March 25, 2023
ST. PAUL, Minn. (Feb. 1, 2016) — The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council sent out a recent email notification regarding the upcoming Next Step Fund (NSF) deadline and workshop schedule stated past NSF grantees are not eligible to apply. This policy was changed in FY15 to allow for the reinstatement of eligibility to some past grantees.
For this coming deadline on March 7, 2016, grantees from fiscal years 2011 and 2012 are eligible to apply if their previously-funded project is complete. Those who received an award in 2013, 2014 or 2015, however, are not eligible to apply this round.
Please contact either Greg Nielsen (651-523-6381) or Bob Burns (651-523-6386) if you have any questions regarding your eligibility status.
The FY 2016 Next Step Fund deadline is Monday, March 7, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.
The Next Step Fund for individual artists, through generous support from 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. Full guidelines are posted on the Next Step Fund program page.
Attend an application workshop.
The Next Step Fund application workshops are designed to help individual artists prepare Next Step Fund grant applications. Participants will become familiar with the program and online application. MRAC staff does not offer individual consultations for this grant. The workshops are your opportunity to get questions answered.
Please click on the linked workshop date to register.   
Intermedia Arts

2822 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Conference Room
2324 University Avenue West, St. Paul, MN 55114
Bloomington Center for the Arts, Black Box Theater
1800 West Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, MN 55431
Open Book, Target Performance Hall
1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55415
The workshops are free, but we ask that you register in advance. Please contact us if you need special accommodations to attend a workshop.

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