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Partners in Arts Participation

Partners in Arts Participation is a pilot grant program designed to broaden opportunities for Minnesotans to participate in the arts. Grant funds may be used by Minnesota nonprofit health or human service organizations to integrate the arts into their programming or services. Applicants may choose to have their constituents engage in existing high quality arts experiences, and/or may work with an artist or arts organization to design experiences tailored to meet the needs of the constituents they serve.

Who may apply

Health or human service organizations that are located in Minnesota, and have been designated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by the Internal Revenue Service are eligible to apply. Health and human service generally refers to services that protect or improve the health, well-being, or human development of individuals or families. They meet basic human needs and help individuals reach their full potential.

In general, organizations that provide the following kinds of programs or services are eligible to apply: healthcare; addiction/substance abuse services; mental health and crisis services; hunger alleviation; job training; housing for low-income, homeless, or vulnerable individuals; services that help refugees, immigrants, or at-risk individuals prepare to become contributing members of society.

Health or human service programs that operate under the auspices of tribal governments located in Minnesota are eligible to apply.

Grant range


The applicant may request 100 percent of the total project costs, not to exceed $25,000; no match is required.

FY 2015 Application deadline

4:30 p.m., Friday, September 12, 2014

Late applications will not be accepted.

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./p>

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

Program information

If you have questions or need assistance

If you have questions about the content of the application form or narrative, please contact:
Sue Gens, executive director
(651) 215-1609

If you have questions about financial forms or required financial documents, please contact:
Dave White, director, finance and grants administration
(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:

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

Tom Miller, project manager
(651) 215-1611

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

Reports and amendments

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