Artist Initiative grant program
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.
Application deadline and project period
The FY 2019 application deadline has passed. Information about the FY 2020 deadline is posted on the calendar page.
Who can apply
Click to see eligibility requirements.
$2,000 - $10,000
Resources for applicants
Materials made available are for reference use.
Program overview and application instructions
FY 2019 Program overview and application instructions
Help for working with these files.
Applicants who are new to the Artist Initiative 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.
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:
Sherrie Fernandez-Williams, program officer
If you have questions about the technical aspects of the application form, or questions about electronic submission, please contact:
Tom Miller, project manager
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.