This program supports and assists artists at various stages in their careers. It encourages artistic development, nurtures artistic creativity, and recognizes the contributions individual artists make to the creative environment of the state of Minnesota.
Grants will be awarded for career building and for the creative development of artists. Some artists may choose to request funds to create new work, but that isn't a requirement of the program.
Artists working in all artistic disciplines—dance, media arts, music, photography, poetry, prose, theater, and two- and three-dimensional visual arts—may apply.
FY 2017 Application Deadlines
Literary arts; poetry and prose: 4:30 p.m., Friday, June 10, 2016
Performing arts; dance, music, and theater: 4:30 p.m., Friday, June 10, 2016
Visual arts; media arts, photography, and visual arts: 4:30 p.m., Friday, August 5, 2016
The Arts Board will only accept applications that are submitted and accepted by the online WebGrants system before the 4:30 p.m. deadline.
Who Can Apply
An applicant is eligible to apply for an Artist Initiative grant if the individual is:
A professional artist applying as an individual;
At least 18 years of age;
A current Minnesota resident for a minimum of six months who will remain a resident throughout the contract period;
A U.S. citizen, or individual who has attained permanent resident status.
An applicant may submit only one Artist Initiative grant proposal per fiscal year.
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:
The Minnesota State Arts Board is offering two free identical information sessions about the
FY 2017 Artist Initiative grant opportunity. They will be conducted by conference call/Webinar
and will last one hour.
The sessions will focus on the program application and applicant questions.
If you have questions about the content of the application form or narrative, please contact: Kathee Foran, program officer
(651) 215-1626 Kathee.Foran@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.