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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 proposed festival may be an arts festival or a community festival with an arts component. The festival must provide a showcase for artists who are current Minnesota residents and be open and inviting to a broad audience. Grant funds may be used to support costs related to planning, preparing, and presenting the arts component of the festival, including artist compensation, artistic expenses, marketing, personnel, and evaluation.

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, March 31, 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 ars councils; a 25 percent match is required.

Resources for applicants


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

Webinar and PowerPoint
Thursday, March 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 Minnesota Festival Support 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:

Reports and Amendments



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