-Minnesota State Arts Board - Minnesota North Star

Recognizing that many Minnesotans engage with the arts through community organizations and public entities that are not specifically arts organizations, the Arts Board has added an additional Creative Support for Organizations application deadline that will be open to a wider spectrum of applicants. Organizations that were eligible to apply earlier in the program, but didn't, are still eligible to apply.

Creative Support for Organizations Grant Program

Creative Support for Organizations is designed to help arts organizations and nonarts organizations that regularly offer arts programming as an integral part of their mission adapt to the changing environment caused by the global pandemic.

Grantees will be able to determine how best to use funds to stay relevant and connected to the 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 2021 Program Overview and Application Instructions — All applicants should read this document thoroughly before beginning online application.

Application deadline

The added deadline is Friday, December 4, 2020; applications must be received before 4:30 p.m.

The first two deadlines for this program have passed:

  • Monday, August 24, 2020
  • Friday, September 11, 2020

When will funds be awarded?

The board will approve and announce grants on the following schedule:

  • August deadline – grants were approved in October 2020
  • September deadline – grants will be approved in December 2020
  • December deadline – grants will be approved in March 2021

Who can apply?

Carefully review the expanded eligibility requirements in the Overview document.

Grant range

Applicants may request between $5,000 - $15,000. No cash match is required.

Resources for applicants

Applicants are encouraged to view this informational webinar for additional information about the program.

If you have questions or need assistance

If you have questions about the content of the application form or narrative, please contact the program officer team:
(651) 539-2671

If you have questions about the technical aspects of the application form, or questions about electronic submission, please contact:
Justine Pearson, WebGrants manager
(651) 539-2663
E-mail is preferred.

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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