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Arts Tour Minnesota

The Arts Tour Minnesota program is 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 20 percent of the total project’s cash expenses from other sources, and may receive up to 80 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 2015 Application Deadline

see calendar page

Application method

The Arts Board will begin using WebGrants, a new online grants management system during the FY 2014 grant round. Applicants need to register in advance, to create an account and set up a user ID and password.

Two online tutorials are available to acquaint users with the WebGrants system:

Program information

Fiscal year 2015 materials and links will be available six to eight weeks before the application deadline. Previous materials are shown below for reference only.

FY 2014 Overview and Instructions (PDF)—all applicants should read this document thoroughly before beginning the application.

Sample Applications

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 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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