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.
FY 2017 Application Deadline
The FY 2017 deadline is 4:30 p.m., April 22, 2016.
The Arts Board will only accept applications that are submitted and accepted by the online WebGrants system before the 4:30 p.m. deadline.
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 Education Support 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.
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.
Panel Review: July 11 - 29, 2016
Applicant Notification: September, 2016
Project Period: November 1, 2016 - October 31, 2017
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:
For questions about the content of the application form or narrative, please contact:
Natalie Kennedy-Schuck, program officer firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions about the technical aspects of the application forms, electronic submission, or WebGrants, please e-mail the Arts Board at: email@example.com
You may also call the following staff, but above e-mail is preferred:
Tom Miller, project manager
All staff can be reached toll-free at (800) 866-2787.