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Arts Access

The Arts Access is a pilot program designed to help arts organizations broaden arts opportunities for underserved groups.  Grants can be used to identify underserved groups or communities, identify the barriers that keep them from engaging in the arts, and develop and implement strategies to reduce or eliminate the barriers.

Who Can Apply

The applicant may be any Minnesota nonprofit arts organization including producing organizations, presenting organizations and presenting affiliates, or any other arts group that is exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or has a nonprofit, tax-exempt fiscal agent.

An Operating Support or Community Arts Schools and Conservatories grantee is able to apply for an Arts Access grant, as long as it can describe how its proposed project expands upon past programming, allows the organization to provide new kinds of service, and enables it to serve a broader, more diverse, audience of Minnesotans.

An applicant may submit only one Arts Access grant proposal per fiscal year.

Grant Range


The applicant must provide at least 10 percent of the total project's cash expenses from other sources, and may receive up to 90 percent of the total project's cash expenses in combined support from the Minnesota State Arts Board and one of more or more the state's regional arts councils.

This 90 percent / 10 percent match requirement will apply regardless of the size of applicant's budget or request amount.

FY 2016 Application Deadline

The FY 2016 deadline is 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 24, 2015.

The Arts Board will not accept applications that are not submitted and accepted by the online WebGrants system before the 4:30 p.m. deadline.

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:

Program information

FY 2016 Overview and Instructions (PDF)—all applicants should read this document thoroughly before beginning the application.

Sample Applications

If you have questions or need assistance

If you have questions about the content of the application form or narrative, please contact the Arts Board at
(651) 215-1600

If you have questions about the technical aspects of the application forms, or questions about electronic submission, please e-mail the Arts Board at:

You may also call the following staff, but e-mail is preferred.

Tom Miller, project manager
(651) 215-1611

All staff can be reached toll-free at (800) 866-2787.

Online application

Reports and amendments

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