Next Step Fund: Funding for Artists

Next Step Fund

Program Description

The Next Step Fund, funded by 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. Successful projects will communicate a clearly defined set of activities that respond to a compelling challenge or opportunity for the individual applicant. MRAC will award approximately 35 – 40 Next Step grants in FY 2013. Consequently, this will be a highly competitive program.

An ideal Next Step project is one that helps an artist: overcome a barrier to significant, long-term 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.

How to apply

Next Step Fund grant applications will only be accepted through an online application process.

To apply, go to the online application site here:

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