-Minnesota State Arts Board - Minnesota North Star

Arts Access grant program

Arts Access is a grant program designed to encourage strategic, long-term engagement between arts organizations and traditionally underserved communities. Grant funds may be used by an arts organization to collaborate with a community to create and/or increase access to meaningful art experiences.

First time applicants are encouraged to carefully review the Program Overview and Application Instructions and then call the program officer prior to beginning an application.

Application deadline and project period

The FY 2019 application deadline has passed. Information about the FY 2020 deadline is posted on the calendar page.

Who can apply

Click to see eligibility requirements.

Grant range


$5,000 - $100,000

The applicant may request up to 90 percent of the project costs; a 10 percent match is required.

Resources for applicants

Materials made available are for reference use.

Program overview and application instructions
FY 2019 Program overview and application instructions

Overview presentation
Applicants who are new to the Arts Access program may want to view an online presentation that gives a more detailed overview of the program. The presentation is available in two formats: MS Powerpoint (with audio) or PDF (without audio). Be aware that the MS Powerpoint takes up to 30 seconds to open.

Help for working with these files.

Sample applications
The following applications were submitted by fiscal year 2018 grantees.
The files may take several minutes to download.


Grants awarded
Summaries of previously funded applications.

If you have questions or need assistance

If you have questions about the content of the application form or narrative, please contact:
Natalie Kennedy-Schuck, program officer
(651) 539-2666
Natalie.Kennedy@arts.state.mn.us

If you have questions about the technical aspects of the application form, or questions about electronic submission, please contact:
Tom Miller, project manager
(651) 539-2660
Apply.Arts@state.mn.us
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.

WebGrants tutorials
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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