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State Arts Board Partners in Arts Participation Grant


The FY 2020 Partners in Arts Participation grant program is now open for application. 

Partners in Arts Participation is a grant program designed to broaden opportunities for Minnesotans to participate in the arts. Grant funds may be used by Minnesota nonprofit health or human service organizations to integrate the arts into their programming or services. Applicants may choose to have their constituents engage in existing high quality arts experiences, and/or may work with an artist or arts organization to design experiences tailored to meet the needs of the constituents they serve. 

The deadline to submit applications is Friday, August 23, 2019. All applications must be submitted and accepted before 4:30 p.m. on the day of the deadline.

All applicants should first review the program overview and application instructions available on the Arts Board Web site. Additionally, first time applicants and those in need of support are encouraged to speak with program officer Natalie Kennedy. She can be reached at (651) 539-2666, toll-free at (800) 866-2787, or via e-mail at natalie.kennedy@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 will offer a free online information session about the FY 2020 Partners in Arts Participation grant opportunity on Thursday, July 18, at 3:00 p.m. Learn more.

For accessibility inquiries and accommodations requests necessary to complete and submit an application, contact accessibility coordinator Natalie Kennedy at (651) 539-2666, toll-free at (800) 866-2787, or via e-mail at natalie.kennedy@arts.state.mn.us.

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 – www.musserfund.org. 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: Musserfund.org

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.