Arts Midwest: Grow, Invest, Gather (GIG) Fund

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Deadline: Oct 5, 2021 9:59pm PDT

Grant amount: US $2,500

Fields of work: Art & Culture Performing Arts Visual Arts Arts / Culture Access & Participation

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota Show all

Location of residency: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota Show all

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GIG Fund

Flexible support to help arts and culture organizations grow their capacity, fund artist engagements, and build community.

What is the 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.

Organizations can use these funds to support a project that engages performing, visual, multimedia, or literary artists. Artistic excellence and merit will be part of the application review.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Nonprofit, tax-exempt 501c3, U.S. organizations
  • Nonprofit colleges and universities
  • Federally recognized tribal communities
  • Units of state or local government
  • Applicants must:
    • Be in good standing with Arts Midwest, with no overdue or outstanding required reports and/or grant documents.
    • Be located in the Midwest region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, or Wisconsin and the Federally recognized Native nations that share this geography.
    • Be an organization that is capable of selecting and engaging professional artists to perform/display their work before general audiences as an ongoing and significant component of their organization’s activity.
    • Agree to acknowledge Arts Midwest and the National Endowment for the Arts in all programs and press materials related to funded engagements.
    • Have a valid DUN and Bradstreet number(found here).
    • Comply with Federal eligibility requirements (found here).


  • Ineligibility:
    • This opportunity is not open to organizations applying on a fiscal sponsorship basis.
    • For-profit business or organizations
    • Artists, ensembles, and artist’s agents


This page was last reviewed July 14, 2021 and last updated July 14, 2021