Institutional Support is a three-year grant program that provides general operating support for arts nonprofits with an established record of high quality programmatic service and administrative stability. This includes arts organizations that produce, present, or exhibit works of art, artist service organizations, art councils, community art schools, and cultural arts organizations.

Application Deadline FY25

Current grantees: The application for FY25 is due on Friday, May 31, 2024, 11:59 p.m. CST.

Project Dates

  • July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025

Grant Award Range

  • $3,000 minimum request
  • $11,000 maximum request
  • A 1:1 match is required

For Questions or Assistance

Contact Program Officer Kim Konikow | | (701) 328-7592

Applications for the next triennium will be available in spring 2025 for projects taking place FY26 - FY28.

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Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants must be one of the following: 

  • An arts-producing organization – An arts organization or arts affiliate that is primarily engaged in conceiving or creating artistic work and in assembling the artistic elements for its productions, performances, or exhibitions.
  • An arts-presenting organization – An arts organization whose work consists of engaging artists, touring companies, or exhibitions that are external to the institution, including curatorial vision that is connected to mission and community. 
  • An artist service organization – An arts organization that plays a significant supporting role in service to practicing professional artists.
  • An arts council – An organization or local government entity with a mission and activities to primarily stimulate and promote the arts, increase access to the arts, and/or increase funding for the arts within a specific geographic area. 
  • A community arts school – An arts education organization with a community-focused mission that provides open enrollment and arts instruction to individuals of varying ages or abilities by sharing knowledge and promoting the development of skills.
  • An affiliate arts-presenting or arts-producing organization hosted within a North Dakota 501(c)(3) tax-exempt institution or public institution –  An arts affiliate is a distinct program or division within a public or 501(c)(3) nonprofit non-arts organization (such as an arts division of a city or tribal government, a public or nonprofit college or university, or a community service nonprofit) that primarily provides arts programming or services to the general public. It has a distinct and separate budget from the host organization for arts programming. An affiliate and its host institution may not both receive funding in the IS program; however, more than one affiliate of the same host may receive funding.

All Applicants Must:

  • Be physically located in North Dakota
  • Have the majority of arts programming, services, or activities take place in North Dakota
  • Primarily serve and engage North Dakota audiences and participants
  • Have been in existence and have had Federal 501(c)(3) status for a minimum of four (4) years, actively providing arts programming in North Dakota before applying to the IS grant program for the first time
  • Have at least one (1) part-time paid staff person in a contract or salaried position
  • Have programming that includes at least four (4) separate public events per fiscal year