Artist Initiative Grant


Artist Initiative grant program

The Artist Initiative grant program is designed to support and assist professional Minnesota artists at various stages in their careers by encouraging artistic development, nurturing artistic creativity, and recognizing the contributions of individual artists to the creative environment of the state of Minnesota.

Grants will be awarded for projects that will enhance or expand the applicant's artistic skills or process, and advance the applicant's career by helping the artist generate greater visibility with and exposure to potential audiences.

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.

Program overview and application instructions

FY 2020 Program overview and application instructions

Application deadline and project period

FY 2020 applications must be submitted and accepted before 4:30 p.m. on the deadlines below. For more information about the application timeline and the project period, see the calendar page.

  • Literary arts; poetry and prose: before 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 26, 2019
  • Performing arts; dance, music, and theater: before 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 26, 2019
  • Visual arts; media arts, photography, and two- and three-dimensional visual arts: 
  • before 4:30 p.m., Friday, June 28, 2019

Who can apply

Click to see eligibility requirements.

Grant range

$2,000 - $10,000

Resources for applicants

Webinar and PowerPoint
Thursday, March 28, 2019, 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 30, 2019, 3:00 p.m.

The Minnesota State Arts Board is offering two one-hour Webinars to help applicants prepare to apply for the Artist Initiative grant program. The sessions are identical in content and will focus on program basics and applicant questions. The Webinars are free of charge, but advance registration is strongly encouraged. To register, visit the Information Sessions page.

Budget spreadsheet tool
To help applicants prepare a budget, download the budget spreadsheet tool.

Sample applications
See the full list of sample applications.

Grants awarded
Summaries of previously funded applications.

Sample of grantee activities
Watch sample of grantee activities

If you have questions or need assistance

If you have questions about the content of the application form or narrative, please contact:
Sherrie Fernandez-Williams, program officer
(651) 539-2672
[email protected]

If you have questions about the technical aspects of the application form, or questions about electronic submission, please contact:
Tom Miller, project manager
(651) 539-2660
[email protected]
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:

How to register as a WebGrants user: online tutorialpdf version
How to use WebGrants: online tutorialpdf version




Opportunity Opens

Wednesday, Mar 13th 2019

Opportunity Closes

Friday, Jun 28th 2019, 4:30pm

Application Location

External Site
MN Artists