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Partners in Arts Participation grant program

Partners in Arts Participation is a 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.

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 2017 Overview and Instructions (PDF) - all applicants should read this document thoroughly before beginning the application.

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). If you need guidance in selecting an artist or arts organization contact Natalie Kennedy-Schuck, program officer (see below for contact information).

Application deadline

FY 2017 application deadline was Friday, September 23, 2016. Information about future deadlines will be posted on the calendar page when available.

Who can apply

Click to see eligibility requirements (PDF).

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


Resources for applicants

Overview and application instructions
FY 2017 Overview and Instructions (PDF)

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 (with audio) or PDF (without audio). Be aware that the MS Powerpoint takes up to 30 seconds to open.

Help for working with these files.

Sample applications

Grants awarded
Summaries of previously funded applications.

Partnering artists
If you need guidance in selecting an artist or arts organization contact Natalie Kennedy-Schuck, program officer.

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.

How to apply

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:

Reports and amendments

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