We support public artists through funding and training. Grants, technical assistance, learning opportunities and resources advance artists of all skill levels.

2020 Grant Applications are now open.

Application Deadline: October 16, 2019

Grant-Funded Period: January 1 – November 30, 2020


Mid-Career Project Grant*
Supports the creation of a new, publicly accessible, temporary or permanent artwork anywhere in the state of Minnesota by a Minnesota-based mid-career public artist

Mid-Career Professional Development Grant 
Supports Minnesota-based mid-career artists seeking to expand or advance their careers in the field of public art, through a project idea or participation in career-enhancing activities

Early-Career Artist Project Grant*
Supports creation of a temporary or permanent public artwork anywhere in the state of Minnesota by an early-career Minnesota-based artist

Early-Career Artist Research & Development Grant
Supports early-career artists in public art related research and development or with the planning phase of freely accessible public art installation or activity in Minnesota

*Site permissions/approval must be uploaded in applications for Early-Career and Mid-Career Project Grants.


Forecast seeks to fund a diverse group of artists working in a range of public art practices and media. We place particular emphasis on supporting and amplifying the artistic work of artists of color, female artists, LGBTQ artists, immigrant artists, artists from rural communities, as well as non-traditional public artists. It is our value that our applicants, panelists, and grantees reflect the racial, cultural, gender, artistic, and geographic diversity of our state, and the stories and perspectives of the artists and communities we serve. Artists of color are strongly encouraged to apply.


Our experienced staff consult with artists on a sliding fee basis on such topics as career planning, project proposals, project management, and logistical questions that arise while creating public work. Contact with questions.


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Public Art Library
Forecast’s resources include a library of thousands of books, videos, artist resources, and more. Contact Jen Dolen to reserve space and/or visit our extensive library of public art materials, (651) 641-1128 or

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Grant Information Session

Join us to learn more about our grants through information sessions.

Thursday, August 29, 2019
6:00pm – 7:00pm
Juxtaposition Arts
1108 West Broadway Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Please RSVP
Please note the August 29th info session focused on grant writing, is led by Adrienne Doyle and Tori Hong, is by and for Black/Indigenous/POC identified artists.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
6:00pm – 7:00pm
University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC)
2001 Plymouth Avenue North, Room 107
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Please RSVP
Please note the September 18th info session is led by Aki Shibata and is open to all artists.

Coffee + Chat Application Assistance

Come Coffee + Chat with Jen Krava, Director of Programming + New Initiatives, to get 1-1/small group help with writing your Forecast Public Art grant.

Saturday, August 24, 2019
9am – 10:30am
University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC)
2001 Plymouth Avenue North, Room 125
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Please RSVP

Saturday, August 24, 2019
11am – 12:30pm
Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-op
1500 7th St W.
St Paul, MN 55102
Please RSVP

Need help with a grant or application assistance? Need assistance with submitting your application in English?

We can help connect you with resources. Contact Or Check out our Frequently Asked Questions and grant writing tips.

Unable to attend a grant information session or coffee+chat for application assistance?

The video at left covers detailed information about all of Forecast’s grants, how we define public art, and tips for writing your grant.

Funding for Grants

Forecast has been offering early-career artist grants supported by Jerome Foundation since 1989. In addition to funding, Forecast is dedicated to providing professional development and learning opportunities designed to assist emerging artists as they experiment/ hone their practices, and cultivate careers in the field. The McKnight Foundation generously enables Forecast to provide Professional Development Grants for mid-career artists seeking to expand their work in the field of public art. Forecast mid- and early-career grants are designed to support independent projects, leadership development, professional development, risk-taking, multidisciplinary approaches, and collaborative problem-solving in the field of public art.

Artist Opportunities

Organized below by region, opportunities include Requests for Qualifications (RFQs), grants, other calls for entry, as well as employment, fellowship, workshop, conference, and volunteer opportunities. Our best practice is to post Requests for Qualifications (RFQs) for artists/artworks, rather than Requests for Proposals (RFPs). If you would like to learn more about best practices for public art calls, please reach out to our consulting team at

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