-Minnesota State Arts Board - Minnesota North Star

Folk and Traditional Arts grant program

This grant program has been suspended for FY 2021.

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.

Program overview and application instructions

FY 2021 Program overview and application instructions — all applicants should read this document thoroughly before beginning the application form.

Application deadline and project period

This grant program has been suspended for FY 2021.

Who can apply

Click to see eligibility requirements.

Grant range


$5,000 - $50,000

The applicant may request up to 75 percent of the project costs; a 25 percent match is required.

Resources for applicants

Information sessions or Webinars
Information sessions or Webinars will be offered. Please visit the Information Sesssion page for more details.

Budget spreadsheet tool
To help applicants prepare a budget, download the budget spreadsheet tool.

Sample applications
The following applications were submitted by fiscal year 2020 grantees.
The files may take several minutes to download.

Grants awarded
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
(651) 539-2661
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:
Justine Pearson, WebGrants support
(651) 539-2663
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:

Grantee reports and amendments

The following links provide information and instructions regarding final reports and related material required from Arts Board grantees.

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