Minnesota State Arts Board New Grant programs for FY2021

The Minnesota State Arts Board announces new grant programs for FY 2021


The ways that Minnesotans can participate in the arts, and the ways that artists and arts organizations can create, present, and teach the arts, has changed drastically due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To help artists and arts organizations sustain core activities and adapt to a new environment, the Arts Board will redirect its grant making this year, to provide more flexible support. The Arts Board will continue to offer its current Operating Support program, and will also offer three new programs:

  • MN CARES Act grants can be used to support salaried staff positions, fees for contracted artists or other self-employed workers, and facilities costs.
  • Creative Support for Individuals grants will help artists and culture bearers to sustain their practices and stay connected to their audiences, participants, students, or communities.
  • Creative Support for Organizations grants will help arts organizations support core activities and stay connected to their audiences, participants, students, or communities now and in the future.

For Individual Artists:

  • Program Overview and Application Instructions:

· http://www.arts.state.mn.us/pubs/pubs/fy2021-csi-overview-instructions.pdf

  • Informational Webinar (vimeo link):

· https://vimeo.com/444666292

  • Contact information:

· Rina or Sherrie, CreativeSupport-Individuals@arts.state.mn.us,

(651) 539-2670

For Arts Organizations:
501(c)(3) or unincorporated group

  • Program Overview and Application Instructions:

· http://www.arts.state.mn.us/pubs/pubs/fy2021-cso-overview-instructions.pdf

  • Informational Webinar (vimeo link):

· https://vimeo.com/444663761

Contact: Rina or Natalie at

CreativeSupport-organizations@arts.state.mn.us, (651) 539-2671

There are some common misunderstandings about perceived requirements or restrictions with regard to Arts Board programs that they’d like to clear up.

Do we have to have a full time employee? No. Anyone contracted or employed, PT or FT, permanent or temporary, as long as they’re providing oversight, is sufficient.

If I have a regional arts council operating grant am I ineligible? No. This makes no difference to the State Arts Board.

Do I have to come up with half the cash? No. There is no cash match required at all.

If there are any assumed restrictions, please let the State Arts Board help clarify so that they can ensure these dollars make it everywhere they should!

Summaries of the new programs are available here. More specific details, applications materials, and application deadlines will be posted on their website soon. Their priority groups are applicants from Greater MN, applicants of color, applicants who are indigenous or native, and applicants with disabilities/exist to serve people with disabilities. This is a great time to apply!