Minnesota State Arts Board
01/17/20 4:30 PM
Grants to Minnesota nonprofit arts organizations for general operating support. New applicants are encouraged to contact the Funding Source prior to applying. Funding is intended to support organizations that provide services to artists, organizations that exhibit, present, and produce art, and arts conservatories and schools.
Operating Support is a grant program that provides general support to high quality, established arts organizations that produce, present, or exhibit works of art; to organizations that provide a broad range of services to artists; and to community arts schools and conservatories that make arts learning available to Minnesotans of all ages and abilities.
The program recognizes that organizations with an established record of programmatic service and administrative stability should have access to funds to support their organizational goals and objectives, and to maintain their ongoing programs, services, and facilities without special emphasis on new initiatives as justification for funding.
By ensuring that sufficient resources are available to sustain the arts and arts organizations, the Operating Support program is dedicated to achieving the following Arts Board long-term strategic outcomes:
Operating Support grants include two components:
See http://www.arts.state.mn.us/pubs/pubs/fy2021-opsup-overview-and-instructions.pdf#page=9 for more information.
The Operating Support grant program uses a four-year grant cycle. There are two types of application reviews: full application review and interim application review. For more information, see: http://www.arts.state.mn.us/pubs/pubs/fy2021-opsup-overview-and-instructions.pdf#page=10.
GrantWatch ID#: 136384
- Varies; minimum award amount is $15,000.
- Formula award will vary, depending on the overall number of grantees and the total dollars available for this program, and will be based on the applicant’s two-year qualifying expenses, as verified by financial information required with the application.
- Merit award will vary based on the total dollars available for this program, the number of grantees in the budget group that are recommended for merit awards, and the applicant’s most recent advisory panel review score as compared to the scores of other grantees in the budget group.
- During any year, a grantee may receive no more than 50 percent of its total operating expenses from the Arts Board.
- The Arts Board is unable to commit to a specific grant amount for the multiyear grant cycle. The grant amount will vary each year of the four-year period; each year, the grantee will be notified of its grant amount.
- The Operating Support grant program uses a four-year grant cycle. The board will make a commitment to provide annual grants for a four-year period.
- FY2021 funds must be expended by June 30, 2021.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
If you have questions or need assistance
If you have questions about the content of the application form or narrative, please contact:
Richard Hitchler, program officer
If you have questions about the required financial documents, please contact:
Dave White, director, finance and grants administration
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.
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