Operating Support provides general support to high quality, established arts organizations that produce, present, or exhibit works of art; to organizations that provide a broad range of services to practicing artists; and to community arts schools and conservatories that make arts learning available to Minnesotans of all ages and abilities.
The Operating Support program recognizes that organizations with an established record of programmatic service and administrative stability should have access to funds to support their organizational goals and objectives, and to maintain their ongoing programs, services, and facilities without special emphasis on new initiatives as justification for funding.
First time applicants are encouraged to carefully review the Program Overview and Application Instructions and then call the program officer prior to beginning an application.
Operating Support grants include two components: formula award and merit award. The formula award will vary, depending on the overall number of grantees and the total dollars available for this program, and will be based on the applicant's qualifying expenses, averaged over fiscal year 2018 and fiscal year 2019. The merit award will vary based on the number of grantees in the applicant's assigned budget group that are recommended for merit awards, the merit dollars available for this program, and the merit score assigned by the advisory review panel.
Resources for applicants
A virtual information session was offered on December 16. It was tailored to first time applicants or staff at current or past grantee organizations who will be preparing an application for the first time. Open this link to view the recorded information session.
The following applications were submitted by fiscal year 2023 grantees.
If you have questions or need assistance
For questions about eligibility or content of the application, please contact: Lindi Holliday, program officer
(651) 539-2653 Lindi.Holliday@arts.state.mn.us
For questions about the required financial documents, please contact: Dave White, director, finance and grants administration
(651) 539-2669 David.White@arts.state.mn.us
For questions about the technical aspects of the online application forms, or questions about electronic submission, please contact: Justine Pearson, WebGrants manager
(651) 539-2663 Apply.Arts@state.mn.us
E-mail is preferred.
For questions about accessibility, or to request materials in an alternate format, please contact: Annick Dall-Desbois, outreach and accessibility coordinator
(651) 539-2651 | Minnesota Relay 711 Annick.Dall-Desbois@arts.state.mn.us
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. Applicants must be a registered user. New users need to register in advance in order to create an account and set up a user ID and password.
Two online tutorials are available to acquaint users with the WebGrants system: