-Minnesota State Arts Board - Minnesota North Star

Creative Individuals

This pilot program provides support to help individual artists and culture bearers develop or sustain their creative practices and meaningfully engage with Minnesotans. Grantees may use funds to support their creative practice and meaningfully connect to and engage with audiences, participants, students, and/or communities during the grant period.

Program overview and application instructions

FY 2025 Creative Individuals Program Overview and Application Instructions—All applicants should read this document thoroughly before beginning online application.

Application deadline

April 5, 2024, before 4:30 p.m.

New for FY 2025
There will be one application deadline for Creative Individuals in FY 2025.

When will funds be awarded?

Grant awards will be approved at the December 2024 board meeting. The grant period for these awards will be February 2025 - January 2026; all funded activities must take place within the grant period.

Who can apply?

  • Individual artists working in dance, media arts, music, photography, poetry, prose, theater, two-dimensional or three-dimensional visual art; and
  • Culture bearers who have been trained by traditional elders or master artists and whose artistic practice is reflective of the cultural life of a community.

An individual may submit an application in only one of the following programs in FY 2025: Creative Individuals, Arts Experiences, Arts Education, or Cultural Expression.

Additional eligibility requirements are included in the FY 2025 Creative Individuals Program Overview and Application Instructions. Please review all eligibility requirements carefully before beginning an application.

Grant range

Applicants may request between $2,000 - $10,000. No cash match is required.

Resources for applicants

Information Session
FY 2025 Creative Individuals Information Session and Q&A with Program Officers
Wednesday, February 28
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Free, virtual, no registration required

Learn more about the FY 2025 Creative Individuals grant program. This virtual information session will provide details about the program purpose, eligibility, and application process. There will be time at the end of the session for a live Q&A with program officers.

For information on how to join the session, visit the Information Sessions web page.

FY 2025 Grant Programs Overview
The Arts Board hosted two virtual sessions giving a high-level overview of the grant programs offered for individuals in fiscal year 2025. Potential applicants may wish to review the recording of either of these sessions to help determine which is the best fit for their work. Note that the program specific information session linked above will provide a more in-depth understanding of the Creative Individuals grant program for potential applicants.

FY 2025 Grant Programs Overview for Individuals– Recording | Download PowerPoint

Sample applications
The following applications were submitted by fiscal year 2024 grantees.
The files may take several minutes to download.
  • Sheila Coughlin
  • Christopher Griffith
  • Dralanda Larkins
  • John Marks

  • If you have questions or need assistance
    If you have questions about the content of the application form or narrative, please contact the program officer team:
    Jenny Dodgson, Jamie Marshall, Adam Wiltgen
    CreativeIndividuals@arts.state.mn.us
    (651) 539-2670

    If you have questions about the technical aspects of the online application form, or about how to submit the online forms, please send an e-mail message to:
    Chris Berry, grants management systems administrator
    Apply.Arts@state.mn.us
    (651) 539-2668

    For accessibility inquiries or accommodation requests, please contact:
    Annick Dall-Desbois, outreach and accessibility coordinator
    Annick.Dall-Desbois@arts.state.mn.us
    (651) 539-2651

    The Arts Board offers accommodations, such as alternate format materials, transcription, and other technical assistance, upon request. Grant application deadlines are not able to be extended for any reason. To ensure we are able to provide you access, please make your accommodation request as soon as possible, and no less than two weeks prior to a grant application deadline.

    All staff can be reached toll-free at (800) 866-2787 or via Minnesota Relay 711.

    How to apply

    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:

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