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Community Arts Education Support grant program

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.

Program Information

FY 2017 Community Arts Education Support Program Overview and Application Instructions - all applicants should read this document thoroughly before beginning the application form.

Grant amount

Minimum grant will be $8,000.
Maximum grant will be $25,000.

Community Arts Education Support is a two-year grant program. Only those organizations that were awarded a grant in the FY 2016 grant cycle may apply for funding in FY 2017.

New or first-time applications for Community Arts Education Support funding will be accepted during the FY 2018 grant cycle.

General eligibility

To be eligible for the Community Arts Education Support program, applicants must be structured in one of the following ways:

1. An arts education organization:
  • which is a nonprofit organization, with a 501(c)(3) designation from the Internal Revenue Service, and
  • which has a community arts education focused mission, and
  • for whom arts education programming represents at least 60 percent of its annual operating expenses (for example, a community arts school).
2. A distinct, established, ongoing community arts education program dedicated solely to community arts education and operating under the auspices of a:
  • Minnesota public institution such as a public college or university, a unit of local, state, or tribal government (for example, the community arts education program of a city-run community center), or
  • Minnesota nonprofit organization, with a 501(c)(3) designation from the Internal Revenue Service (for example, the community arts education program of a nonprofit arts council).

Complete eligibility information may be found in the FY2017 Community Arts Education Support Program Overview and Application Instructions.

Application deadline

FY 2017 application deadline was Friday, September 9, 2016. Information about future deadlines will be posted on the calendar page when available.

Application method

All applicants are required to use the WebGrants system to apply, and will submit all materials electronically. Everyone wanting to apply must be a registered user. New users need to register in advance in order to create an account and set up a user ID and password.

Two online tutorials are available to acquaint users with the WebGrants system:

If you have questions or need assistance

If you have questions about the content of the application form or narrative, please contact:
Richard Hitchler, program officer
(651) 215-1604

If you have questions about the required financial documents, please contact:
Dave White, director, finance and grants administration
(651) 215-1622

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
E-mail is preferred.

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

Online application

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