-Minnesota State Arts Board - Minnesota North Star

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.

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.

Program Information

FY 2018 Community Arts Education Support Program Overview and Application Instructions - all applicants should read this document thoroughly before beginning the application form.

Application deadline

FY 2018 applications must be submitted and accepted before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 14, 2017. For more information about the timeline, see the calendar page.

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 FY2018 Community Arts Education Support Program Overview and Application Instructions.

Grant amount

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

Resources for applicants


Overview and application instructions
FY 2018 Overview and Instructions (PDF)

Overview Presentation
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.

Help for working with these files.

Sample application
The following application was submitted by a fiscal year 2016 grantee.
The file may take several minutes to download.

Grants awarded
Summaries of previously funded applications.

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
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
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.

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

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