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Arts Learning

Arts Learning is a program that offers funding for projects that help lifelong learners acquire knowledge and understanding of and skills in the arts. Projects must provide participatory learning and engage learners with skilled teaching artists and high quality artistic experiences.

Application Deadline


The FY 2017 deadline is 4:30 p.m., Friday, February 12, 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


Nonprofit organizations; public agencies or divisions of local, state, or tribal government; educational institutions; artists; and arts organizations may apply.

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

An organization or individual may be the official applicant on only one Arts Learning proposal per fiscal year, but that same organization or individual may be a collaborating partner on other proposed projects.

Grant Range


$5,000–$150,000

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 or more of the state's regional arts councils.

Program Timeline

  • Panel Review: May 11 - June 7, 2016
  • Applicant Notification: July, 2016
  • Project Period: September 1, 2016 - August 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 Learning 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).

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


For questions about the content of the application form or narrative, please contact:
Natalie Kennedy-Schuck, program officer
natalie.kennedy@arts.state.mn.us
(651) 215-1617.

For questions about the technical aspects of the application forms, electronic submission, or WebGrants, please e-mail the Arts Board at: apply@arts.state.mn.us
You may also call the following staff, but above 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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