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 2015 Deadlines
see calendar page
The Arts Board will begin using WebGrants, a new online grants management system during the FY 2014 grant round. Applicants need to register in advance, to create an account and set up a user ID and password.
Two online tutorials are available to acquaint users with the WebGrants system:
Fiscal year 2015 materials and links will be available six to eight weeks before the application deadline. Previous materials are shown below for reference only.
FY 2014 Overview and Instructions (PDF)—all applicants should read this document thoroughly before beginning the application.
See the full list of sample applications.
Applicants who are new to the Artist Initative 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 (30MB) or PDF.
Help for working with these files.
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
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
All staff can be reached toll-free at (800) 866-2787.
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.
For FY 2013 and previous download the form below. For FY 2014 and newer grants log in to WebGrants.