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Minnesota State Arts Board Offers Creative Support for Individuals Grant Program — Apply now!

The Arts Board has posted grant program guidelines and application forms for the FY 2022 Creative Support for Individuals program.

The program offers flexible support for Minnesota artists and culture bearers.The coronavirus pandemic has made it difficult for artists and culture bearers to produce work, sustain their creative practices, and generate income. Creative Support grants can be used by artists and culture bearers to adapt to their changing environment; continue to make work or try new ways to make and share their work; stay connected to audiences, participants, students, or communities that participate in their arts programming; and ensure that Minnesota residents and communities will continue to have access and connection to the arts.

There will be two application deadlines—one on June 4, 2021, and another on August 6, 2021. This is a statewide program. Anyone who meets the eligibility requirements is welcome to apply. Artists and culture bearers who received a grant from the Arts Board or a regional arts council in fiscal years 2015-2021 are eligible to apply. So too are artists and culture bearers who have not been previous grantees but are in one or more of the following groups:
— Individuals who live outside the seven-county metropolitan area (the metro area includes Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington counties);
— Individuals who identify as indigenous or a person of color;
— Individuals who have a disability.
Please visit the Creative Support for Individuals Web page to find the complete Program Overview and Application Instructions; other details about the program; and a free, recorded information webinar. 
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State Arts Board Creative Support for Individuals Grant Program — Applications open

Creative Support for Individuals Grant Program

Creative Support for Individuals is designed to help Minnesota artists and culture bearers adapt to changes in their working environment caused by the global pandemic. Grantees will be able to use funds to sustain their practice and stay relevant and connected to audiences, participants, students, or communities now and in the future. This grant program aims to help Minnesota artists and culture bearers maintain their visibility and financial sustainability by using 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 the online application.

Application deadline

Applicants may select either of the two deadlines for this program:

  • Friday, August 28, 2020, before 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, September 18, 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. 

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 $2,000 – $6,000. No cash match is required.

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.

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-Individuals@arts.state.mn.us
(651) 539-2670

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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