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 location, 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.
A folk and traditional arts project may be a single event or activity, or a series or combination of multiple events or activities. Apprenticeship projects, where a master artist passes on skills to a promising apprentice, also are encouraged. Projects may include creation of work, field research, documentation, and presentation of folk and traditional art forms. All projects must have a community component such as a concert, exhibition, workshop, or other activity that engages members of a larger audience in the work of Minnesota's folk and traditional artists.
First time applicants to this program are strongly encouraged to call the program officer prior to beginning an application, after first reviewing the Program Overview and Application Instructions.
The applicant may request up to 75 percent of the project costs in combined support from the Minnesota State Arts Board and one or more of the state's regional arts councils; a 25 percent match is required.
Webinar and PowerPoint
Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 3:00 p.m.
The Minnesota State Arts Board is offering a one-hour Webinar to help applicants prepare to apply for the Folk and Traditional Arts grant program. The session will focus on program basics and applicant questions. The Webinar is free of charge, but advance registration is strongly encouraged. To register, visit the Information Sessions page.
If you are not able to attend, but would like to view the PowerPoint used in the Webinar, it will be posted on this page following the session.
The following applications were submitted by fiscal year 2017 grantees.
The files may take several minutes to download.
If you have questions about the content of the application form or narrative, please contact: Rina Rossi, program officer
(651) 215-1612 Rina.Rossi@arts.state.mn.us
If you have questions about the technical aspects of the application form, or questions about electronic submission, please contact: Tom Miller, project manager
(651) 215-1611 email@example.com
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: