Next Step Fund grant guidelines and webinar

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Next Step Fund

The Next Step Fund, funded by the McKnight Foundation, provides project grants up to $5,000 to artists in any discipline for the purpose of research, career development and/or artistic achievement. Applicants may be at any stage in their career, but must demonstrate a history of activity in their artistic field. Individuals must have a primary residential address in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, or Washington county.

This grant is designed to enable individual artists to learn new professional or artistic skills, conduct planning and research for creative projects, increase their public visibility or reach, and/or produce new work.

The deadline for Next Step Fund applications is January 10, 2022. The grant application will open on November 15, 2021.

Before You Apply

Step One: Next Step Fund Grant Webinar

The Next Step Fund grant information webinar is designed to help individuals prepare their Next Step Fund grant application. The webinar covers funding, eligibility, program scope, and the details of applying for a Next Step Fund grant at MRAC. Participants will become familiar with the program and online application and will leave with clear expectations of the next steps to apply for MRAC funding.

There are two ways to access the webinar:


Attend the Next Step Fund grant information webinar via Zoom on Monday, November 15: 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM.

ASL interpretation and live CART captioning services will be provided. If you would like any modifications to aid your participation in this activity, please indicate requests in the registration form or reach out to Scott Artley at or 651-523-6384. For complete details about MRAC’s access services and accommodations, please visit

Register in advance for this meeting at this link After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Watch Later

Watch the Next Step Fund grant information webinar anytime after November 19th. The video will be embedded on the grant page

Additional Assistance

If you have general application questions or need technical assistance (for example help with resetting a password or logging into the grant interface), send an email to

If you would like to request a meeting with a Program Director to discuss eligibility and program intent and project idea development, or to receive other help with your application, fill out the Next Step Fund application assistance meeting request form at the bottom of this page The meeting request form will open on November 16.

Check out the Welcome to MRAC Grants page, which is intended to introduce new and returning applicants to MRAC grant programs and the grant-making process. You will find information about translation and accessibility options, and tips to apply to all of MRAC grant programs.

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