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Grants for organizations

These are grants available to nonprofit and fiscally sponsored organizations operating in Minnesota.

To learn more about fiscal sponsorship, read about our Incubator program.

Springboard Staff

Artist Resources Director

State agencies 

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:

Regional Arts Councils - Minnesota's unique, decentralized system of eleven regional arts councils.

The RACs disseminate state and other funding for 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.

NWMAC (Region 1) - Application deadlines are in August, November, February, monthly, and on an ongoing basis for five grant categories. Serving Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau counties.

Region 2 - Grant deadlines in five categories, August through April. Serving Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen counties

Arrowhead Regional Arts Council (Region 3) - Serving Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and Saint Louis counties. Grant deadlines for five categories in October, January, April, and July, as well as rolling deadlines.

Lake Regions Arts Council (Region 4) - Grant deadlines in four categories, September through March. Serving Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, and Wilkin counties.

Five Wings Arts Council (Region 5) - Grant deadlines in six categories on January 15th, April 15th, July 15th, October 15th, monthly, and on an ongoing basis. Serving Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd, and Wadena counties.

Southwest Minnesota Arts Council (Regions 6&8) - Eight grant categories. Serving Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lincoln, Lac qui Parle, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Swift, and Yellow Medicine counties.

East Central Arts Council (Region 7E) - Four grant categories. Serving Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and Pine counties.

Central Minnesota Arts Board (Region 7W) - Seven grant categories. Serving Benton, Sherburne, Stearns, and Wright counties.

Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council (Region 9) - All deadlines July through February. Four grant categories. Serving Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, LeSueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, and Watonwan counties.

Southeast Minnesota Arts Council (Region 10) - Most grant deadlines October 1st and April 1st, in six categories. Serving Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Olmsted, Mower, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, and Winona counties.

Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (Region 11) - Grant deadlines monthly and on an ongoing basis in nine categories. Serving Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington counties.

Private, corporate and community foundations

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.

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.

You can access The Foundation Center for free during regular hours at these locations in Minnesota:

Central Minnesota Community Foundation, St. Cloud (call ahead to reserve time and a brief orientation for new users)

Duluth Public Library - Main Branch

Hennepin County Libraries - Any of HCL's 41 branches

Rochester Public Library

St. Paul Public Library - George Latimer Central Library, Workforce and Innovation Center (3rd floor)

West Central Initiative, Fergus Falls (call ahead for an appointment)

Willmar Area Community Foundation (call ahead to reserve time and a brief orientation for new users)


See this FAQ to learn more about crowdfunding platforms, including GoFundMeIndieGoGoKickstarter and Patreon