Minnesota State Arts Board
01/21/22 Before 4:30 PM
Grants to Minnesota nonprofit arts organizations to meet operational needs. Funding is intended for applicants working to provide arts programming, activities, and services throughout the state. The goal of the program is to provide resources to sustain eligible organizations in the arts sector.
Operating Support 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.
Program Outcomes: By ensuring that sufficient resources as 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: Formula Awards and Merit Awards. For more information, see http://www.arts.state.mn.us/pubs/pubs/fy2023-opsup-overview-and-instructions.pdf#page=8
GrantWatch ID#: 136384
Varies; minimum award amount is $15,000.
Operating Support grants include two components: formula award and merit award. The 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 qualifying expenses, averaged over fiscal year 2018 and fiscal year 2019. The merit award will vary based on the number of grantees in the applicant's assigned budget group that are recommended for merit awards, the merit dollars available for this program, and the merit score assigned by the advisory review panel.
During any year, a grantee may receive no more than 50 percent of its total operating expenses from the Arts Board.
The Operating Support grant program uses a four-year grant cycle.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply Online: https://apply.mnartsboard.com/index.do
For questions about the content of the application form or narrative, please contact:
Richard Hitchler, program officer
(651) 539-2653 or Richard.Hitchler@arts.state.mn.us
For questions about the required financial documents, please contact:
Dave White, director, finance and grants administration
(651) 539-2669 or David.White@arts.state.mn.us
For questions about the technical aspects of the application form, or questions about electronic submission, please contact:
Justine Pearson, WebGrants manager
(651) 539-2663 or Apply.Arts@state.mn.us. E-mail is preferred.
All staff can be reached toll-free at (800) 866-2787.
Minnesota State Arts Board
540 Fairview Avenue North, Suite 304
Saint Paul, MN 55104
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