Applications Open
Late Spring 2019
Deadline to Apply
The application is closed
Dameun Strange, The Cedar. Photo by Pat O'Loughlin.

Two-year grants to organizations to support ongoing programs, services and activities for early career artists in Minnesota and New York City.

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Benjamin Benne, Monkeybear's Harmolodic Workshop.
Benjamin Benne, Monkeybear's Harmolodic Workshop.

Grant Basics

Two categories:

  • artistic or career development
  • opportunities that culminate in premiere exhibitions, publications, or productions

The average grant size in the most recent round was $70,000 (divided over two years at $35,000 per year).

Grants are awarded either

  • to support ongoing programs, services or activities (including professional development, research, workshops, readings, mentorships and/or residency programs) that either contribute directly to the artistic or career development of early career artists, or
  • to support ongoing programs (including re-grant programs, fellowships, and commissioning programs) that culminate in premiere exhibitions, publications, or productions by the grantee organization and that represent significant opportunities for multiple artists, collectives or ensembles to advance their work and their visibility.

Limited funds in both categories may be used to support capacity development.

Jen Shyu, In Seoul. Photo by Ryu Ijun.
Jen Shyu, In Seoul. Photo by Ryu Ijun.

Program Schedule

Applications for the first round of the program were accepted in 2017, with grants awarded in 2018.

by Dec 2018

Guidelines (currently under review) will be posted here.

late Spring 2019

Applications will open again in late spring 2019. Applications begin with a preliminary letter.

early Fall 2019

Based on a panel review of these letters, a smaller group of applicants is invited to submit full proposals in late summer/early fall.


Grants are awarded in 2020, with a subsequent round opening for applications in 2021 with grants awarded in 2022.

No applications will be accepted in 2020.

Program History

Grants in this program were first awarded in 2018. Previously, organizations would apply to the Foundation through the General Program.

In 2016, the Foundation surveyed more than 600 artists and organizations to gauge the most urgent needs and priorities of the arts field. Four specific themes emerged:

  • the need for multi-year funding
  • the need for flexible support
  • the need to address long-term capacity development
  • the value of deadlines in planning

Additionally, having set deadlines allows the Foundation and its panelists to think of the grants roster as a cohort—one that aims to represent the diversity of the field.




See prior panelists

Bronx Documentary Center exterior
Bronx Documentary Center