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Arts Access

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.

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

Eligible organizational applicants must be one of the following:

  • A Minnesota 501(c)(3) tax-exempt arts producing, arts presenting, or artist service organization dedicated solely to the arts;
  • affiliated arts presenting or producing organization hosted within a Minnesota 501(c)(3) tax-exempt institution or public institution that meets all requirements of an arts affiliate; or
  • An unincorporated Minnesota arts producing or presenting group that has a formal written agreement with a Minnesota 501(c)(3) tax-exempt or governmental unit fiscal sponsor;

AND must meet all of the following conditions as of the application deadline:

  • Be located and operating within the state of Minnesota;
  • Employ at least one paid individual, in a contract or salaried position, to provide administrative and/or artistic oversight of the project.

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.

Grant Range

$5,000–$100,000

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.

Program Timeline

  • Panel Review: July 11 - 29, 2016
  • Applicant Notification: September, 2016
  • Project Period: November 1, 2016 - October 31, 2017

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:

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 (38 MB with audio annotation) or PDF (3 MB without audio).

Help for working with these files.

Program Information

FY 2017 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:
Natalie Kennedy-Schuck, program officer
(651) 215-1617
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) 215-1611
apply@arts.state.mn.us
E-mail is preferred.

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

Online Application

Reports and amendments

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