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Dane Arts

Short-Order Project Grants

Short-Order Project Grants support specific projects or programs that have a distinct budget, personnel, and timeframe spanning a relatively short duration, are focused upon a collection of activities directly related to one another, and are easily defined (e.g., an exhibition, concert, production, festival, residency, special activity, publication, event, series). Short-Order Grants have a simplified application tied to a smaller grant award than regular Project Grants.

The range of activities supported might include but are not limited to: architecture, design, culture, film, video, folk arts, history, literary arts, performing arts, visual arts. Short-Order Project grant opportunity details are described in WebGrants.

Eligible Applicants

  • Individuals at least 18-years-old
    • No more than two primary presenters may apply together. In cases where there are more than two presenters, the application must be submitted by an eligible organization
    • Degree-seeking students may not apply for grants that support projects directly related to their academic work
  • Nonprofit Organizations (with proof of 501(c)(3) status) 
  • Municipalities 
  • Schools and School Districts 
  • Non-county Government Agencies 
  • Qualified Designated Fiscal Receivers in Dane County for organizations without formal nonprofit status 
  • Fraternal organizations and faith communities whose projects/programs for which the grant is being requested do not promote religion or a specific religious doctrine 
  • Dane County residency required!

Additional Eligibility Notes

  • Applicants may not submit more than one Short-Order Project Grant Application per cycle. You must choose to apply to either the Short-Order Project Grant or the Project Grant, not both. 
  • Applications will not be considered from grantees that have not fulfilled obligations to Dane Arts under terms of prior grant awards.

Project Budget Requirements

  • The grant cannot make up more than 50% of the total project budget (the amount requested must be matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis, including earned income and cash contributions)
  • Budgets also may include in-kind contributions, e.g., donated space, materials and supplies, loaned equipment, donated professional services only, calculated on a local wage scale (non-professional volunteer time is not an acceptable in-kind service to be included in a budget). 
  • A budget error may disqualify an application. 
  • Dane Arts grants may not be matched by other Dane County tax dollars. 
  • A grant award in a lesser amount than what is requested by an applicant may be offered. 
  • A grant in any amount carries no commitment for future support by Dane Arts beyond terms of the project supported.

Dane Arts Short-Order Project Grants MAY be used for:

  • Project administrators hired specifically for the project
  • Honoraria and fees
  • Supplies and materials
  • Space rental
  • Marketing and promotions
  • In-county transportation

Dane Arts Short-Order Project Grants MAY NOT be used for:

  • Salaries for an organization’s artistic personnel and project administrators
  • General operating expenses
  • Development of school curriculum or teacher training
  • Capital expenditures, including the purchase of permanent equipment
  • Prizes
  • Tuition or scholarships
  • Food or refreshments
  • Deficits incurred from past activities
  • Direct fund raising or profit-making activities, or commercial ventures
  • Grants may not support or be focused upon administration, research, surveys, planning, and development exclusively