The Community Arts Education Support (CAES) program provides operating support to build and strengthen the capacity of exceptional arts education organizations, or of arts education programs of public or nonprofit organizations that have a sustained commitment to providing ongoing, rigorous arts education opportunities in community settings. The redesigned program builds on the foundation of the former Community Arts Schools and Conservatories grant program in order to foster a future where all Minnesotans have access to high quality, structured community arts education opportunities throughout their life spans.
The program offers funds to support the programming and operating goals of community arts education organizations and programs, so that they may maintain and grow ongoing services, staffing, and support functions.
First time applicants to this program are strongly encouraged to call the program officer prior to beginning an application, after first reviewing the Program Overview and Application Instructions.
Applicants who are new to the Community Arts Education Support program may want to view an online presentation that gives a more detailed overview of the program. The presentation is available in two formats: MS Powerpoint (with audio) or PDF (without audio). Be aware that the MS Powerpoint takes up to 30 seconds to open.
If you have questions about the content of the application form or narrative, please contact: Richard Hitchler, program officer
(651) 215-1604 Richard.Hitchler@arts.state.mn.us
If you have questions about the required financial documents, please contact: Dave White, director, finance and grants administration
(651) 215-1622 David.White@arts.state.mn.us
If you have questions about the technical aspects of the application form, or questions about electronic submission, please contact: Tom Miller, project manager
(651) 215-1611 firstname.lastname@example.org
E-mail is preferred.
All staff can be reached toll-free at (800) 866-2787.
How to apply
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: