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 artistic achievement. Applicants may be at any stage in their career, but must demonstrate achievement in their artistic field and have a history of public presentation or community
Please read the guidelines before you apply. The application will be activated six weeks before the deadline.
Stronger proposals will accomplish one or more of the following:
- Help an artist adapt or transition their creative process to address current social realities
- Help an artist overcome a barrier to success, professionalize, or increase artistic output and quality
- Complete a project that marks a significant milestone in their career
- Reach a new community or market
Grant Guidelines are available as a pdf below, or can be accessed in an Accessible text format via this link: Text Version Next Step Fund Guidelines