2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
June 2, 2017 - Introduced by Senators Harsdorf, Petrowski, Tiffany, Darling,
Hansen, Bewley, Wirch, Vinehout, Shilling, Olsen, Testin, Erpenbach and
L. Taylor, cosponsored by Representatives Petryk,
Ballweg, Berceau, Billings, E. Brooks, Doyle, Genrich, Krug, Kulp, Mason,
Meyers, Novak, Ohnstad, Ripp, Rohrkaste, Shankland, Sinicki, Snyder,
Swearingen and C. Taylor. Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Small
Business and Tourism.
1An Act to create
20.380 (3) (dm) and 41.567 of the statutes; relating to: creative
2economy development initiative grants and making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill creates a grant program administered by the Arts Board in the
Department of Tourism. The bill requires the Arts Board to award grants on a
competitive basis to businesses, whether operated for profit or not for profit, local
governmental agencies, and business development organizations or associations
that work to promote any of the following in Wisconsin:
1. Individuals or organizations whose products or services have an origin in
artistic, cultural, creative, or aesthetic content.
2. Job creation.
3. Economic development.
4. Arts education.
5. Workforce training and development.
Under the bill, such a grant may not exceed $40,000, and the bill prohibits the
Arts Board from awarding a grant unless the proposed grant recipient has secured
from nonstate sources an amount equal to at least twice the amount of the proposed
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
20.005 (3) (schedule) of the statutes: at the appropriate place, insert 2
the following amounts for the purposes indicated:
- See PDF for table
20.380 (3) (dm) of the statutes is created to read:
(dm) Creative economy development initiative grants.
As a 5
continuing appropriation, the amounts in the schedule for creative economy 6
development initiative grants under s. 41.567.
41.567 of the statutes is created to read:
841.567 Creative economy development initiative grants. (1)
In this 9
section, “creative industry" means any of the following whose products or services 10
have an origin in artistic, cultural, creative, or aesthetic content:
(a) An organization or business, whether operated for profit or not for profit.
(b) An individual.
From the appropriation under s. 20.380 (3) (dm), the board shall award 14
creative economy development initiative grants on a competitive basis to businesses, 15
whether operated for profit or not for profit, municipal and county government 16
agencies, and business development organizations or associations that work to 17
promote creative industries, job creation, arts education, workforce training and 18
development, or economic development in this state. A grant awarded under this 19
subsection may not exceed $40,000.
The board may not award a grant under sub. (2) unless the business, 2
governmental agency, or business development organization or association has 3
secured from nonstate sources an amount equal to at least twice the amount of the 4
(1) Effectiveness report.
The arts board shall develop a matrix to evaluate 7
the effectiveness of creative economy development initiative grants awarded under 8
section 41.567 of the statutes and shall submit a report on the effectiveness of the 9
creative economy development initiative grants, as determined using the matrix 10
developed under this subsection, to the joint committee on finance no later than May 11
This act takes effect on the day after publication, or on the 2nd day after 14
publication of the 2017 biennial budget act, whichever is later.