Institutional Support


Institutional Support is a grant program that provides general operating support to high quality nonprofit arts organizations with an established record of programmatic service and administrative stability that produce, present, or exhibit works of art. Applicant’s primary activity must be presentation, production, or service to the arts.

Application Deadline

Institutional Support is a three-year grant cycle. The next round of applications will be available in 2021/2022.

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Who Can Apply

Applicants must be one of the following: 

  • Federally tax-exempt nonprofit arts organization
  • Federally tax-exempt non-arts organizations and community education units. Arts budgets must be isolated from the larger entity’s budget and have an advisory committee for the proposed project.
  • Public entity such as a unit of state, local, or tribal government. Arts budgets must be isolated from the larger entity’s budget and have an advisory committee for the proposed project.

All Applicants Must:

  • Be physically located in North Dakota, Moorhead, MN, or East Grand Forks, MN;
  • 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 and actively providing arts programming in North Dakota before applying to the Institutional Support grant program for the first time
  • Have at least one paid staff person in a contract or salaried position
  • Have programming that includes a minimum of four (4) separate events per fiscal year
Grant Award Range
  • Minimum Award Amount: $3,000
  • Maximum Award Amount: $11,000
  • A 1:1 match is required

Grant Period - Multiyear Funding and Panel Review

The Institutional Support grant program uses a three-year grant cycle. Successful applicants will be awarded a proportion of available funding in each fiscal year based on its panel score, compliance during the grant period, and available funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Dakota State Legislature.

How to Apply

Instructions will be available 5 months prior to the grant application deadline date.

Application Method

  • NDCA is transitioning to a new online grant system, to learn more visit
  • All applicants will be required to use NDCA's online grant system to apply. Registration is required of all applicants before beginning an application to any program. It is only necessary to register once.

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