Grant Resources and Calendars

This is a list of resources for grants and funding opportunities for artists. This is not a grant database, but a directory of actively updated grant calendars and resources available for finding grant opportunities and information. If you are an arts organization seeking fiscal sponsorship, please click here.

This listing is maintained by Springboard for the Arts as a service to the artist communities of the Upper Midwest. It is updated regularly, but information may change. None of these postings are sponsored, nor does making them available constitute a direct endorsement from Springboard for the Arts.

If you know of an artists’ resource that you think should be added to this list, please email us at resources@springboardforthearts.org.

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Grant Resources for Individuals

Minnesota State Arts Board – A state agency that stimulates and encourages the creation, performance, and appreciation of the arts in the state. MSAB provides five grant opportunities for individual artists in Minnesota. (Click to expand.)

  • Artist Initiative—Project grants for artists at all stages of their careers, to support artistic development, nurture artistic creativity, and recognize the contributions individual artists make to the creative environment of the state of Minnesota. (up to $10,000)
  • Arts Learning—Project grants to provide opportunities for lifelong learners to acquire knowledge and understanding of and skills in the arts. (up to $150,000). Applicant must provide portion of total project’s cash expenses from other sources. ✚
  • Arts Tour Minnesota—Project grants to support touring performances, exhibitions, and other related arts activities throughout the state. (up to $150,000). Applicant must provide portion of total project’s cash expenses from other sources. ✚
  • Cultural Community Partnership—Project grants to enhance the careers of individual artists of color. Artists, at any stage in their careers, can apply for grants to help support collaborative projects between two individual artists, or between an artist and an organization. (up to $8,000)
  • Folk and Traditional Arts—Project grants to support the artistic traditions and customs practiced within community and/or cultural groups by identifying, documenting, preserving, presenting, and honoring Minnesota’s folk arts and traditions. (up to $75,000). ✚

Regional Arts Council – Minnesota’s unique, decentralized system of eleven regional arts councils disseminates state and other funding for individual artists, local arts projects, arts in education residencies, general operating support for organizations and other local arts activities in each region of the state. Check the map for your region. (Click to expand.)

Jerome Foundation– Provides grants for not-for-profit arts organizations and artists in Minnesota and New York City. The foundation seeks to contribute to a dynamic and evolving culture by supporting the creation, development, and production of new works by emerging artists. (Click to expand.)

  • Literary Arts:
    Minnesota Emerging Writers’ Grant (for individuals): Provides writers with financial support and professional assistance to develop and implement multifaceted plans for their artistic endeavors. Grants of $8,000 are awarded to up to five individuals to underwrite projects of their own design. Contact loft@loft.org, 612-215-2575, or apply online here.
  • Public Art:
    Jerome Public Art Grants for Emerging Artists: This grant supports emerging public artists in the development phase of a freely accessible public art installation/activity in Minnesota. For public artists in any discipline. $8,000 will be awarded, pending public approval. For more information, contact grants@forecastpublicart.org, (651)641-1128, or apply online here.
  • Film/Video:
    Minnesota Film, Video, and Digital Production Grant Program (for individual film and video artists): Amount undefined. Applications accepted once a year with deadlines posted on the Jerome site. Contact info@jeromefdn.org, (651)224-9431 or apply online here.
  • Travel/Study:
    Travel and Study Grant Program (for individuals): Guidelines for the 2017 Travel and Study Grant Program will be posted summer 2016. The Travel and Study Grant Program application deadlines are announced online. More information is available here. Contact info@jeromefdn.org, call (651)224-9431, or apply online here.

McKnight Foundation– Provides fiscal support focusing on the state of Minnesota, with significant support also directed to strategies throughout the U.S. and in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. The foundation has a top priority to support arts and artists, through grant funding for working artists to create and contribute to vibrant communities. (Click to expand.)

