Minnesota State Arts Board launches the first grant opportunity for its 2022 grant cycle
The Minnesota State Arts Board has opened the first grant program for its fiscal year 2022 grant cycle (July 2021 – June 2022). Application materials and the online application portal are now available for the FY 2022 Operating Support grant program. Applications are due Friday, January 22, 2021, before 4:30 p.m.
Operating Support provides general support to high quality, established arts organizations that produce, present, or exhibit works of art; to organizations that provide a broad range of services to artists; and to community arts schools and conservatories that make arts learning available to Minnesotans of all ages and abilities.
All Arts Board grant programs are open, statewide, to any applicant that meets the eligibility requirements. Specific requirements for this program are listed in the FY 2022 Operating Support Program Overview and Application Instructions document posted on the Arts Board website: http://www.arts.state.mn.us/grants/operating-support.htm
First time applicants are encouraged to carefully review the Program Overview and Application Instructions and then call the program officer prior to beginning an application.
The board will announce other fiscal year 2022 grant opportunities early in 2021.
If you have questions about the Operating Support grant program, please contact: Richard Hitchler, program officer Phone: (651) 539-2653, toll-free (800) 866-2787 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Minnesota State Arts Board is a state agency that stimulates and encourages the creation, performance, and appreciation of the arts in the state. It works to ensure that all Minnesotans can participate in and benefit from the arts.
Grants will be allocated, based on regional population, to ensure that these federal funds reach across the state.
These are general support funds; they can be used to pay for salaried positions, contracted positions, or facilities costs. No project is necessary; no match is required.
The application deadline is Friday, October 2, 2020.
The application consists of several very short forms.
The eligibility requirements are described in detail on pages 2-3 of the Program Overview and Application Instructions document posted on their website.
Nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) arts organizations or arts affiliates of nonprofit organizations or public entities that received a grant from one of Minnesota’s eleven regional arts councils in FY 2018, FY 2019, or FY 2020 in the following programs:
Region 01 – Arts Legacy Grants: General Operating
In addition, all eligible applicants must:
1. Be physically located in Minnesota. The majority of an applicant’s arts programming, services, or activities must take place in Minnesota, and must primarily serve and engage Minnesota audiences and participants;
2. Have been in existence and actively providing arts programming in Minnesota for at least two consecutive years prior to the application deadline for this program; and
3. Have had at least one paid employee in a position of artistic or administrative oversight prior to March 1, 2020. The paid employee may be full-time or part-time, salaried or contracted.
Do you need assistance with this application? Feel free to reach out to Mara at NWMAC at director@NWArtsCouncil.org or 218-745-8886.
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.
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.
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:
Minnesota State Arts Board FY 2021 Minnesota Festival Support grant application deadline March 20, 2020
The FY 2021 Minnesota Festival Support grant program is now open for application. The Minnesota Festival Support program is designed to provide meaningful arts experiences to Minnesotans through festivals that celebrate the arts, build community, and expose communities to diverse art forms including folk and traditional arts. Applicants must have presented the proposed festival at least once prior to the date of application. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, March 20, 2020. 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 Rina Rossi. She can be reached at (651) 539-2661, toll-free at (800) 866-2787, or via e-mail at email@example.com 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 2021 Arts Learning grant opportunity on Thursday, February 20, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
$5,000 Individual Artist Grant Deadline October 15!
Arts Legacy, Arts Project, Arts Equipment for Schools Grants Deadline November 1!
Quick Turn Around Grants and Arts Legacy Residency Grants are ongoing!
Grant money is available from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council. Grants are awarded to nonprofit arts organizations, communities, schools, individuals and other nonprofit organizations. Applications are being accepted from our seven county Minnesota service area including Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau counties.
McKnight/NWMAC Individual Artist Grants for Projects Individual adult artists can apply by October 15 for a NWMAC/McKnight Individual Artist Grant of $5,000.00 or if your project has a very strong community focus, you can apply for an Arts Legacy Grant of up to $10,000.00. Performing artists, visual artists, media artists, creative writing artists are all welcome to apply.
Project grants are awarded to individuals. To be eligible you must be out of high school and at least 18 years of age. College tuition is not an eligible expense. This is the main category that individuals use to support their artistic business or advance their technical skills. This category is for non-hobby artist. Grants are awarded annually with $1,500 going to four individuals and $5,000 going to four individuals. Support for our Fellowship program comes from The McKnight Foundation. The deadline is October 15th annually for $5,000 level applicants and January 15th annually for $1,500 level applicants.
The Arts Legacy Grants is a main category for funding artistic activity within the seven county service region. Funding for the grants comes from the Minnesota State Legislature through the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. A maximum of $10,000.00 can be requested. Applicants must provide cash match and it is recommended that it be between 25% – 50% although some projects may be approved with as little as 10% cash match if they are innovative and fit a unique need.
Arts Project Grants are used primarily for small budget arts projects and the sponsorship of performances of touring companies and artists. These grants are a maximum of $3,000.00 with a required cash match. This grant programs have substantially less reporting requirements than Legacy grants.
Applications funded through these two very important grant opportunities include festivals, community theatre projects, folk music entertainment, sponsorship of visual demonstrations, creative writing workshops and many other activities that improve the quality of life of people in our communities. Arts Legacy grants and Arts Project grants have annual deadlines of August 1, November 1, and March 1 each year. This November 1 deadline is the second round for these two categories.
Arts Equipment for Schools Grants are considered a special category of our Arts Project Grant Program. This grant allows schools to purchase artistic equipment for their art room, theater, band room, etc. Equipment that is used solely for the pursuit of arts like a kiln or theater lights, or a band instrument has a better chance of being funded. There is one annual deadline for this grant on November 1. Grants of up to $3,000.00 are awarded with a 25% cash match requirement.
Also available on a first come-first served basis are Artist Residency Grants for are School Districts. Grants of $2100.00 are awarded to sponsor artists working with children usually in a traditional weeklong residency but it can also be a different format that serves your school or summer program. An extra $400.00 may be requested for art residencies that need supplies. Schools are strongly urged to use a TARP or COMPAS roster artist because they have been professionally trained in working in schools. Local artists who are sponsored need to provide lesson plans and show their professionalism in a classroom setting.
The grant application process is completely online and NWMAC’s Executive Director Mara Hanel can help walk you through the process of using the grants portal to get accustomed to it.
We will be holding a grants info session and training on October 1 at 4 pm at our office in Warren. RSVP to Mara at director@NWArtsCouncil.org. Mara, our director, can answer any questions you have and lead you through the process.
Funding for these programs comes primarily from the Minnesota State Legislature. The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is one of eleven regional arts councils in the state. All eleven councils work together with their fiscal agent the Minnesota State Arts Board to provide arts services, staffing, and grants. The McKnight Foundation is another funding source helping local arts councils promote and serve the arts community.