-Minnesota State Arts Board - Minnesota North Star

Creative Support for Individuals

Creative Support for Individuals grants are flexible. They are meant to help artists and culture bearers adapt to a changing and challenging environment in which to work. By using their creativity and connection to community, this grant program will help Minnesota artists and culture bearers maintain their visibility and financial sustainability. Grantees will be able to use funds to sustain their practice and stay relevant and connected to audiences, participants, students, or communities now and in the future.

Program overview and application instructions

FY 2022 Program Overview and Application Instructions — All applicants should read this document thoroughly before beginning the online application.

Application deadline

There are two applications deadlines:

  • Friday, June 4, 2021, before 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, August 6, 2021, 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 2021 board meeting; the grant period for these awards will begin in January 2022. The second round of awards will be approved at the January 2022 board meeting; the grant period for these awards will begin in March 2022. Once awarded, 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 - $6,000. No cash match is required.

Resources for applicants

Applicants are encouraged to view an online presentation that gives a more detailed overview of the program.The presentation is available in two formats: online video or PDF (without audio).

Sample applications
The following applications were submitted by fiscal year 2021 grantees.
The files may take several minutes to download.

Grants awarded
A list of FY 2021 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:
(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
E-mail is preferred.
(651) 539-2663

For accessibility inquiries, please contact:
Jenea Rewertz-Targui, accessibility coordinator
(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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