Category Archives: Grant Info

Grant Workshop in Roseau

Please attend the grant workshop in Roseau this Wednesday at 6:00 at the library conference room.  Minnesota State Arts Board staff will spend the majority of the time going through their grant programs.  Our NWMAC showcase specialist Therese Jacobson will be in attendance to go through our programs available and answer questions on how to showcase your work in our gallery in EGF.

Wednesday, May 18
Location: Roseau Public Library
Roseau City Center, Suite 100
121 Center Street East
Roseau, Minnesota 56751
Group session: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
The session will cover Arts Board grant opportunities for artists, arts organizations, schools, community organizations, and human and social service organizations.
Individual appointments with a program officer (30 minutes each)
Appointments are offered at 3:00, 3:30, 4:00, and 4:30 p.m.


The information sessions and individual appointments are open to the public and free of charge. Advance registration is not required, but is strongly encouraged.
Click on the location below to register for an information session:


Register for individual appointments (30 minutes each) by calling the Arts Board front desk:
(651) 215-1600
Toll free (800) 866-2787
MN Relay 7-1-1ual artists.  They can also answer questions on their variety of programs.


WORKSHOP: Teaching Artist Development Comes to TRF!

Teaching Artist Professional Development Workshop Comes to Thief River Falls

image003VSA Minnesota, in cooperation with the Northwest Service Cooperative, is pleased to announce a professional development workshop for teaching artists, arts specialists and general or special education teachers seeking to improve their skills in working with students across all abilities, especially students with special education needs.
Join us for the first of the 2016 Reaching All Learners workshops on Tuesday, March 22nd at:

Northwest Service Cooperative
114 First Street West, Thief River Falls, Minnesota

Attendees will:
*   Participate in active, arts-learning experiences designed to model ways to engage all students, especially students with special education needs.
*   Explore strategies, resources, and lesson designs using the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) that allow you to improve your skills in inclusive & welcoming learning situations and learn how to apply them to your own teaching practice.
*   Connect with VSA Minnesota and its Roster for Residency programs. Lori Brink, visual teaching artist, and one other teaching artist (arts background to be determined by composition of participating attendees) will lead interactive learning sessions followed by facilitated discussion and Q&A sessions.

Other workshop presenters will include:

*   Kursten Dubbels, Assistive Technology & UDL Specialist, Minnesota Dept. of Education
*   Barbara Hackett Cox, consultant in Arts & Education Program Design, Project Management, Facilitation & Collaboration
*   Craig Dunn, Executive Director, VSA Minnesota

Workshop Schedule:
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. including morning refreshments and lunch (Registration 9:00 AM)
Registration fee: $25
Attendees must pre-register by completing the Workshop Registration Form which is near the bottom of the Arts in Education Resources page. You can also learn more by emailing Craig Dunn at<> or calling 612-332-3888 or 800-801-3883.

VSA Minnesota is the state organization on arts and disability and its mission is to create a community where people with disabilities can learn through, participate in and access the arts.  It has been making the arts available and accessible to Minnesotans with disabilities since 1986.

Craig J. Dunn
Executive Director
VSA Minnesota
528 Hennepin Av  Suite 305
Minneapolis, MN   55403

Media Artists! McKnight Fellowship Opportunity!


016/17 McKnight Media Artist Fellowships
Administered by IFP Minnesota


( The McKnight Foundation’s Arts program is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the country. Established in 1981, the McKnight Artist Fellowships provide annual, unrestricted cash awards to outstanding mid-career Minnesota artists in ten areas. Eight arts organizations oversee the administration of the fellowships and structure their own programs to respond to the unique challenges of different creative disciplines.

The Arts program supports the conviction that the arts cannot flourish or enhance community life without the ideas, energy, and drive of individual artists, and that artists cannot make these contributions without unfettered creative time.

The goal of the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Media Artists program is to identify talented Minnesota media artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit and who are at a career stage beyond emerging. The fellowship program supports established artists by providing significant financial assistance, by creating opportunities to meet with local and national art professionals, by organizing a public discussion panel featuring the fellows, by providing assistance to attend the Film Independent Forum in Los Angeles and by offering four free classes through IFP Minnesota during the fellowship year.

