Arts in the Schools Grants

Provides public schools with up to $4,000 for projects such as artist residencies, arts field trips, juried student art exhibits, etc. 

Four young students proudly hold up their watercolor nature paintings as they stand around a table displaying more artwork.

Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley Elementary students exhibit their work during an artist residency with Christy Puetz.

Dates & Deadlines for FY 2025

(July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025)

  • Request staff draft review at least one week before deadline
  • 1st of each month, August 2024 – May 2025, or until funds are expended
  • Panel Scores: due by the 3rd Monday of the month
  • Board Action: 4th Tuesday of the month
  • Earliest Project Start Date: the first day of the following month

Example: An application submitted August 20 would be in time for the September 1 deadline, which would have an earliest project start date of October 1.

How to Apply

Applicants may fill out and submit their application in several ways:

  • through our online grant system
  • in a Word document (see materials below), submitted by email to, along with required attachments
  • on paper with required attachments, submitted by mail (PO Box 55, Marshall, MN 56258) or contact us to arrange drop-off.

Contact us to request a paper application:, 800-622-5284.

Have questions or need help?

SW MN Arts Council grants administrator Caroline Koska is available to meet with you by phone, web conference or in person in Marshall to answer your questions on grant eligibility and using the application system or to review a draft of your application. 

Materials for FY 2025

(July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025)

FY 2025 Arts in the Schools Grant Guidelines

FY 2025 Application Questions (editable document for draft writing)

FY 2025 Budget Form (also available within the application)

FY 2025 Scoring Criteria

FY 2025 Scoring Rubric

FY2025 Final Report Questions (editable document for draft writing)

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