• Forecast’s grants support public art and public art-related activities. Forecast defines public art broadly to support a range of processes, formats, and contexts. See definition of public art below.
  • Applicants must be in the appropriate career stage for the opportunity for which they apply – either mid-career or emerging.
  • Applicants for the Mid-Career Project Grant must be mid-career public artists. Applicants for the McKnight-funded Mid-Career Professional Development Grant must be mid-career artists. Applicants for the Jerome-funded Emerging Artist Research & Development and Emerging Artist Project grants must be emerging artists. See definitions below.
  • An artist may only apply for one grant from Forecast during an annual grant cycle. Applicants who apply during the summer for the McKnight Project Grant cannot apply for other grants in the fall of the same year. Fall applicants can only apply for 1 grant opportunity.
  • Applicant must be a resident of Minnesota, having physically lived in the state for 12 of the past 24 months, and remain a resident throughout the project period.
  • Applicant’s project must be original and not duplicate previous work. Forecast grants do not support remounts or reinstallations, projects that begin prior to the start of the grant year, or projects that are ongoing.
  • No ticket sales or fees may be charged; all events and installations must be freely accessible.
  • Organizations and Forecast Public Art staff, Board, and Committee members are not eligible.
  • Students in K-12 educational programs or enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are not eligible.
  • Projects may be additionally supported by public or nonprofit agencies, or through in-kind sources, however, private commissions are not eligible.
  • Former grantees with outstanding final reports cannot be considered for additional Forecast grant funding until all final reports have been submitted and approved.
  • An artist is not eligible to receive a project grant from Forecast in two consecutive years. An artist can receive a Research & Development grant in consecutive years, or a Research & Development or Professional Development grant followed by a Project Grant.


  • What is a Mid-Career Artist? Mid-career artists are recognized by their peers and arts professionals, have produced an independent body of work and have a record of commissions, projects, or exhibitions.
  • What is an Emerging Artist? An emerging artist is considered as, “showing significant potential, yet…under recognized by their peers and arts professionals. Evidence of some professional achievement is expected but artists with an extensive record of accomplishment are not eligible.” Click here for more details.
  • What is Public Art?
  Broadly speaking, public art is artwork in the public realm, regardless of whether it is situated on public or private property, or whether it is supported through public or private funding. It can range from temporary to permanent work, murals to sculptures, interventions to performances. It can also be storytelling, iron pours, sound and light projects, dance and spoken word. It is free and accessible to all members of a community.

Professional Development

In addition to funding, Forecast Public Art grantees have access to a range of resources and opportunities during the grant cycle focused on networking and professional development. Grantee events provide a forum for dialogue among grant recipients and feature topics that change annually, catered to the needs and artistic practices of current grantees. Past events have included portfolio reviews, networking events, and workshops on topics from cross-sector collaborations to financial planning. A short year-end film detailing the work of each mid-career grantee is produced, providing participants with documentation and a unique work sample.

Benefit an artist’s development is one of the selection criteria considered by Forecast’s grant jury.

Strong mid-career grant applicants will have a solid history of experience as well as potential for further career development.

Strong emerging artist grant applicants will have some experience and show potential for future growth.

Grant Terms

  • Each artist selected to participate in the program will have a contract that indicates timeline, budget, services provided, and an outcome evaluation form.
  • Selected artists will receive, as needed, a limited number of hours of free consulting and/or facilitation time from Forecast Public Art staff, including assistance with site negotiation, liability insurance, community & media relations, and marketing.
  • You may involve other artists or design professionals, community members or groups, or hire established professionals to assist with your project. The applicant must lead and manage the team’s interaction with the project.
  • All artists receiving funding from Forecast Public Art agree that their projects will be developed and implemented to encourage universal accessibility in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). A universal environment or space is usable by everyone, people with and without disabilities, and of all ages.
  • All projects must be completed and final reports submitted to Forecast Public Art no later than November 30th (although for longer term projects extensions may be granted) of the grant year. Mid-Career Project grant recipients should plan to have the grant project completed no later than 18 months after the grant cycle begins. Participants are responsible for providing visual and written documentation to Forecast Public Art as part of their final report.
  • Selected artists may be asked to participate in grant workshops for future program years.
  • Selected Artists will be expected to communicate regularly with Forecast staff and submit information for promotional purposes on social media outlets.
  • Selected artists are required to acknowledge Forecast as the project funder on all materials related to the project.

Any variation from these terms, without prior written approval from Forecast Public Art, will result in withdrawal of the grant.

Artist Services support is available to answer questions and to assist applicants in navigating the application process. Email grants@forecastpublicart.org.