Folk and Traditional Arts
Folk and Traditional Arts is a pilot program designed to support the artistic traditions and customs practiced within community and/or cultural groups by identifying, documenting, preserving, presenting, and honoring Minnesota’s folk arts and traditions. The practice of folk or traditional art generally stems from birthright, community membership, or direct participation in the life of a community.
A folk or traditional arts project may be a single event or activity, or a series or combination of multiple events or activities. Projects may include field research and documentation of folk and traditional art forms. They may also include passing on folk and traditional arts through mentorships or apprenticeships. All projects must have a public component such as a concert, exhibition, documentary, workshop, or other activity that engages members of the public in the work of Minnesota’s folk and traditional artists.
The goal of the Folk and Traditional Arts program is that Minnesotans will have multiple opportunities to engage in folk and traditional arts forms and become more aware of the folk and traditional arts offerings available to them.
Who can apply?
The applicant may be:
- Any Minnesota folk or traditional artist.
- Any Minnesota arts producing organization, arts presenting organization or presenting affiliate, or community group, that is exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or has a Minnesota nonprofit, tax-exempt fiscal agent.
- Any Minnesota public agency such as a unit of local, state, or tribal government.
An applicant may submit only one Folk and Traditional Arts grant proposal per fiscal year.
The applicant may request 80 percent of the project costs; a 20 percent match is required. In the future, the match requirement is likely to increase and applicants will need to be able to support a larger share of the total project’s cash expenses from other sources.
FY 2014 Application Deadline
4:30 p.m., Friday, May 3, 2013
Late applications will not be accepted.
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:
Applicants who are new to the Folk and Traditional Arts 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 (18.5 MB with audio annotation) or PDF (1 MB without audio).
To view the PowerPoint file: open the file; select “slide show” from menu; select “From Beginning.” Click anywhere on the screen to advance to the next slide. Make sure the speaker volume is on. If you do not have PowerPoint on your computer, you can download a free PowerPoint viewer from Microsoft.
To view the PDF file: open the file; scroll down to advance slides. To view the speaker notes, hold the cursor over the speech bubble icon. Note that this text transcript of audible speaker notes is only visible in the Adobe Reader, not inside of a Web browser or Apple Preview. The PDF version has no audio component.
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.
If you have questions or need assistance
If you have questions about the content of the application form or narrative, please contact:
Kathee Foran, program officer
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
Sean Kelly, Webmaster
All staff can be reached toll-free at (800) 866-2787.
Reports and amendments