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Artist Initiative Grants

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 2016 Application Deadlines

  • Literary arts; poetry and prose: 4:30 p.m., June 12, 2015
  • Performing arts; dance, music, and theater: 4:30 p.m., June 12, 2015
  • Visual arts; media arts, photography, and visual arts: 4:30 p.m., Friday, August 7, 2015

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.

Grant Range


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.

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

Overview Presentation

Applicants who are new to this 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 (≈28MB) or PDF (≈3MB).
Help for working with these files.

Program Information

FY 2016 Overview and Instructions (PDF)—all applicants should read this document thoroughly before beginning the application.

Sample Applications

See the full list of sample applications.

Video Interviews

Watch interviews of grantees

If You Have Questions Or Need Assistance

If you have questions about the content of the application form or narrative, please contact:
Kathee Foran, program officer
(651) 215-1626

If you have questions about the technical aspects of the application forms, or questions about electronic submission, please e-mail the Arts Board at:

You may also call the following staff, but e-mail is preferred.
Tom Miller, project manager
(651) 215-1611

All staff can be reached toll-free at (800) 866-2787.

Online Application

Reports And Amendments

The report is intended to inform the Arts Board of the actual form, scope, impact, quality, and cost of the grant activities. All grantees must complete and submit this report.