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.
The applicant must provide at least 20 percent of the total project's cash expenses from other sources, and may receive up to 80 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 80 percent / 20 percent match requirement will apply regardless of the size of applicant's budget or request amount. In the future, the match requirement is likely to increase and applicants will need to be able to support a larger share of the total project's cash expenses from other sources.
Applicants may request funds for project-related professional development. The match requirement does not apply to the professional development portion of the project budget.
Applicants are encouraged to incorporate interpretation into the festival activities, especially when presenting folk and traditional artists, and may request additional funding to cover interpretation costs. The match requirement does not apply to the interpretation portion of the project budget.
FY 2015 Application Deadline
see calendar page
The Arts Board will begin using WebGrants, a new online grants management system during the FY 2014 grant round. Applicants need to register in advance, to create an account and set up a user ID and password.
Two online tutorials are available to acquaint users with the WebGrants system:
Fiscal year 2015 materials and links will be available six to eight weeks before the application deadline. Previous materials are shown below for reference only.
FY 2014 Overview and Instructions (PDF)—all applicants should read this document thoroughly before beginning the application.
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.
To view the PowerPoint file: open the file; select "slide show" from menu; select "From Beginning." Click anywhere on the screen to advance to the next slide. Make sure the speaker volume is on. If you do not have PowerPoint on your computer, you can download a free PowerPoint viewer from Microsoft.
To view the PDF file: open the file; scroll down to advance slides. To view the speaker notes as text, double click on the speech bubble icon. Note that this text transcript of audible speaker notes is only visible in Adobe Reader, not inside of a Web browser or Apple Preview. The PDF version has no audio component.
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
If you have questions about the technical aspects of the application forms, or questions about electronic submission, please e-mail the Arts Board at:
You may also call the following staff, but e-mail is preferred.
Tom Miller, project manager
Sean Kelly, Webmaster
All staff can be reached toll-free at (800) 866-2787.
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