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Grants to Minnesota Emerging Artists for the Creation of Public Artwork

Early-Career Artist Project Grant


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Funding Source
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Geographic Focus
USA: Minnesota

Important Dates
Deadline: 10/16/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants of $8,000 to Minnesota emerging artists to produce and present public works of art in a wide range of disciplines. Artists are required to submit site permission with their application. For the purposes of these grants, public art can be defined broadly as artwork in the public realm, regardless of whether it is situated on public or private property, or whether it is supported through public or private funding.

Early-Career Artist Project Grants support the creation of temporary or permanent public artwork anywhere in the state of Minnesota by an early-career, Minnesota-based artist.

Forecast seeks to fund a diverse group of artists working in all career stages and a range of public art practices and media. They place particular emphasis on supporting and amplifying the artistic work of BIPOC and Native artists, LGBTQIA+ artists, womxn artists, immigrant artists, artists from rural communities, and artists with disabilities.

Public artwork can range from temporary to permanent work and can include murals, sculptures, interventions, performances, storytelling, iron pours, sound and light projects, dance, and spoken word. It is free and accessible to all members of a community.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Early-career Minnesota-based artists may apply. Applicant must be a resident of Minnesota, having physically lived in the state for 12 of the past 24 months, and remain a resident throughout the project period.

An early-career artist is considered as, “showing significant potential, yet…under recognized by their peers and arts professionals. Evidence of some professional achievement is expected but artists with an extensive record of accomplishment are not eligible.” These grants are not for artists early on in their public career, it is for artists of any discipline who are early in their career. If you are considered mid-career in your studio practice but have little public art experience, you would not qualify for the early-career grants, rather, you should apply for the mid-career grants.

Organizations and Forecast Public Art staff, Board, and Committee members are not eligible.

Students in K-12 educational programs or enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are not eligible.

Projects may be additionally supported by public or nonprofit agencies, or through in-kind sources, however, private commissions are not eligible.

An artist is not eligible to receive a project grant from Forecast in two consecutive years. An artist can receive a Research + Development grant in consecutive years, or a Research + Development or Professional Development grant followed by a Project Grant.

Pre-Application Information
2024 Application Deadline: October 16, 2023

The project site must be secured/uploaded by the application deadline on October 16, 2023 (written documentation of site approval is required for this grant).

An artist may only apply for one grant from Forecast during an annual grant cycle. Applicants who apply during the summer for the Mid-Career Project Grant cannot apply for other grants in the fall of the same year. Fall applicants can only apply for 1 grant opportunity.

Applicants may schedule a 30-minute feedback session to meet with staff to discuss grant proposals and receive feedback on draft application materials.

The project must be free and accessible to all members of the community.


Number of Grants
Two grants

Estimated Size of Grant
$8,000 each

Term of Contract
Grant-Funded Period: January 1 – November 30, 2024

Contact Information
Apply online:

For general questions or to schedule a feedback session with staff, please email

Forecast Public Art
2380 Wycliff Street, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN 55114
(651) 641-1128

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