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Minnesota State Arts Board

The Minnesota State Arts Board is a state agency that stimulates and encourages the creation, performance, and appreciation of the arts in the state.

Request for Proposals: Grants management system

The Minnesota State Arts Board is in the process of procuring a grants management system that will aid in its end-to-end grants processing. The Arts Board intends to purchase a system that will integrate the collection, reporting, and storing of grant data. Grant data may include grant applications, applicant work samples, budgets, resumes, references, grant contracts, interim and final reports, grantee/applicant contact information, reviewer or panelist information, and application review scoring.

Arts Board will post a Request for Proposal (RFP) on the State of Minnesota SWIFT system on September 15, 2023. The RFP documents and instructions for responding will be available at the following link, under Bidding Opportunities.  https://guest.supplier.systems.state.mn.us/psc/fmssupap/SUPPLIER/ERP/c/NUI_FRAMEWORK.PT_LANDINGPAGE.GBL?.

Open call for grant program advisors

The Minnesota State Arts Board relies on the generous involvement of Minnesota citizens to evaluate artistic activities and review grant applications to help determine which will be recommended to receive funding. This involvement, and the insights advisors bring, are the vital foundation for the Arts Board's grant decisions each year.

For this reason, hundreds of people–ranging from individuals who don't work in the arts, but have knowledge or passion for the arts, to individuals who have experience with Minnesota nonprofits in paid or volunteer positions, to professionals working in the arts–are needed to experience arts activities and review applications remotely, ongoing.

Find out if this is the right fit for you, visit  grant program advisor opportunities.

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The Minnesota State Arts Board has begun a rulemaking project that will amend some rules that govern the way the board distributes grants and other forms of assistance and amend rules that relate to the board's statutory role as fiscal agent for regional arts councils.

Visit the rulemaking page to learn more about proposed rule changes or to submit comments on proposed rules.


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Link to WebGrants

The Minnesota State Arts Board's WebGrants system is open for registration.

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Arts Research / Policy / Cultural Issues

Minnesota Arts Dashboard

Minnesotans have long believed that the arts are important. The Minnesota State Arts Board has created a dashboard to help report ways that the arts add value to our individual and collective lives, and some of the ways that Minnesotans show that they value the arts. The dashboard reports the status of 16 key indicators that fall under five broad, strategic outcomes. The data produced will be used to track progress toward achieving those five outcomes, to ensure that all Minnesotans are benefitting from public funding for the arts, and to inform the way the Minnesota State Arts Board and Minnesota's eleven regional arts councils invest state resources in programs and services. Click here to download the Minnesota Arts Dashboard.


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