To preserve that part of the city’s cultural and civic heritage embodied in its public art.
Works must be located in the City of Milwaukee and must be fully accessible to the public. Priority will be given to works of particular historical, cultural or aesthetic importance. Priority will also be given to projects with a well-formulated fundraising plan and evidence of fundraising success. Conservation plans must meet a high professional standard. The Milwaukee Arts Board is interested in funding projects throughout the City.
Tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations are eligible. Individuals or groups without tax-exempt status must use a fiscal receiver (a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization that agrees to receive and account for the funds) for their project, or must wait until the project is complete to submit bills for payment. Applicants may continue to reapply for the same project in the next cycle if they do not receive funding in a given cycle.
The MAB Public Art Conservation Fund will make funds available every six months, releasing applications in July and January. Funds will be disbursed in increments of $1,000 with no award greater than $5,000.
The current application must be submitted no later than midnight on January 31, 2013. It must be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. A complete application package will include the application, the narrative, and up to 4 electronic images (no larger than 1 MB each). The Public Art Subcommittee will make recommendations for funding for this cycle to the full Arts Board for approval at the meeting scheduled for March 12, 2013. Funding decisions will be announced in late March. Up to $5,000 will be disbursed in this cycle. The amount requested may not represent more than 50% of total project expenses.
For each successful applicant, the Public Art Subcommittee will establish funding benchmarks and a final date for raising matching funds (based on the size of the project budget) will be enforced. Funds will not be released until a match has been verified. Fundraising progress reports MUST be submitted every 3 months. If projects fail to raise the required match within the stipulated time period, Milwaukee Arts Board funds will remain in the Public Art Conservation Fund to be used in future cycles for other projects.
Grantees will be expected to appear before the Milwaukee Arts Board to make a final report on their projects. A written report, including a full financial accounting and pictures, will be required.
DEADLINE: Must be submitted electronically no later than midnight, January 31, 2013
If the Milwaukee Arts Board does not receive sufficient valid requests for funds, it can choose to hold funds over to the next cycle or apply funds to the conservation of public art works administered by the City. Disbursement of funds will be dependent on reaching benchmarks established at the time of the allocation and on submitting documentation of expenditures and funds raised. If you have questions about the application or the process, contact Polly Morris, chair of the Public Art Subcommittee, at email@example.com.