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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 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.

Program information

FY 2018 Overview and Instructions (PDF)—all applicants should read this document thoroughly before beginning the application.

Application deadline

FY 2018 applications must be submitted and accepted before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 2, 2017. For more information about the timeline, see the calendar page.

Who can apply

Click to see eligibility requirements (PDF).

Grant range


$5,000 - $75,000

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.

Resources for applicants


Overview and application instructions
FY 2018 Overview and Instructions (PDF)

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.

Sample applications
The following applications were submitted by fiscal year 2017 grantees.
The files may take several minutes to download.

Grants awarded
Summaries of previously funded applications.

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
(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
apply@arts.state.mn.us
E-mail is preferred.

All staff can be reached toll-free at (800) 866-2787.

How to apply


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.

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

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