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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.

FY 2017 Application deadline

4:30 p.m., Friday, September 23, 2016

The Arts Board will only accept applications that are submitted and accepted by the online WebGrants system before the 4:30 p.m. deadline.

Who can 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.

New for FY 2017: To determine an applicant's status as a health or human service organization, the Arts Board will no longer use GuideStar and instead will use the applicant's National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) system core code listed with the National Center for Charitable Statistics.

Grant range


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

Program Timeline

  • Panel review: December, 2016
  • Board Approval: January, 2017
  • Application notification: January, 2017
  • Project Period: March 1, 2017-February 28, 2018

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:

Overview Presentation

Applicants who are new to the Partners in Arts Participation 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 (29 MB with audio annotation) or PDF(3 MB without audio).

Help for working with these files.

Program information

New for FY 2017: The Arts Board will no longer use an approved artist/arts organization list. All applicants will be required to submit artist qualification materials (PDF) for the partnering artist(s)/arts organization(s).

FY 2016 Overview and Instructions (PDF) For reference only, FY 2017 Overview and Instructions will become available in late July, 2016.

Sample Applications

If you have questions or need assistance

If you have questions about the content of the application form or narrative, please contact:
Natalie Kennedy-Schuck, program officer
(651) 215-1617

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
E-mail is preferred.

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

Online application

Reports and amendments

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