The Next Step Fund


Metropolitan Regional Arts Council

The Next Step Fund, funded by The McKnight Foundation and administered by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, provides project grants up to $5,000 to artists, creators, and makers in any discipline for the purpose of career development and artistic achievement. Applicants may be at any stage of their career, but must demonstrate achievement in their artistic field and have a history of public presentation or community contribution. This is a highly competitive program. Please read the guidelines before you apply. The application will be activated on Monday, December 16, 2019. The deadline is Monday, January 27, 2020.

Potential applicants are encouraged to attend a grant workshop to learn about the grant program, application process, and how to write an effective Next Step Fund grant application. This is your opportunity to get questions answered on your project ideas.

Sign-up for a Grant Workshop at one of the Links below:

More information can be found at

Opportunity Opens

Wednesday, Dec 4th 2019

Opportunity Closes

Monday, Jan 27th 2020, 11:45pm

Application Location

MN Artists