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Arts Tour Minnesota

Arts Tour Minnesota is a pilot program designed to give Minnesotans greater access to high quality artists and arts organizations, regardless of geography.  Arts Tour Minnesota project grants support touring performances, exhibitions, and other related arts activities throughout the state.

Application Deadline

The FY 2016 deadline is 4:30 p.m., Friday, July 17, 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.

Who Can Apply

Minnesota professional artists and nonprofit arts organizations that want to tour may apply.  Community groups, cities, public and nonprofit agencies, arts organizations, and others that would like to present touring artists or arts activities may also apply.

Grant Range


The applicant must provide at least 25 percent of the total project’s cash expenses from other sources, and may receive up to 75 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: September 28–29, October 5–6, October 12–13, 2015
  • Board Approval: November 4, 2015
  • Applicant Notification: November 6, 2015
  • Project Period: June 1, 2016–May 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:

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 general questions related to the Arts Tour Minnesota program, please contact 651-215-1600 or ArtsTourMinnesota@state.mn.us, and you will be directed to the appropriate staff member.

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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