Next Step Fund Grant Workshops Scheduled

The Next Step Fund, funded by The McKnight Foundation, provides project grants up to $5,000 to professional artists in any discipline for the purpose of career development and artistic achievement. Applicants may be at any stage of their career, but must demonstrate achievement in their artistic field and have a history of public presentation or community contribution. This is a highly competitive program. Please read the guidelines before you apply. The application will be activated on Monday, February 5.

Grant Application Workshops

Potential applicants are encouraged to attend a grant workshop to learn about the grant program, application process, and how to write an effective Next Step Fund grant application. This is your opportunity to get questions answered on your project ideas.

Sign-up for a Grant Workshop at one of the Links below:

Wednesday, February 7
9:30-11:30 a.m. at The Playwrights’ Center

Friday, February 9
10 a.m.-12 p.m. at MRAC (also live streamed on MRAC’s Facebook Page)
The video is available here at this LINK. It is not perfect, but can suffice. MRAC will continue to find ways to share this information electronically to reach more people.

Wednesday, February 21
6-8 p.m. hosted by NEMAA at Northeast Bank

Wednesday, February 21
6-8 p.m. at Indigenous Roots

Wednesday, February 28
2-4 p.m. at New Rules

Thursday, March 1
6:30-8:30 p.m. ArtWorks Eagan

All workshops take place in ADA accessible buildings. If any accommodations would help you in attend and participate in the workshops, please contact Bethany Whitehead, Program Director, at 651.523.6388 or

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