-Minnesota State Arts Board - Minnesota North Star

Artist Initiative grant program

This grant program has been suspended for FY 2021.

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.

Program overview and application instructions

FY 2021 Program overview and application instructions— all applicants should read this document thoroughly before beginning the application form.

Application deadline and project period

This grant program has been suspended for FY 2021.

Grant range

$2,000 - $10,000

Resources for applicants

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.

Sample applications
See the full list of sample applications.

Grants awarded
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:
Sherrie Fernandez-Williams, program officer
(651) 539-2672
Sherrie.Fernandez-Williams@arts.state.mn.us

If you have questions about the technical aspects of the application form, or questions about electronic submission, please contact:
Justine Pearson, WebGrants support
(651) 539-2663
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:

Grantee reports and amendments

The following links provide information and instructions regarding final reports and related material required from Arts Board grantees.

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