For questions about the fellowships or the application process, contact Eric Mueller, Program Administrator, IFP MN, 651-644-1912,

Laura Jane Musser Fund Arts Initiative Grant Program

Laura Jane Musser Fund

Arts Initiative Grant Program

unnamed-2In recognition of Laura Jane Musser’s life-long commitment to excellence in the arts, and with awareness that pivotal and life-changing experience can occur for individuals through introduction to and participation in the arts, the Laura Jane Musser Fund hopes to encourage and excite a wider population to appreciate, learn, and participate in the arts.

The Musser Fund hopes to assist nonprofit arts organizations to develop, implement or sustain exceptional artistic opportunities for adults and children in the areas of literary, visual, music and performing arts.


  • Increase access to the arts through scholarships, hands-on activities, community venues, workshops, discounts and other innovations
  • Demonstrate capacity to engage their community in the creation of art
  • Demonstrate support from their community (through volunteerism, membership, in-kind, or other types of support)


  • Arts organizations that are physically located in rural communities with populations of less than 20,000
  • Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations
  • Organizations that  have been in existence for at least one year at the time of application


Arts organizations must be physically located in rural communities (population 20,000 or less) in the following geographic areas:

  • Colorado – All counties
  • Hawaii – All counties
  • Wyoming – All counties
  • Michigan – Alcona, Arenac, Berrien, Clare, Chippewa, Crawford, Genesee, Gladwin, Gogebic, Houghton, Ingham, Isabella,  Kalamazoo, Keweenaw, Lake, Luce, Mecosta, Missawkee, Montmorency, Muskegon, Oceana, Ogemaw, Osceola, Oscoda, Roscommin, Saginaw, and Van Buren Counties.
  • Minnesota – Aitkin, Becker, Cass, Clay, Clearwater, Hubbard, Itasca, Koochiching, Mahnomen, Todd, and Wadena Counties. 


  • Grants up to $10,000 per year
  • Applications are accepted for one year of funding at a time. It is possible for organizations to apply for and receive funding for up to three consecutive years. Grantees may not reapply for funding for at least one year after three consecutive years of funding.

Grantees that request second and third years of support will be asked to report on their progress toward the goals they articulated in their previous year’s application, especially in the following areas:

  • Increasing access to their services
  • Increasing their organizational sustainability
  • Increasing support from their community


  • Capital Campaigns
  • Arts Festivals and Conferences


The application process instructions and link are available on the Musser Fund website – Please carefully read all of the proposal packet requirements (as listed on the website) prior to submitting your proposal.

Proposals will be accepted online February 17 through March 17, 2016.

Funding decisions will be announced in July of 2016.


About Laura Jane Musser:

Laura Jane Musser Fund
Laure Jane Musser Photo Cred:

LAURA JANE MUSSER was born June 4, 1916, the child of Drew Musser and Sarah “Sally” Walker Musser.  She lived in Little Falls, MN all of her life at the family home, Linden Hill.  Upon her death in 1989 at the age of 73, THE LAURA JANE MUSSER FUND came into being to continue on with some of her interests in life, including the arts and helping children, as expressed in the guidelines.

FEB 01, 2016 Arts Organization Grant Deadline

LegacyLogoArts Project Grants & Arts Legacy Grants

(Warren, MN)- Our third deadline this fiscal year is February 1, 2016 for our Arts Project Grants of up to $3,000.00 and our Arts Legacy Grants of up to $10,000.00.   These two applications primarily serve arts organizations.  They are also great place to apply for a public art project for your community.

We fund interesting projects that sponsor performing artists, visual artists, folk artists, fine art crafters, photography artists, and creative writing artists to enhance events in communities and in schools.  We use the National Endowment for the Arts discipline list to determine what is considered art.

Step one in applying is to Create a login >>>

If your organization is already in the system, you just need to have our office add you as a user to that organization.    Then you can click the login word above to login to the system.

Contact Mara for support and to review your application.  Mara can also provide a copy of the application and guidelines for you to review prior to starting your on-line application.

Submit by February 1, 2016 by 11:59 pm.

Thank you to the State of Minnesota for providing our NW MN Arts Council with funding from both general allocation funding and Clean, Water, Land, and Legacy funding for these grant opportunities!

Award Results will be available following the grant review tentatively scheduled on February 18, 2016. Grants may not include costs incurred prior to the review.  The earliest starting date may be as late as April 1, 2016.