Grants & Funding

Grants and Funding for Artists and Organizations

Our grant programs are an investment in the people, institutions, programs and projects that contribute to the health and well-being of our community at large. These funds make the arts more accessible, sustain a vibrant arts sector and recognize excellence in the arts.

Individual Arts Partnership Grants

Individual Arts Partnership (IAP) grants support artists and small musical ensembles and bands at any career stage, helping them realize their artistic vision, improve their artistic skills and build sustainable careers. A portion of IAP grants are funded by dollars from the Erin Koffler Memorial Fund, the Moorhead PEO and individual donors.

Funding for Nonprofit Arts Organizations

City Arts Partnership Grants, funded by the Tri-Cities, provide foundational support for the Metro’s non-profit arts organizations, from its largest and longest-lived arts institutions to small grassroots organizations.  Together, these vital arts entities provide programs, performances and services that annually reach a regional audience of more than 750,000.

Other Funding

Choice Bank Arts Partnership Grants

The Choice Bank Arts Partnership Grants aspire to grow and cultivate community through the arts, primarily to benefit underserved populations. 

For Choice Bank, this program is a natural extension of their People First values. Committed to making genuine connections through passionate and empowered people, Choice believes that when all citizens have the opportunity to thrive, it strengthens the whole community.

The grants are meant to invest in organizations and projects that will use the arts to make a valuable commitment to and impact on their community/constituency. 

Funds for the program are provided by Choice Bank. The grants are meant for projects that: 

  • Provide seed money to use the arts to encourage new thinking about how to accomplish mission-related work.
  •  Involve partnership and collaboration with arts groups or individual artists or arts educators. 
  • Serve an underserved population or populations.

Jade Presents Arts Partnership Grants

The Arts Partnership and Jade Presents aim to help musical artists with outstanding talent realize their artistic visions, improve their skills and build sustainable careers. We do this in part by providing grants ranging from $250 to $2,500 to support small musical ensembles and bands at any career stage. 

Jade Presents Arts Partnership Grants are currently closed due to COVID-19

Erin Koffler Memorial Fund

In October 2013, the Metro lost an important arts advocate and supporter, Erin Koffler. What made Erin such a terrific arts ally was that she contributed vital dollars to arts organizations, purchased work from local artists, and also attended arts openings and performances. She was an arts fan – and an arts champion. 

Her enthusiasm for the arts was contagious. After Erin’s death, her husband Monte Koffler set up a fund to honor Erin’s memory by allocating dollars toward support of an artist through the Individual Arts Partnership Grants. To learn more about what Erin meant to the arts community, please click the link to read an article by Dayna Del Val, published shortly after Erin’s death. 

Make a Contribution

If you would like to support artists by contributing to the Erin Koffler Fund, please contact Tania Blanich, Director of Operations

Applications are currently closed

Applications and other information will be communicated to TAP partners first before being announced to the general public. Become a partner to gain access to this and many other benefits of a TAP partner membership.

Tips and Tricks

At TAP, we try to make applying for grants as easy as possible for artists and arts organizations. As part of your partner benefits, you’ll have access to onsite subject matter experts, like Director of Operations Tania Blanich, who also hosts virtual information sessions before you submit your application.

Feel free to contact TAP early in the application process with questions or concerns. 

Whether or not you are a partner artists, grant programs include mandatory introductory meetings. These one-on-one guidance sessions provide you the opportunity to ask for clarification, but you may have additional questions as you write your grant. TAP’s Director of Operations will provide feedback on a draft application up until one week prior to the application deadline. 

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Contact Tania

Tania Blanich is the Arts Partnership’s Director of Operations

Tania Blanich - Director of Operations - The Arts Partnership