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Grants to Minnesota Health and Human Service Nonprofits for
Arts Programming for Underserved Populations

Partners in Arts Participation

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Minnesota State Arts Board

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08/23/19 Before 4:30 PM


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to Minnesota health and human service nonprofit organizations to provide arts experiences to their constituents. Organizations must provide services for underserved populations. Funding is intended to expand opportunities for Minnesotans to participate in the arts.

Grant funds may be used by Minnesota nonprofit health or human service organizations to integrate the arts into their programming or services. Applicants may choose to have their constituents engage in existing high quality arts experiences, and/or may work with an artist or arts organization to design tailored to meet the needs of the constituents they serve.

Partners in Arts Participation funds may be used for purposes such as:

- Bringing in artists or arts organizations to offer arts programming at the applicant organization’s facility or at a location selected by the applicant.
- Purchasing tickets to one or more arts activities (performance, exhibitions, etc.) presented by the selected artist(s) or arts organization(s).
- Covering expenses for transportation, daycare, or other expenses that are perceived to be a barrier to arts participation for the applicant’s constituents.
- Planning and preparing the proposed arts activities, and implementing and evaluating the overall project.

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

- Minnesota health or human service organizations use arts to help achieve their service goals.
- Minnesota health or human service organizations develop authentic partnerships with artists or arts organizations.
- Grantee client populations have arts experiences that contribute to their well-being

Applicants should charge a fee for admission or participation whenever it is feasible to do so. Free programming may be a necessary strategy in limited circumstances—when cost is a barrier to participation, or when activities will take place in a setting (like a school or senior center) where it isn’t reasonable to charge for the service.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159273

Estimated Size of Grant:

Minimum grant amount – $5,000
Maximum grant amount – $25,000

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible organizational applicants must be one of the following:

- Health or human service organizations that have been designated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by the Internal Revenue Service.
- Health or human service programs that operate under the auspices of tribal governments.

Applicants must also meet all of the following conditions as of the application deadline:

- Be located and operating within the state of Minnesota;
- Employ at least one paid individual, in a contract or salaried position, to provide administrative and/or artistic oversight of the project;
- An eligible organization must provide service to underserved populations.

In general, organizations that provide the following kinds of programs or services are eligible to apply: healthcare; addiction/substance abuse services; mental health and crisis services; hunger alleviation; job training; housing for low-income, homeless, or vulnerable individuals; services that help refugees, immigrants, or at risk individuals prepare to become contributing members of society.

Arts organizations are not eligible to apply. Mutual or membership benefit organizations or organizations whose primary activities are meant to promote broad public goals or benefits are not eligible to apply.

For a list of ineligible activities, requests, and costs, see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

Partners in Arts Participation
Thursday, July 18, 2019, 3:00 p.m.

Register here:

To join a session:

Dial into the telephone portion to hear the audio:
Call the conference host at (800) 920-7487.
Enter the conference code: 8443 522 #
When prompted, say your name.

Log into the Web portion to view the PowerPoint presentation:

Pre-Application Information:

- Application deadline: Before 4:30 p.m. Friday, August 23, 2019
- Application review: December 2019
- Board approval: January 2020

All applicants must be registered as users in the WebGrants system in order to apply to any Arts Board program. New users must register before they may begin an application. Register early.

Applicants that need assistance should NOT wait until the day of the deadline, and/or the last few hours before the deadline, to contact the Arts Board. Doing so may jeopardize your ability to submit an application before the deadline.

A grantee 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. An organization that did not exist, had no financial activity, or had operating expenses of less than $10,000 in fiscal year 2017 may only request the minimum grant amount.

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Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

For questions about the content of the application form or narrative:
Natalie Kennedy-Schuck, Program Officer
(651) 539-2666

For questions about the technical aspects of the application forms, or questions about electronic submission, please e-mail the Arts Board at:

The following staff member may also be called regarding technical aspects, but e-mail is preferred:

Tom Miller, WebGrants project manager
(651) 539-2660

Minnesota State Arts Board
Park Square Court, Suite 200
400 Sibley Street
Saint Paul, MN 55101-1928

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

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