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Minnesota Festival Support

Minnesota Festival Support is a pilot program designed to engage Minnesotans in 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 2016 deadline is 4:30 p.m., Friday, May 22, 2015.

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

An organization is eligible to apply for a Minnesota Festival Support grant if it is:

  • A Minnesota arts producing organization, arts presenting organization or presenting affiliate, or community group, that is exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or has a nonprofit, tax-exempt fiscal agent.
  • A Minnesota public agency such as a public school district or unit of local, state, or tribal government.

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 5–6, 2015
  • Board Approval: September 2, 2015
  • Applicant Notification:September 4, 2015
  • Project Period: November 1, 2015–October 31, 2016

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.

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 or PDF.

Program Information

FY 2016 Overview and Instructions (PDF)—all applicants should read this document thoroughly before beginning the application.

Sample 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

For questions about the technical aspects of the application forms, or questions about electronic submission, e-mail the Arts Board at:

You may also call the following staff, but above e-mail is preferred.

Tom Miller, project manager
(651) 215-1611

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

Online application

Reports And Amendments

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