-Minnesota State Arts Board - Minnesota North Star

Creative Support for Individuals

This grant program provides support to help individual artists and culture bearers sustain their creative practices and meaningfully engage with their communities in a time of transition. Creative Support grants are designed to be flexible and allow for adaptability in response to unexpected changes during the grant period. While proposed grant activities may focus more heavily on one or the other, applicants must demonstrate how funds will be used both to continue a creative practice and meaningfully connect to and engage audiences, participants, students, and/or communities during the grant period.

Program overview and application instructions

FY 2023 Program Overview and Application Instructions — All applicants should read this document thoroughly before beginning the online application.

Application deadline

There are two application deadlines:

  • Friday, May 6, 2022, before 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, July 15, 2022, before 4:30 p.m.

Individuals can submit an application by the first or second deadline, but not both. There is no advantage to apply to the first versus the second deadline. The likelihood of being funded is the same for both deadlines.

When will funds be awarded?

The first round of awards will be approved at the November 2022 board meeting; the grant period for these awards will begin in January 2023. The second round of awards will be approved at the January 2023 board meeting; the grant period for these awards will begin in March 2023. Grantees will have one year to use the funds.

Who can apply?

Carefully review the eligibility requirements in the Overview document.

Grant range

Applicants may request between $2,000 - $10,000. No cash match is required.

Resources for applicants

Applicant training video
Applicants are encouraged to view an applicant training video to learn more about this grant opportunity. This presentation is intended to offer an overview and provide you with an understanding of the key requirements for this program.

Program officer open office hours
Applicants are encouraged to attend online open office hours with a program officer to ask questions you may have about the grant program. This can include questions about the review criteria, writing the narrative, budgets/spending plans, or any other questions you may have. All sessions are drop-in format and will be held online using WebEx. Please feel free to attend for any window of time you are available.
     
Thursday,     4:00-5:30 p.m.

To join video session, click here(*)

April 14, 2022   To join audio only via phone, dial (415) 655-0003
    or United States toll-free (855) 282-6330
    Enter access code: 2492 457 7374
     
Tuesday,     1:00-2:30 p.m.

To join video session, click here(*)

April 26, 2022   To join audio only via phone, dial (415) 655-0003
    or United States toll-free (855) 282-6330
    Enter access code: 2498 264 8540
     
Thursday,     1:00-2:30 p.m.

To join video session, click here(*)

June 16, 2022   To join audio only via phone, dial (415) 655-0003
    or United States toll-free (855) 282-6330
    Enter access code: 2498 599 1864
     
Tuesday,     4:00-5:30 p.m.

To join video session, click here(*)

June 28, 2022   To join audio only via phone, dial (415) 655-0003
    or United States toll-free (855) 282-6330
    Enter access code: 2494 563 6572

(*) If you are not familiar with the WebEx videoconferencing system, download the Webex Installation Instructions.

Sample applications
The following applications were submitted by fiscal year 2022 grantees.
The files may take several minutes to download.

Grants awarded
A list of FY 2022 grantees, and a brief summary of their activities, is available on the Arts Board website.

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
or
Jamie Marshall, program officer
CreativeSupport-Individuals@arts.state.mn.us
(651) 539-2670

If you have questions about the technical aspects of the application form, or about how to submit the online forms, please contact:
Justine Pearson, WebGrants manager
Apply.Arts@state.mn.us
E-mail is preferred.
(651) 539-2663

For accessibility inquiries, please contact:
Jenea Rewertz-Targui, interim accessibility coordinator
Jenea.Rewertz-Targui@arts.state.mn.us
(651) 539-2657

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.

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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