Artist Initiative grant program
This grant program has been discontinued. It was offered in the fiscal year 2010 to 2020 grant cycles; this page is a reference for past grantees.
The Artist Initiative grant program is designed to support and assist professional Minnesota artists at various stages in their careers by encouraging artistic development, nurturing artistic creativity, and recognizing the contributions of individual artists to the creative environment of the state of Minnesota.
Grants will be awarded for projects that will enhance or expand the applicant's artistic skills or process, and advance the applicant's career by helping the artist generate greater visibility with and exposure to potential audiences.
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.
Resources for applicants
Materials made available are for reference use.
Program overview and application instructions
FY 2020 Program Overview and Application Instructions
Information sessions or Webinars
Information sessions or Webinars will be offered. Please visit the Information Sesssion page for more details.
Budget spreadsheet tool
To help applicants prepare a budget, download the budget spreadsheet tool.
See the full list of sample applications.
Summaries of previously funded applications.
Sample of grantee activities
Watch sample of grantee activities
If you have questions or need assistance
If you have questions about the content of the application form or narrative, please contact:
Jamie Marshall, program officer
If you have questions about the technical aspects of the application form, or questions about electronic submission, please contact:
Justine Pearson, WebGrants support
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:
Grantee reports and amendments
The following links provide information and instructions regarding final reports and related material required from Arts Board grantees.