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Grants to Minnesota Artists of Color and Nonprofits
for Collaborative Community Arts Projects

Cultural Community Partnership Grant Program

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Minnesota State Arts Board

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09/13/19 Before 4:30 PM


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $8,000 to Minnesota artists of color and nonprofit organizations for collaborative community arts projects that further the careers of artists of color. Funding is intended to support projects that create career development and visibility opportunities for artists.

The proposed project must be designed to further the artist’s career or enhance the artist’s artistic abilities. Each project must include a community component that will draw visibility to the artist’s work. A public performance, exhibition, reading, open workshop, or demonstration that the public can attend, are some examples of possible community components. 

Cultural Community Partnership funds may be used for purposes such as:

  • Creation and presentation of artworks representing the heritage of artists and/or communities of color.
  • Creation and exhibition of visual art, either contemporary or traditional.
  • Creation and presentation of plays, music, or choreography.
  • Support of public art and design projects for neighborhoods or communities.
  • Arts components of neighborhood festivals or celebrations.
  • Support of advanced study or residency for an individual artist with an arts organization.
  • Support of mentorship between a master artist and apprentice.
  • Activities directly related to enhancing an artist’s career.

Proposed projects must address at least one of the following program outcomes:

  • Minnesota artists of color develop their artistic practice, public profile, audiences, or professional network.
  • Both project partners develop authentic relationships and arts experiences within or across diverse communities.
  • Grantee organizations change, expand, or enrich the ways they connect to their communities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 144717

Estimated Size of Grant:

Minimum grant amount – $1,000
Maximum grant amount – $8,000

Term of Contract:

This program funds activities that will take place between March 1, 2020, and February 28, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An eligible organization must:

- Be a section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization;
- Be located and operating within Minnesota; and
- Employ at least one paid individual, at the time of application, in a contract or salaried position, to provide administrative and/or artistic oversight of the project.

An eligible individual applicant or partner must:

- Be a professional artist applying as an individual;
- Be a United States citizen or have attained permanent resident status;
- Be at least 18 years of age;
- Have been a Minnesota resident for at least six months prior to the application date, and must continue to reside in Minnesota throughout the contract period; and
- Be an artist of color who is proposing a collaborative project with another artist of color or with a Minnesota nonprofit organization.

For ineligible applicants and unallowable costs, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

Webinar and PowerPoint
Thursday, August 1, 2019, 3:00 p.m.

The Minnesota State Arts Board is offering a one-hour Webinar to help applicants prepare to apply for the Cultural Community Partnership grant program. The session will focus on program basics and applicant questions. The Webinar is free of charge, but advance registration is strongly encouraged. To register, visit the Information Sessions page:

If you are not able to attend, but would like to view the PowerPoint used in the Webinar, it will be posted on the URL for Full Text page following the session.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted to and accepted by the online WebGrants system BEFORE 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 13, 2019. Submit your application well in advance of the deadline to prevent the possibility that unforeseen problems will cause you to miss the 4:30 p.m. cutoff.

First time applicants are encouraged to carefully review the Program Overview and Application Instructions and then call the program officer prior to beginning an application.

New users must register before they may begin an application. Register early. Registrants will receive a WebGrants user ID and password within one to two business days, which will also be used for subsequent WebGrants applications and grants management activity.

An applicant may request and receive 100 percent of total project cash expenses up to $8,000.

A grantee organization may receive no more than 50 percent of its total operating expenses from the Arts Board. The 50 percent cap will be based on the applicant’s total operating expenses for fiscal year 2017, as demonstrated in its fiscal year 2017 financial statements.

WebGrants Tutorials - Two online tutorials are available to acquaint users with the WebGrants system:

- How to register as a WebGrants user online tutorial:
- How to use WebGrants online tutorial:

PDF versions of both of the above tutorials are attached below.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To register for the August 10th webinar, visit the Information Sessions page:

Click here to apply online:

If you have questions about the content of the application form or narrative, please contact:

Sherrie Fernandez-Williams, Program Officer
(651) 215-1626

If you have questions about the technical aspects of the application form, or questions about electronic submission, please contact:

Tom Miller, Project Manager
(651) 215-1611

(Email is preferred)

All staff can be reached toll-free at (800) 866-2787.

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