Institutional Support


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, and community art schools, as well as cultural arts organization.

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.
Applications for the next triennium will be available 2025 for projects taking place FY26 - FY28.

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

Program Overview
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 and/or funding 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 sharing knowledge and promoting the development of skills and learning.
  • An affiliate art presenting or 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.

And All Applicants Must:

  • Be physically located in North Dakota.
  • Have 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 its 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.