  • Ceramic Artists:
    McKnight Artist Fellowships for Ceramic Artists at Northern Clay Center: Two fellowships of $25,000 awarded per year to ceramic artists through the Northern Clay Center. For more information, contact Dustin Yager at dustinyager@northernclaycenter.org, (612)339-8007×314 or apply online here.
  • Choreography:
    McKnight Artist Fellowships for Choreographers at The Cowles Center for Dance & The Performing Arts: Three $25,000 fellowships awarded per year through the The Cowles Center for Dance & The Performing Arts. Contact Mary Ellen Childs, McKnight Fellowship Program Director at McKFell@thecowlescenter.org, 612.206.3645 or apply online here.
  • Composers:
    — McKnight Composers Fellowship at the American Composers Forum: Four $25,000 fellowships awarded per year through the American Composers Forum. Contact William J. Lackey at (651) 251-2833, wlackey@composersforum.org, or apply online here.
    — McKnight Visiting Composer Residency at the American Composers Forum: Two $15,000 fellowships awards for a two-month residency in Minnesota, administered through the American Composers Forum. Contact William J. Lackey at (651) 251-2833, wlackey@composersforum.org, or apply online here.
  • Dancers:
    McKnight Artist Fellowships for Dancers at The Cowles Center for Dance & The Performing Arts: Three $25,000 fellowships awarded per year through the The Cowles Center for Dance & The Performing Arts. Contact Mary Ellen Childs, McKnight Fellowship Program Director at McKFell@thecowlescenter.org, 612.206.3645 or apply online here.
  • Media Artists:
    McKnight Media Artist Fellowship at IFP Minnesota: Four $25,000 fellowships awarded per year through IFP MN. Contact Eric Mueller, Program Administrator, IFP MN at emueller@ifpmn.org, 651-644-1912 or apply online here.
  • Musicians:
    McKnight Artist Fellowships for Musicians and the MacPhail Center for Music: Four $25,000 fellowships awarded annually, and additional finalists receive $1,000 for audition. This program is in partnership with the MacPhail Center for Music. For more information, contact Lindsay Lewis at lewis.lindsay@macphail.org, (612)767-5586 or apply online here.
  • Photographers:
    McKnight Artist Fellowships for Visual Artists administered by MN Artists: Eight $25,000 fellowships awarded each year through the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. For more information, contact Kerry Morgan, program director, at gallery@mcad.edu, (612)874-3667, or find more information here.
  • Playwrights:
    — Mid-Career Artists McKnight Advancement Grants administered by the Playwrights’ Center: Two $25,000 fellowships awarded each year through the The Playwrights’ Center. Additional funds include $2,500 to support a play development workshop and other professional expenses and $1,400 in travel funds. For more information, contact Artistic Programs Administrator Julia Brown at juliab@pwcenter.org or apply online here.
    — Advanced Artists McKnight National Residency and Commission, administered by the Playwrights’ Center: $14,000 awarded for a residency in Minnesota. Includes round-trip airline tickets, housing during the residency period, up to $5,750 in workshop funds to support the development of the play, a public performance reading of the commissioned play, and participation in the fall Fellowship Retreat. This program is in partnership with The Playwrights’ Center. For more information, contact Artistic Programs Administrator Julia Brown at juliab@pwcenter.org or apply online here.
  • Theater Artists:
    McKnight Theater Artist Fellowships, administered by the Playwrights’ Center: $25,000 fellowships awarded each year. This fellowship is for actors, directors, theatrical designers, and others whose main body of work is primarily an element of theater production. For more information, contact Artistic Programs Administrator Julia Brown at juliab@pwcenter.org or apply online here.
  • Visual Artists:
    McKnight Artist Fellowships for Visual Artists, administered by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Eight $25,000 fellowships awarded each year through the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. For more information, contact Kerry Morgan, program director, at gallery@mcad.edu, (612)874-3667, or apply online here.
  • Writers:
    The McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers: Five $25,000 awards are presented annually to accomplished Minnesota writers and spoken word artists. Four awards alternate annually between creative prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry/spoken word. The fifth award is presented in children’s literature and alternates annually for writing for ages eight and under and writing for children older than eight. This program is in partnership with The Loft. For more information, contact loft@loft.org, (612)215-2575 or apply online here.

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Grant Resources for Organizations

Minnesota State Arts Board – A state agency that stimulates and encourages the creation, performance, and appreciation of the arts in the state. MSAB provides nine grant opportunities for any nonprofit or fiscally sponsored organization in Minnesota. (Click to expand.)

