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Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant Program Open for Application

Minnesota State Arts Board FY 2021 Artist Initiative grant application deadlines April 24 and June 26, 2020

The FY 2021 Artist Initiative grant program is now open for application.

The program overview and application instructions are available on the Arts Board Web site. The Artist Initiative grant program is designed to support and assist professional Minnesota artists at various stages in their careers by encouraging artistic development, nurturing artistic creativity, and recognizing the contributions of individual artists to the creative environment of the state of Minnesota. Grants will be awarded for projects that will enhance or expand the applicant’s artistic skills or process, and advance the applicant’s career by helping the artist generate greater visibility with and exposure to potential audiences.


The deadline to submit applications is Friday, April 24, 2020, for literary arts and performing arts, and Friday, June 26, 2020, for visual arts. Please note that applications must be submitted and accepted before 4:30 p.m. on the day of the deadline.Those considering a first time application are urged to review the program’s overview and application instructions, and speak with program officer Sherrie Fernandez-Williams prior to beginning an application. She can be reached at (651) 539-2672, toll-free at 
(800) 866-2787, or via e-mail at sherrie.fernandez-williams@arts.state.mn.us. The Arts Board uses WebGrants, an online grants management system, for all applications. Registration is required of all applicants before beginning an application to any Arts Board program. It is only necessary to register once. To register, visit the Arts Board Web site. Scroll down the home page to WebGrants instructions and registration information.  The Arts Board is offering free online information sessions about the FY 2021 Artist Initiative grant opportunity on Thursday, April 2, and May 28, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. The sessions are identical. 

Minnesota Arts Board Grant Writing Workshops for Artist Initiative Grant Program

Grant writing workshops for

Artist Initiative grant program     

The Minnesota State Arts Board is hosting a series of grant writing best practices workshops around the state for the Artist Initiative program. Arts Board program officer Sherrie Fernandez-Williams will guide participants in a hands-on, interactive workshop. An informative and educational learning experience, participants can expect to gain a comprehensive understanding of the Artist Initiative grant criteria and eligibility requirements, and will work in small groups to practice and discuss the skill of grant writing.  The Artist Initiative grant program supports and assists professional Minnesota artists at various stages of their careers through encouraging artistic development, helping artists gain visibility with audiences, and strengthening career and professional skills. If you would like more information about the Artist Initiative grant program, please visit the Arts Board Web site: http://www.arts.state.mn.us/grants/artist-initiative.htm .The workshops are free of charge and open to the public. If you are interested in attending a workshop, please visit the Arts Board Information Sessions Web page to learn more and register: http://www.arts.state.mn.us/calendar/information-sessions.htm .

MSAB Upcoming Grants Deadlines

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March 31, 2014–

Minnesota State Arts Board FY 2015 Minnesota Festival Support grant application deadline May 23, 2014

The FY 2015 Minnesota Festival Support  grant program is now open for application. The FY 2015 Minnesota Festival Support Program Overview and Application Instructions are available on the Arts Board Web site.
The deadline to submit applications for the FY 2015 Minnesota Festival Support grant program is Friday, May 23, 2014. Please note that applications must be submitted before4:30 p.m. on the day of the deadline.
The Arts Board uses WebGrants, an online grants management system, for all applications. Registration is required of all applicants before beginning an application to any Arts Board program. It is only necessary to register once. To register, visit the Arts Board Web site. See the NEWS section on the home page for WebGrants instructions and registration information.

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FY 2015 Folk and Traditional Arts

Folk and Traditional Arts is a pilot program designed to support the artistic traditions and customs practiced within community and/or cultural groups by identifying, documenting, creating, preserving, presenting, and honoring Minnesota’s folk arts and traditions.

The practice of folk or traditional art generally stems from birthright, community membership, or community life, and is a powerful marker of cultural heritage. It is often rooted in a longstanding sense of place and/or ethnic identity. Folk and traditional artists often have their own community-based systems of training and education through which they learn and attain mastery of a form by observation and practice or through apprenticeships with elders and masters.

The Folk and Traditional Arts grant application deadline is May 2, 2014apply today.

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FY 2015 Artist Initiative

The Artist Initiative program supports and assists artists at various stages in their careers. It encourages artistic development, nurtures artistic creativity, and recognizes the contributions individual artists make to the creative environment of the state of Minnesota.

Grants will be awarded for career building and for the creative development of artists. Some artists may choose to request funds to create new work, but that isn’t a requirement of the program. Artists working in all artistic disciplines—dance, media arts, music, photography, poetry, prose, theater, and two- and three-dimensional visual arts—may apply.

There are three deadlines for the FY 2015 Artist Initiative grant application, depending on discipline:

  • Literary arts; poetry and prose: June 13, 2014
  • Performing arts; dance, music, and theater: July 11, 2014
  • Visual arts; media arts, photography, and visual arts: Friday, August 1, 2014

Apply today.