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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.

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.

An Operating Support or Community Arts Schools and Conservatories grantee is able to apply for an Arts Tour Minnesota 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.

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.

FY 2015 Application Deadline

The FY 2015 deadline is 4:30 p.m., Friday, July 25, 2014.

The Arts Board will not accept applications that are not 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:

Program information

FY 2015 Overview and Instructions (PDF)—all applicants should read this document thoroughly before beginning the application.

Sample Applications

These documents are in the process of being optimized for accessibility (section 508 / WCAG 2.0). In the meantime, please contact the Webmaster if you encounter difficulty with them via assistive technology.

Overview presentation

Applicants who are new to this 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 (~40MB) or PDF.

Help for working with these files.

If you have questions or need assistance

If you have questions about the content of the application form or narrative, please contact:
Bonnie Schock, program officer
(651) 215-1612

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.

Reports and amendments

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