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Early-Career Artist Research and Development Grant

Grants to Minnesota Emerging Artists for Planning
and Research Related to Public Artwork

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Forecast Public Art

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Grants of $2,500 to Minnesota emerging artists to help support research, development, and planning related to public art. Funding is intended for activities such as community discussions, budget or site development, or model building connected with freely accessible public art installation or activity. Grants may be used for the development of proposals for other public or nonprofit agencies.

Forecast seeks to fund a diverse group of artists working in a range of public art practices and media. Particular emphasis is placed on supporting and amplifying the artistic work of artists of color, female artists, LGBTQ artists, immigrant artists, artists from rural communities, as well as non-traditional public artists.

Public art is 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. It can range from temporary to permanent work, murals to 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

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.”

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176400

Number of Grants:

Four grants

Estimated Size of Grant:

$2,500 each.

Term of Contract:

The funding period will be January 1, 2020 to November 30, 2020

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Emerging, 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.

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

Forecast grants do not support remounts or reinstallations, projects that begin prior to the start of the grant year, or projects that are ongoing. No ticket sales or fees may be charged; all events and installations must be freely accessible. 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.

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-proposal Conference:

A grant information session will be held:

Come Coffee + Chat with Jen Krava, Director of Programming + New Initiatives, to get 1-1/small group help with writing your Forecast Public Art grant:

Saturday, August 24, 2019, 9am – 10:30am
University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC)
2001 Plymouth Avenue North, Room 125
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Saturday, August 24, 2019, 11am – 12:30pm
Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-op
1500 7th St W.
St Paul, MN 55102

Thursday, August 29, 2019, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Juxtaposition Arts
1108 West Broadway Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
6:00pm – 7:00pm
University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center/UROC
2001 Plymouth Avenue North, Room 107
Minneapolis, MN 55411

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Pre-Application Information:

Applications open on August 12, 2019 and the deadline is October 16, 2019. Applications will only be accepted via the Submittable online application system. Applicants will be notified by mid-December.

The project site must be secured/uploaded by the application deadline on October 16, 2019 (written documentation of site approval is required for this grant).

Applicants may schedule a 30-minute feedback session to meet with staff to discuss grant proposals and receive feedback on draft application materials. To schedule a feedback session, send an email to the email address listed below.


Contact Information:

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

Apply online (after August 12):

For assistance and to schedule an appointment, email:

Email with any questions about the workshops.

Forecast Public Art
2300 Myrtle Avenue, Suite 160
St. Paul, MN 55114
(651) 641-1128

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota