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Cultural Expression

This pilot program supports activities that share, explore, pass on, express, or celebrate culture through the arts. Culture may be defined by a common ethnicity, tribal affiliation, geographic or regional identity, occupation, language, or recreation. Traditional and contemporary forms of cultural expression may be funded in this program. Funds could be used to support practicing a cultural art form; presenting cultural festivals, community celebrations, performances, media or exhibitions; offering demonstrations, etc. Funds could also be used to deepen or pass on cultural traditions through apprenticeships or documentation.

Program overview and application instructions

The FY 2025 Cultural Expression Program Overview and Application Instructions will be posted approximately 8 weeks prior to the application deadline.

Application deadline

July 12, 2024, before 4:30 p.m.

When will funds be awarded?

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

Who can apply?

Both individuals and organizations are eligible to apply. The applicant must be:

An individual

  • An artist working in dance, media arts, music, photography, poetry, prose, theater, or two-and three-dimensional visual art; or
  • A culture bearer who has been trained by traditional elders or master artists and whose artistic practice is reflective of the cultural life of a community; or

An organization

  • A 501(c)(3) tax-exempt arts organization; or
  • A 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonarts organization that regularly offers arts programming as an integral part of its mission; or
  • A unit of state, local, or tribal government; or
  • An arts affiliate of a nonprofit organization or public entity; or
  • An arts group without 501(c)(3) status applying with a Minnesota tax-exempt or public fiscal sponsor

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.

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

Additional eligibility requirements will be included in the FY 2025 Cultural Expression Program Overview and Application Instructions. Please review all eligibility requirements carefully before beginning an application.

Grant range

Applicants may request between $5,000 - $35,000. No cash match is required.

Resources for applicants

FY 2025 Cultural Expression Information Session and Q&A with Program Officer
Wednesday, June 5
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Free, virtual, no registration required

Learn more about the FY 2025 Cultural Expression 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 the program officer.

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 organizations and 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 Cultural Expression grant program for potential applicants.

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


If you have questions or need assistance
If you have questions about the content of the application form or narrative, please contact:
Jamie Marshall, program officer
CulturalExpression@arts.state.mn.us
(651) 539-2671

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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