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Arts Learning

Arts Learning is a pilot 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.

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 Schools and Conservatories grantee is able to apply for an Arts Learning grant, so 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 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


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.

FY 2016 Application Deadline

The FY 2016 deadline is 4:30 p.m., Friday, February 13, 2015.

The Arts Board will only accept applications that are submitted and accepted by the online WebGrants system before the 4:30 p.m. deadline.

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 or PDF.

Help for working PowerPoint files with Audio.

Program Information

FY 2016 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 the Arts Board at
(651) 215-1600.

If you have questions about financial forms or required financial documents, please contact:
Dave White, director, finance and grants administration
(651) 215-1622

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
(651) 215-1611

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

Online Application

Reports and Amendments

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