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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.

New for FY 2014: Partners in Arts Participation is no longer a first come, first served program. All eligible applications will be reviewed and ranked by an advisory review panel. Rankings will be used to determine which applications will be funded.

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

see calendar page

Application method

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:

Program information

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.

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 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

Sean Kelly, Webmaster
(651) 215-1606

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

Reports and amendments

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