|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.
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
|For accessibility inquiries and accommodation requests contact:|
Natalie Kennedy Schuck, accessibility coordinator
Phone: (651) 539-2666, toll-free (800) 866-2787
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|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.|
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.
|The Minnesota State Arts Board wants to hear from you|
In response to COVID-19, the Minnesota State Arts Board made broad changes to its grant programs this year. They offered two new, flexible programs that are intended to help creative individuals and organizations adapt and sustain their practices and activities during the pandemic and beyond. They’d like your thoughts on those programs.
They are asking you to respond to a very simple survey that will take only a few minutes to complete.
The pandemic has brought uncertainty and deep economic challenges to the individuals and organizations who, together, make up our state’s arts and culture sector. Your insights will be valuable to them, as they begin planning their grant programs for the coming year.
Please don’t delay; they will close the survey on Monday, October 12.
Take the survey
Thank you for your time and your thoughts.
MN CARES Act Grants Program are federal funds that were approved by Congress as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. For further info visit: http://www.arts.state.mn.us/grants/MNCares.htm
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.
Potential applicants can contact Richard Hitchler with any questions by phone (800) 866-2787 or (651) 539-2653 or by e-mail at Richard.Hitchler@arts.state.mn.us
Minnesota State Arts Board
540 Fairview Avenue North, Suite 304
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104