Grants: Get Started
Whether you are writing your first grant application or you are an experienced grant writer, we've outlined four steps to get you started.
Step 1: Determine Eligibility
If you are a first-time applicant or you are designing a different kind of project than you have in the past, it is extremely important that you first confirm whether the project is eligible for funding from Wisconsin Humanities.
An applicant must be a nonprofit organization. This includes historical societies, libraries, colleges, schools, civic organizations, or an ad hoc group with a nonprofit serving as fiscal sponsor.
Step 2: Grant Writing
All applicants are strongly encouraged to prepare before beginning the online application process. Please consult the Grant Application Instructions to understand all requirements. Consider writing your project description offline so you can copy-and-paste it into the online application. You may also want to download and fill out the forms so you are ready to upload them into the online application.
Additionally, you can request a review of your draft application from our Grant Program staff. Simply contact us at least three weeks before the grant deadline to ensure a thorough review of your draft BEFORE you hit ‘submit'.
Step 4: Submission
To start, you will create an organization identity for the Fiscal Sponsor Organization. This is the organization to whom the check will be written if you are awarded a grant. The Fiscal Sponsor Organization must have a DUNS number (see above).
If your organization is NOT able to receive funds on its own behalf, create an account using your Fiscal Sponsor’s information.
2. FILL IN THE APPLICATION
To apply, select the Major Grant round you want to apply to, then respond to all prompts and upload all forms. If you don’t see the round you are looking for, it is not yet ‘open’ in the system. Come back three months before the deadline.
3. SEEK REVIEW
If you want to have your draft reviewed, you need to do it before you click 'submit' on your application. Contact us to set up a review at least three weeks before the deadline.
When your application is ready click 'submit.' You need to do this before the deadline, 5 pm on the date the application is due.