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MSAB Announces Creative Support for organizations Grant

Minnesota State Arts Board announces another opportunity to apply for a FY 2021 Creative Support for Organizations grant

The Minnesota State Arts Board is offering a new grant program this year—Creative Support for Organizations—to help arts organizations adapt to the changing environment caused by the global pandemic.  Recognizing that many Minnesotans engage with the arts through community organizations and public entities that are not specifically arts organizations, the board will offer an additional Creative Support for Organizations application deadline in December that will be open to a wider spectrum of applicants.

For the next deadline, the following additional kinds of entities will be welcome to apply: 
– Arts affiliates of nonprofit or public institutions;
-Nonprofit organizations whose primary mission or focus is not the arts but have an ongoing commitment to arts programming and have received an Arts Board or regional arts council grant in fiscal years 2017, 2018, 2019, or 2020.
-Public entities with an ongoing commitment to arts programming that have received an Arts Board or regional arts council grant in fiscal years 2017, 2018, 2019, or 2020.

Organizations that were eligible to apply in August and September, but didn’t, will still be eligible to apply.  Organizations that have been awarded a FY 2021 Creative Support for Organizations grant will not be eligible to apply for another grant.  Organizations that submitted an application in August or September, that is being reviewed by the Arts Board, will not be eligible to submit another application.  More detailed eligibility information will be available in the application materials.

Creative Support for Organizations funds can be used to support people and activities that will be needed to keep audiences, participants, students, or communities engaged with the arts during the pandemic and beyond. This grant program aims to help Minnesota arts organizations and programs maintain their financial sustainability and long-term viability by leveraging creativity and connections to community, to ensure that the arts remain available to Minnesota residents and communities. Application materials will be available by early November; an announcement will be distributed when materials are available and the board will begin accepting applications.

For more information, visit the Minnesota State Arts Board website http://www.arts.state.mn.us/grants/cso.htm.

State Arts Board Creative Support for Organizations Grant Program — Apply by September 11

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.

Application deadline

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.

Grant range

Applicants may request between $5,000 – $15,000. No cash match is required.

Resources for applicants

Webinar
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:
CreativeSupport-Organizations@arts.state.mn.us
(651) 539-2671

If you have questions about the technical aspects of the application form, or questions about electronic submission, please contact:
Justine Pearson, WebGrants support
(651) 539-2663
Apply.Arts@state.mn.us
E-mail is preferred.

All staff can be reached toll-free at (800) 866-2787.

How to apply

Application method
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:

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