  • Arts Access—Project grants to help arts organizations identify underserved groups or communities, identify the barriers that keep them from engaging in the arts, and develop and implement strategies to reduce or eliminate the barriers. (up to $100,000) Applicant must provide portion of total project’s cash expenses from other sources. ✚
  • Arts Learning—Project grants to provide opportunities for lifelong learners to acquire knowledge and understanding of and skills in the arts. (up to $150,000) Applicant must provide portion of total project’s cash expenses from other sources. ✚
  • Arts Tour Minnesota—Project grants to support touring performances, exhibitions, and other related arts activities throughout the state. (up to $150,000) Applicant must provide portion of total project’s cash expenses from other sources. ✚
  • Community Arts Education Support —This program provides operating support to build and strengthen the capacity of exceptional arts education organizations, or of arts education programs of public or nonprofit organizations that have a sustained commitment to providing ongoing, rigorous arts education opportunities in community settings. (up to $25,000)
  • Cultural Community Partnership—Project grants, to enhance the careers of individual artists of color. Artists, at any stage in their career, can apply for a grant to help support a collaborative project. (up to $8,000)
  • Folk and Traditional Arts—Project grants to support the artistic traditions and customs practiced within community and/or cultural groups by identifying, documenting, preserving, presenting, and honoring Minnesota’s folk arts and traditions. (up to $75,000) ✚
  • Minnesota Festival Support—Project grants to engage Minnesotans in festivals that celebrate the arts, build community, and expose communities to diverse art forms including folk and traditional arts. (up to $75,000) Applicant must provide portion of total project’s cash expenses from other sources. ✚
  • Operating Support—This program provides general operating support to high quality, established arts organizations that produce, present, or exhibit works of art; to nonprofit organizations that provide a broad range of services to artists; and to community arts schools and conservatories that make arts learning available to Minnesotans of all ages and abilities. (minimum $15,000)
  • Partners in Arts Participation—Project grants to human service organizations to enable people of all abilities, economic backgrounds, cultural heritages, and geographic areas to participate in the arts. (up to $25,000)

Regional Arts Council – Minnesota’s unique, decentralized system of eleven regional arts councils disseminates state and other funding for individual artists, local arts projects, arts in education residencies, general operating support for organizations and other local arts activities in each region of the state. Check the map for your region. (Click to expand.)

Jerome Foundation (Click to expand.) 

General Program Grant (for nonprofit arts organizations and fiscal sponsors applying on behalf of artists for the creation, development, and production of new works by emerging artists in New York City and Minnesota.) Amount undefined. Applications accepted on an ongoing basis. Contact info@jeromefdn.org, (651)224-9431 or apply online here.

McKnight Foundation (Click to expand.) 

 McKnight Foundation Arts Grants: Grants for organizational, general operating and project support, general operations of artist service organizations, and capital improvements. Amount undefined. Application deadlines on January 15, April 15, July 15, October 15. For more information, contact Vickie Benson, Program Director at vbenson@mcknight.org, 612-333-4220, or apply online here.

Bush Foundation– Through the foundations Community Innovation and Leadership programs, they invest in individuals and organizations working on issues that are important to their communities.

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More Grant and Funding Resources

For individuals:

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online – A service of the Foundation Center that offers information on funders that provide scholarships, fellowships, grants, and a wide range of financial support to individuals. This resource is free for Springboard Resource Center users. Contact a Resource Center staff person to be logged in. Other than at Springboard, this resource has free access at many locations across the country.

Selected national grants for individual artists – A Springboard for the Arts-compiled listing of regularly awarded grants and fellowships for individual artists anywhere in the United States.

New York Foundation for the Arts / NYFA Source – NYFA Source is a free searchable database for individual artist funding nationwide.

For organizations:

Arts & Culture Funders Database – A free calendar providing the next three months of deadlines for grants awarded by approximately 400 private and public grantmakers who have funded arts organizations (primarily) in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Area in the past, or report they are open to funding arts agencies in the Metro Area. A service of Access Philanthropy and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council.

Minnesota Grantmakers Online – A subscription-based resource of Minnesota funders, with free access at some major libraries.

The Foundation Center – A subscription-based resource with information about philanthropic opportunities worldwide. This resource has free access at many libraries.

GrantSpace – A subscription-based resource providing “easy-to-use, self-service tools and resources to help nonprofits worldwide become more viable grant applicants and build strong, sustainable organizations.” This resource has free access at many locations across the country.

For crowdfunding:

Perhaps your project would be appropriate for a crowdfunding campaign? Have a look at this crowdfunding resources page we’ve prepared for information on various platforms, FAQs, and additional resources.

For emergency funding resources:

If you are an artist facing an emergency situation, please refer to this list for local and national emergency funding resources by artistic discipline [PDF].

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