The Arts Access grant program is 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
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
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.
FY 2015 Application Deadline
see calendar page
The Arts Board will begin using WebGrants, a new online grants management system during the FY 2014 grant round. Applicants need to register in advance, to create an account and set up a user ID and password.
Two online tutorials are available to acquaint users with the WebGrants system:
Fiscal year 2015 materials and links will be available six to eight weeks before the application deadline. Previous materials are shown below for reference only.
FY 2014 Overview and Instructions (PDF)—all applicants should read this document thoroughly before beginning the application.
Applicants who are new to this 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 or PDF.
Help for working with these files.
If you have questions or need assistance
If you have questions about the content of the application form or narrative, please contact:
Connie Skildum, program officer
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
Sean Kelly, Webmaster
All staff can be reached toll-free at (800) 866-2787.
Reports and amendments