-Minnesota State Arts Board - Minnesota North Star

Creative Support for Organizations

Creative Support for Organizations is designed to support arts organizations, and nonarts organizations that regularly offer arts programming, as they rebuild, reimagine, and continue to adapt their arts programming in response to the changing environment caused by the global pandemic.

Grantees will be able to determine how best to use funds to stay connected to audiences, participants, students, or communities that participate in their regular arts programming. By using their creativity and connection to community, this grant program is intended to help Minnesota organizations maintain the long-term viability of their arts programming so that Minnesota residents and communities will maintain access and connection to the arts.

Program overview and application instructions

FY 2022 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, June 25, 2021, before 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, October 1, 2021, 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 January 2022 board meeting; the grant period for these awards will begin in March 2022. The second round of awards will be approved at the March 2022 board meeting; the grant period for these awards will begin in May 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 $5,000 - $25,000. No cash match is required.

Resources for applicants

Webinar
Applicants are encouraged to view an online presentation that gives a more detailed overview of the program.

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 about the content of the application form or narrative, please contact:
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, please contact:
Jenea Rewertz-Targui, 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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