Folk and Traditional Arts grant program
The Folk and Traditional Arts grant program is designed to enrich Minnesota communities through folk and traditional art forms being passed on, documented, practiced and shared.
Folk and traditional arts refer to artistic traditions that come from and are rooted in the cultural life of a community. Community members may share a common ethnicity, geographic or regional identity, occupation, language, or tribal affiliation. Folk and traditional arts are learned and passed on through community based systems of training and education where younger generations learn and attain mastery of a form by observation and practice or through apprenticeships with elders and masters.
First time applicants are encouraged to carefully review the Program Overview and Application Instructions and then call the program officer prior to beginning an application.
Application deadline and project period
The FY 2019 application deadline has passed. Information about the FY 2020 deadline is posted on the calendar page.
Who can apply
Click to see eligibility requirements.
$5,000 - $75,000
The applicant may request up to 75 percent of the project costs; a 25 percent match is required.
Resources for applicants
Materials made available are for reference use.
Program overview and application instructions
FY 2019 Program overview and application instructions
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 (with audio) or PDF (without audio). Be aware that the MS Powerpoint takes up to 30 seconds to open.
Help for working with these files.
The following applications were submitted by fiscal year 2018 grantees.
The files may take several minutes to download.
Summaries of previously funded applications.
Sample of grantee activities
Watch sample of grantee activities
If you have questions or need assistance
If you have questions about the content of the application form or narrative, please contact:
Rina Rossi, program officer
If you have questions about the technical aspects of the application form, or questions about electronic submission, please contact:
Tom Miller, project manager
E-mail is preferred.
All staff can be reached toll-free at (800) 866-2787.
How to apply
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:
Grantee reports and amendments
The following links provide information and instructions regarding final reports and related material required from Arts Board grantees.