CBAC Grant Opportunities

The core of our mission is to support the professional development and promote the artist endeavors of the arts community within the greater Chequamegon Bay area. 

We offer multiple grant opportunities each year, which include:

  • Annual Arts Initiative Grant
  • Annual Artistic Development Grant
  • Annual College Arts Scholarship

Grant Details & Applications

Full details on each of this year’s grant opportunities are listed below.

Arts Initiative Grant

Arts Initiative Grants fund project based activities such as public exhibitions, performances, publications, touring productions, commissioned art and educational activities. Artistic disciplines include dance, theater, music, folk arts, literary arts, video, film and visual arts.

Arts Initiative grants include a new category – the Jim Ramsdell Soaring Spirit Fund. These funds are intended for Arts Initiative grant applications that are… “dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of the natural world around us and fostering a reverence for all its creatures.” (Jim Ramsdell). These funds were made available as a memorial for Jim to further his work.​

Artistic Development Grant

The purpose of this grant is to promote ongoing learning and to encourage area residents to further their artistic abilities for reasons of personal growth and enhanced community artistic excellence.

​ Any professional, amateur or student artist residing in Ashland or Bayfield County is eligible to apply. ​

College Arts Scholarship

The Chequamegon Bay Arts Council is pleased to announce the availability of college scholarships.

The purpose of these scholarships is to acknowledge the past accomplishment and future promise of high school graduates who will enter a field of study leading to a career in the arts.​

December 1, 2021 - Applications available
February 14, 2022  - Applications due
March 18, 2022 - Grant awards announced

Who Can Apply?

  • An individual or organization residing in Ashland or Bayfield County.
  • An artist whose proposed project primarily serves or is related to the residents of Ashland or Bayfield County.
  • All projects must include a public component that is open to the public and will draw visibility to the artists’ work. Closed or private art functions cannot be funded.
  • Individuals or organizations that have received funding in any previous year and did not file final reports are not eligible

What Are the Funding Opportunities?

  • An Arts Initiative Grant request can range from $250 to $3,000. Total available funding is $15,000.
  • Soaring Spirit grants range from $250 to $2,000.  Total available funding is $2,000.

April 1, 2021 - Applications available

May 1, 2021 - Applications due

May 14, 2021 - Grant awards announced

Grant Amounts and Eligibility

 

Any professional, amateur or student artist residing in Ashland or Bayfield County is eligible to apply. 

 

Eligible continuing education or development opportunities in the field of visual, performing or literary arts include:

Short-term courses pertaining to an artistic field of interest.  Short term is defined as fewer than 15 class sessions.

Workshops and art/music/literary camps.  

Well-defined individual research projects of an artistic nature.

 

A total of $1,500 will be awarded through the CBAC Artistic Development grant process. CBAC will fund a maximum of 50% of any proposal based on allowable expenses. Based on funding availability and evaluation of stated criteria, CBAC may fund less than 50% of a proposal.  

 

Individuals or non-profit organizations that have received funding in any previous year and have not filed their final reports are ineligible.

April 1, 2021 - Applications available

May 1, 2021 - Applications due

May 14, 2021 - Grant awards announced

Grant Amounts and Eligibility

 

Any professional, amateur or student artist residing in Ashland or Bayfield County is eligible to apply. 

 

Eligible continuing education or development opportunities in the field of visual, performing or literary arts include:

Short-term courses pertaining to an artistic field of interest.  Short term is defined as fewer than 15 class sessions.

Workshops and art/music/literary camps.  

Well-defined individual research projects of an artistic nature.

 

A total of $1,500 will be awarded through the CBAC Artistic Development grant process. CBAC will fund a maximum of 50% of any proposal based on allowable expenses. Based on funding availability and evaluation of stated criteria, CBAC may fund less than 50% of a proposal.  

 

Individuals or non-profit organizations that have received funding in any previous year and have not filed their final reports are ineligible.

Need Assistance?

If you have any questions about current grant opportunities, and/or need assistance completing your application, please contact Chris Lindsey, the CBAC grant coordinator.

CBAC serves as a regranting organization for funds received through the Wisconsin Arts Board (WAB). The grant programs are funded by a $7,000 award from the WAB, which also requires a $7,000 local match before the organization  distributes $14,000 to local artists and organizations through its annual grant process.