Creative Support for
Organizations Grant Program
Creative Support for Organizations is designed to help arts organizations adapt to the changing environment caused by the global pandemic. Grantees will be able to use funds to support people and activities that will be needed to stay relevant and connected to audiences, participants, students, or communities now and in the future. This grant program aims to help Minnesota arts organizations maintain their financial sustainability and long-term viability by leveraging their creativity and connections to community.
Program overview and application instructions
FY 2021 Program Overview and Application Instructions — All applicants should read this document thoroughly before beginning online application.
Applicants may select either of the two deadlines for this program:
- Monday, August 24, 2020, before 4:30 p.m.
- Friday, September 11, 2020, before 4:30 p.m.
There is no advantage to apply to the first versus the second deadline. The likelihood of being funded is the same for applications submitted by either deadline.
Do you need assistance with the application process? Reach out to Mara at NWMAC at director@NWArtsCouncil.org or 218-745-8886. Don’t let your questions stand in the way of submitting an application.
When will funds be awarded?
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, starting as soon as possible after the deadline that they are received. The date funds are awarded will vary based on when the application is reviewed. The first round of awards will be approved at the October board meeting; grant contracts will be issued beginning in November 2020. Once awarded, grantees will have one year to use the funds.
Who can apply?
Carefully review the eligibility requirements in the Overview document.
Applicants may request between $5,000 – $15,000. No cash match is required.
Resources for applicants
Applicants are encouraged to view this informational webinar for additional information about the program.
If you have questions or need assistance
If you have questions about the content of the application form or narrative, please contact the program officer team:
If you have questions about the technical aspects of the application form, or questions about electronic submission, please contact:
Justine Pearson, WebGrants support
E-mail is preferred.
All staff can be reached toll-free at (800) 866-2787.
How to apply
All applicants are required to use the WebGrants system to apply and will submit all materials electronically. Registration is required of all applicants before beginning an application to any Arts Board program. It is only necessary to register once.
Two online tutorials are available to acquaint users with the WebGrants system:
- How to register as a WebGrants user: online tutorial, pdf version
- How to use WebGrants: online tutorial, pdf version