Arts Grants available

Artists with disabilities (including visual art, writing, performance, music composition, etc.) may be eligible for many grants from regional and state arts councils, foundations and other community programs. Here are a few deadlines coming up.

Emerging Artist Grants from VSA Minnesota – due Dec. 1,

VSA Minnesota will shortly mail 2018 Emerging Artist Grant applications to Minnesota artists with disabilities who have expressed an interest in the past. These $2,000 grants, awarded with funds from the Jerome Foundation, enable artists to create new work. Applications must include a work sample and can include an artist resume and statement of why you do your art. Grants will be awarded in February 2018. Informational meetings will be held, and details including past recipients will be on the VSA Minnesota website. For more info, email, or call 612-332-3888 or 800-801-3883. Recipients of 2016-17 Emerging Artist grants are not eligible. Artists can receive help in filling out the information, or may be nominated by others who know their work.

Jerome Fellowship for Emerging Artists – due Sept. 1,

The 2017 Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists is open to artists who have an ongoing commitment to working in the arts, rather than engaging in art as a hobby, pastime or occasional pursuit and who have already completed their training if they have decided to pursue formal training at all. The foundation will award $60,000. For more information, go to: Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists. (NOTE: This is different from VSA Minnesota’s Emerging Artist Grants awarded specifically to artists with disabilities – also using Jerome Foundation funds.)

Minnesota Jewish Arts Council Grants – due Sept. 15, 2017
Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council, an initiative of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, offers Project Support grants up to $3,000. Requests must not exceed 50% of a project’s budget and must meet Rimon’s mission and its goals to promote and enhance Jewish identity through arts and culture, support arts and artists who broadly explore Jewish themes and to assist the greater Jewish community in developing a collaborative involvement with the arts. Guidelines and more information are at; or call 952-381-3449 or

St. Louis Park Arts and Culture Grants – due Sept. 11, 2017
The St. Louis Park Arts and Culture Grant for projects taking place in St. Louis Park in 2018 is open to St. Louis Park residents or non-residents for all types of arts and culture projects. Projects may support community pride, build bridges, showcase new and emerging artists and/or new opportunities for established artists, are accessible and appeal to large populations, engage people in creative learning experiences through the arts, or provide opportunities to increase and promote artistic production and cultural experiences. Up to $20,000 will be awarded. Apply at Questions? Contact Jamie Marshall, Executive Director, Friends of the Arts, 952-928-6422,

Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils
Grants for artists and nonprofit arts organizations are available from the Minnesota State Arts Board and each of 11 Regional Arts Councils. At the state level, deadlines are all past for grants for individual artists. These include: Artist Initiative, Arts Learning, Arts Tour Minnesota, Cultural Community Partnership, and Folk and Traditional Arts. Go to their websites for details and future deadlines.

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