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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.

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.

An applicant may submit only one Minnesota Festival Support grant proposal per fiscal year.

Grant Range

$5,000–$75,000

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.

This 75 percent / 25 percent match requirement will apply regardless of the size of applicant's budget or request amount.

Application Deadline

see calendar page

The Arts Board will not accept applications that are not submitted and accepted by the online WebGrants system before the 4:30 p.m. deadline.

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

Fiscal year 2016 materials and links will be available six to eight weeks before the application deadline. Previous materials are shown below for reference only.

FY 2015 Overview and Instructions (PDF)—all applicants should read this document thoroughly before beginning the application.

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.

Help for working with these files.

Sample Applications

If you have questions or need assistance

If you have questions about the content of the application form or narrative, please contact:
Kathee Foran, program officer
kathee.foran@arts.state.mn.us
(651) 215-1626

If you have questions about financial forms or required financial documents, please contact:
Dave White, director, finance and grants administration
david.white@arts.state.mn.us
(651) 215-1622

If you have questions about the technical aspects of the application forms, or questions about electronic submission, please e-mail the Arts Board at:
apply@arts.state.mn.us

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

Tom Miller, project manager
apply@arts.state.mn.us
(651) 215-1611

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

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