-Minnesota State Arts Board - Minnesota North Star

Creative Support for Organizations

This grant program provides support to help organizations deliver arts programming and meaningfully engage their communities in a time of transition. While Creative Support grants are designed to be flexible and allow for adaptability in response to unexpected changes during the grant period, applicants will be asked to align their activities with one of three program outcomes that address the intent of the legacy amendment and the Arts Board's goals.

Program overview and application instructions

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

Application deadline

Applicants may select either of the two deadlines for this program:

  • Friday, May 27, 2022, before 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, September 9, 2022, before 4:30 p.m.

Organizations 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 October 2022 board meeting; the grant period for these awards will begin in December 2022. The second round of awards will be approved at the March 2023 board meeting; the grant period for these awards will begin in May 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 $5,000 - $30,000. 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.
     
Tuesday,     3:00-4:30 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: 2494 232 1380
     
Wednesday,     12:00-1:30 p.m.

To join video session, click here(*)

May 4, 2022   To join audio only via phone, dial (415) 655-0003
    or United States toll-free (855) 282-6330
    Enter access code: 2490 481 6722
     
Thursday,     2:00-3:30 p.m.

To join video session, click here(*)

August 11, 2022   To join audio only via phone, dial (415) 655-0003
    or United States toll-free (855) 282-6330
    Enter access code: 2489 783 2925
    Password for video: HMtRqQFK573
    Password for phone: 46877735
     
Monday,     12:00-1:30 p.m.

To join video session, click here(*)

August 15, 2022   To join audio only via phone, dial (415) 655-0003
    or United States toll-free (855) 282-6330
    Enter access code: 2493 186 7993
    Password for video: FwzQGT9Xp94
    Password for phone: 39974899

(*) 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 about the content of the application form or narrative, please contact:
Rina Rossi, program officer
or
Jamie Marshall, program officer
CreativeSupport-Organizations@arts.state.mn.us
(651) 539-2671

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 or accommodation requests, please contact:
Annick Dall-Desbois, accessibility coordinator
Annick.Dall-Desbois@arts.state.mn.us
(651) 539-2651

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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