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Minnesota Festival Support

Minnesota Festival Support is a grant program designed to provide meaningful arts experiences to Minnesotans through festivals that celebrate the arts, build community, and expose communities to diverse art forms including folk and traditional arts.

The program provides funding for sponsoring or presenting organizations to feature Minnesota individual artists and Minnesota arts groups in arts festivals, or in the arts components of broader, community-based festivals.

Application Deadline

The FY 2017 deadline is 4:30 p.m., Friday, May 13, 2016.

The Arts Board will only accept applications that are submitted and accepted by the online WebGrants system before the 4:30 p.m. deadline.

Who Can Apply

Eligible organizational applicants must be one of the following:

  • A Minnesota 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization;
  • A public agency such as a unit of local, state, or tribal government; or
  • An unincorporated group that has a formal written agreement with a Minnesota 501(c)(3) tax-exempt fiscal sponsor or government unit fiscal sponsor;

AND must meet all of the following conditions as of the application deadline:

  • Be located and operating within the state of Minnesota;
  • Employ at least one paid individual, in a contract or salaried position, to provide administrative and/or artistic oversight of the project;
  • Have presented the proposed festival at least once prior to the date of this application.

Grant Range


The applicant must provide at least 25 percent of the total project's cash expenses from other sources, and may receive up to 75 percent of the total project's cash expenses in combined support from the Minnesota State Arts Board and one of more or more the state's regional arts councils.

Program Timeline

  • Panel Review: August 10–18, 2016
  • Applicant Notification: September, 2016
  • Project Period: November 1, 2016–October 31, 2017

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.

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

Program Information

FY 2017 Overview and Instructions (PDF)—all applicants should read this document thoroughly before beginning the application.

Sample Applications

Overview presentation

Applicants who are new to the Minnesota Festival Support 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).

Help for working with these files.

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

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
E-mail is preferred.

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

Online application

Reports And Amendments

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