Minnesota State Arts Board: Grants for Film

OVERVIEW: Minnesota State Arts Board supports arts projects and organizations within the state.

IP TAKE: Grant seekers applying to these grants will have to compete with artists and arts organizations from all other disciplines. Though a regional funder, the MSA Board fulfills an important gap in film grantmaking often overlooked by national funders.

PROFILE: Established by the Minnesota State Legislature in 1903, the Minnesota State Arts Board seeks to “advance the interest of the arts, develop the influence of art in education, and promote and encourage the performing and fine arts in Minnesota.” It provides film support through a series of grants for both organizations and individual artists.

The Cultural Community Partnership Grant Program supports individual artists of color, at any stage of their career. It also funds 501(c)(3) organizations seeking to enhance the career of an artist of color. Grant amounts range from $1,000 to $8,000. Check eligibility requirements here.

The Artist Initiative Grant Program supports Minnesota artists’ professional and artistic development. Grants fund “projects that will enhance or expand the applicant's artistic skills or process, and advance the applicant's career by helping the artist generate greater visibility with and exposure to potential audiences.” Grant amounts range from $2,000 to $10,000. Different artistic disciplines have different deadlines, so grant seekers should be sure to check the Calendar page for their deadline.

Arts Access Grant Program supports long-term collaboration between arts organizations and traditionally underserved communities “to create and/or increase access to meaningful art experiences.” Grant amounts range from $5,000 to $75,000. Check eligibility requirements here.

Arts Learning Grant Program supports projects that facilitate lifelong learning in the arts. Projects must partner learners with skilled artists for high quality artistic experiences. Grants range from $5,000 to $100,000. Visit the program’s page for eligibility requirements and to apply.

Arts Tour Minnesota Grant Program seeks to fund projects that provide increased access to high quality arts experiences throughout the state. Grants support hosting organizations presenting tours by literary, visual, and performing artists. Grant range from $10,000 to $150,000 and cover up to 75% of the total cost.

Community Arts Education Support Grant Program supports programs and organizations that provide Minnesotans with access to high quality community arts education opportunities. Grants range from $8,000 to $25,000. Visit the program’s page for eligibility requirements and to apply.

Folk and Traditional Arts Grant Program supports programs that enrich communities by passing on, documenting, practicing, and sharing folk and traditional art forms. Grant amounts range from $5,000 to $50,000. Check eligibility requirements here.

Minnesota Festival Support Grant Program supports “festivals that celebrate the arts, build community, and expose communities to diverse art forms.” Grant amounts range from $5,000 to $50,000. Visit the program’s page for eligibility requirements and to apply.

Operating Support Grant Program supports established arts organizations that exhibit works of art, provide services for artists, and make arts education available to Minnesotans. Grant amounts range from $15,000 on up. Visit the program’s page for eligibility requirements and to apply.

Partners in Arts Participation Grant Program supports programs that increase opportunities for Minnesotans to participate in the arts, especially nonprofit health or human services organizations seeking “to integrate the arts into their programming or services.” Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000. Visit the program’s page for eligibility requirements and to apply.

New grant seekers can find a list of previous grantees here and a complete list of Minnesota’s regional arts councils and links to their websites here. Check the Calendar page for submission deadlines.

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