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Grants to Minnesota Emerging Artists to Develop Public Art Projects

Early-Career Artist Research and Development Grant


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Geographic Focus
USA: Minnesota

Important Dates
Deadline: 10/16/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants of $2,500 to Minnesota emerging artists to help support preliminary activities related to public art projects. Funding is intended to support the early steps of projects, including activities such as research, development, and planning. Eligible uses of funds include activities such as community discussions, budget or site development, or model building. Particular emphasis is placed 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 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.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
- Forecast’s grants support public art and public art-related activities. Forecast defines public art broadly to support a range of processes, formats, and contexts.
- Applicants must be in the appropriate career stage for the opportunity for which they apply – either mid-career or early-career.
- Applicants for the McKnight-funded Mid-Career Project Grant must be mid-career public artists. Applicants for the McKnight-funded Mid-Career Professional Development Grant must be mid-career artists. Applicants for the Jerome-funded Early Career Artist Research + Development and Early-Career Artist Project grants must be emerging artists.
- 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.
- 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.
- Applicant’s project must be original and not duplicate previous work. 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.
- Projects may be additionally supported by public or nonprofit agencies, or through in-kind sources, however, private commissions are not eligible.
- Former grantees with outstanding final reports cannot be considered for additional Forecast grant funding until all final reports have been submitted and approved.
- 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
Submissions for 2024 grants close October 16, 2023.

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

Number of Grants
Four grants

Estimated Size of Grant
$2,500 each grant

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

Contact Information
Apply online:

For assistance and to schedule an appointment, email:

For help submitting an application in English contact or 651-271-2792.

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

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