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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 2018 Overview and Instructions (PDF) - all applicants should read this document thoroughly before beginning the application.

Application deadline

FY 2018 applications must be submitted and accepted before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 15, 2017. For more information about the timeline, see the calendar page.

Who can apply

Click to see eligibility requirements (PDF).

New for FY 2018

The Arts Board uses the applicant's National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) system core codes to determine an applicant's status as a health or human service organization. New this year, the Arts Board will utilize GuideStar to confirm an applicant's NTEE code(s) as instructed by the National Center for Charitable Statistics.

Grant range


Resources for applicants

Overview and application instructions
FY 2018 Overview and Instructions (PDF)

Webinar and PowerPoint
Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 3:00 p.m.

The Minnesota State Arts Board is offering a one-hour Webinar to help applicants prepare to apply for the Partners in Arts Participation grant program. The session will focus on program basics and applicant questions. The Webinar is free of charge, but advance registration is strongly encouraged. To register, visit the Information Sessions page.

If you are not able to attend, but would like to view the PowerPoint used in the Webinar, it will be posted on this page following the August 15, 2017 session.

Sample applications

Grants awarded
Summaries of previously funded applications.

If you have questions or need assistance

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

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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