Valley Arts Initiative

The Valley Arts Initiative online application is now open; to begin the application process, please click here.  The applications must be submitted by the end of the day on February 10, 2019; funding decisions will be made in April

The St. Croix Valley Foundation’s Valley Arts Initiative is built on a combination of public funds and private contributions.  Past support of this worthwhile program has come from the Wisconsin Arts Board, individuals in the region interested in the arts, and funding from the Hugh J. Andersen Foundation.


The Valley Arts Initiative is a grant program designed to increase public understanding of and access to artistic activities of local organizations. Each year the SCVF receives a Wisconsin Arts Board award and matches this award with funds from foundations or individual donors. In recognition of the rich variety of St. Croix Valley arts activity, proposals are accepted in the following categories:

1) Arts with a Public Impact Grants

Bring a wider audience to understanding, experiencing or appreciating an artistic or cultural experience. We seek to support arts activities that reach beyond the presenting organization and artists, bringing the benefits of high-quality arts experiences to a continually larger portion of the St. Croix Valley.

2) Arts in Healthcare and Social Service Grants

Recognize the power of the arts for serving patients and clients of health care and social service organizations.


Grant funds must be used for artistic activity that occurs within or benefits the St. Croix Valley, to organizations located in Washington and Chisago counties in Minnesota and Pierce, Polk, Burnett, and St. Croix counties in Wisconsin. The applicant must be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Applicants may also designate a 501(c)(3) organization as a fiscal sponsor. Applicants must also have no outstanding final reports due to the SCVF for previous arts grants. In addition, the Wisconsin Arts Board has three requirements, which apply to applications in the “Arts for a Public Audience” (I) and “Arts in Healthcare and Social Service” (II) categories: 1) Cash Match. Applicants must match the amount requested with cash or in-kind contributions. Of this match, 50% must be cash. For example, if an applicant requests $1,000, applicants must show a $1,000 match of which $500 is cash coming from ticket sales, other grants or individual contributions. 2) Public Service Activity. A funded project must perform a public service activity such as a concert, exhibition, etc. The activity must be: a) announced to the entire community; and b) held in a setting accessible to persons with disabilities. An admission fee can be charged. 3) Applicants may not use funds from the arts board as part of their matching contribution.

Grant Range

Grants range from $250 up to $5,000. Proposals may be awarded partial funding.

Eligible Expenses

Grant funds must be expended within one year from the date of the award. Grants cannot be used for uniforms or for expenses already incurred by the applicant.