Grants in the arts

September 13 is the deadline for applications for FY 2020 Cultural Community Partnership grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board. These grants are designed to enhance the careers of individual artists of color and indigenous artists. Artists, at any stage in their careers, on collaborative projects with another Minnesota artist of color or with a Minnesota nonprofit organization. For details go to Program Overview and Application Instructions or contact program officer Sherrie Fernandez-Williams at 651-539-2672, 800-866-2787, or

The Minnesota State Arts Board’s other grant opportunities for individual artists have not yet announced the next deadlines:
Artist Initiative—Project grants for artists at all stages of their careers, to support artistic development, nurture artistic creativity, and recognize the contributions individual artists make to the creative environment of the state of Minnesota.
Arts Learning—Project grants to provide opportunities for lifelong learners to acquire knowledge and understanding of and skills in the arts.
Arts Tour Minnesota—Project grants to support touring performances, exhibitions, and other related arts activities throughout the state.
Folk and Traditional Arts—Project grants to support the artistic traditions and customs practiced within community and/or cultural groups by identifying, documenting, preserving, presenting, and honoring Minnesota’s folk arts and traditions.

September 15 is the deadline for applications for grants up to $6,000 for organizations and individual artists from the Region 2 Arts Council, based in Bemidji. For details: 218-751-5447, 800-275-5447,, or 505 Bemidji Ave. N., Bemidji (in the Watermark Art Center).

The Metro Regional Arts Council offers a number of grants for arts organizations in the 7-county metro area and one grant program for artists. The Next Step Fund, funded by the McKnight Foundation, provides project grants up to $5,000 to professional artists 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 six weeks before the deadline of January 27, 2020. Program director is Witt Siasoco, 651-523-6385,

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