew your organization’s registration prior to the application deadline. “Pending” registrations will be accepted at the time of application.
  3. Prepare your application.
  4. Complete and submit the application form by Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at 11:59pm Central time. Only one application will be accepted per organization.


Ellen DeYoung, grants specialist, 612.238.8028
Joshua Feist, director of grantmaking, 612.238.8054

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