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 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.
First time applicants to this program are strongly encouraged to call the program officer prior to beginning an application, after first reviewing the Program Overview and Application Instructions.
FY 2018 Overview and Instructions (PDF)—all applicants should read this document thoroughly before beginning the application.
FY 2018 Application deadline
- Literary arts; poetry and prose: 4:30 p.m., Friday, May 19, 2017
- Performing arts; dance, music, and theater: 4:30 p.m., Friday, May 19, 2017
- Visual arts; media arts, photography, and two- and three-dimensional visual arts:
4:30 p.m., Friday, August 4, 2017
Applications must be submitted and accepted before 4:30 p.m. For more information about the timeline, see the calendar page.
Who can apply
Click to see eligibility requirements (PDF).
$2,000 - $10,000
Resources for applicants
Overview and application instructions
FY 2018 Overview and Instructions (PDF)
Webinar and PowerPoint
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.
Help for working with these files.
See the full list of sample applications.
Summaries of previously funded applications.
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:
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:
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