Folk and Traditional Arts grant program
The Folk and Traditional Arts grant program is designed to enrich Minnesota communities through folk and traditional art forms being passed on, documented, practiced and shared.
Folk and traditional arts refer to artistic traditions that come from and are rooted in the cultural life of a community. Community members may share a common ethnicity, geographic or regional identity, occupation, language, or tribal affiliation. Folk and traditional arts are learned and passed on through community based systems of training and education where younger generations learn and attain mastery of a form by observation and practice or through apprenticeships with elders and masters.
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 — all applicants should read this document thoroughly before beginning the application form.
Application deadline and project period
FY 2020 applications must be submitted and accepted before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2019. For more information about the application timeline and the project period, see the calendar page.
Who can apply
Click to see eligibility requirements.
$5,000 - $50,000
The applicant may request up to 75 percent of the project costs; a 25 percent match is required.
Resources for applicants
Webinar and PowerPoint
Thursday, April 18, 2019, 3:00 p.m.
The Minnesota State Arts Board is offering a one-hour Webinar to help applicants prepare to apply for the Folk and Traditional Arts grant program. The session will focus on program basics and applicant questions. The Webinar is free of charge, but advance registration is strongly encouraged. To register, visit the Information Sessions page.
If you are not able to attend, but would like to view the PowerPoint used in the Webinar, it will be posted on this page following the session.
Budget spreadsheet tool
To help applicants prepare a budget, download the budget spreadsheet tool.
The following applications were submitted by fiscal year 2019 grantees.
The files may take several minutes to download.
If you have questions or need assistance
If you have questions about the content of the application form or narrative, please contact:
Rina Rossi, program officer
If you have questions about the technical aspects of the application form, or questions about electronic submission, please contact:
Tom Miller, project manager
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: