Winona Fine Arts Commission Grants

Special 2020 Fine Arts Commission Grant Relief Program

The Winona Fine Arts Commission (FAC) Grants Program is offering grant support during this continued time of great need with an immediate call for submissions. The FAC will offer $500 grants intended to assist creatives and organizations in continuing their practice and operations during the coronavirus pandemic. Completed applications are due no later than Monday, November 23rd, 2020 at 11pm. Submissions may be made by following the link

2020 FAC Grants Relief Application 

A specific project proposal is not required for these grants, although some applicants may discuss how funding would impact upcoming projects as part of their application. Up to six individuals and/or organizations will be awarded one-time grants of $500 each. The FAC will consider requests from individual artists and non-profit organizations in the Winona area whose work or creative practice has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. An individual’s permanent address or an organization’s business address must be within Winona city limits. Both emerging and established individuals and organizations are encouraged to apply. 

The FAC will consider the following criteria, as demonstrated through the application narrative and supplemental materials:

● Artistic merit, as demonstrated through the application narrative and supporting documentation, such as resumes and work samples

● Financial need, as demonstrated through the application narrative

● How the individual or organization contributes to the cultural landscape of Winona

● Likelihood of funding to help sustain and assist in the individual or organization in contributing to the cultural landscape of Winona

Application Process

Applications will be reviewed by the FAC in early October. Applications selected for funding will be recommended to City Council at the next regularly scheduled meeting. City Council must give final approval regarding the recommended allocation of FAC funds. See above to apply or click here

Application Deadline: September 30, 2020

Grant Period

November 1, 2020 - October 31, 2021.

Reporting Requirements

Grantees will submit to the FAC a final report detailing the impact of grant funds on the grantee’s work during the grant period. Reports shall be due to the FAC no later than November 30, 2021.

Previous 2020 Grant Awardees

Previously, The Fine Arts Commission (FAC) awarded grants to create art about or inspired by our fair city. All creative, visual, or performing artists who are Winona residents (or are enrolled as a full-time student at a Winona institution) were invited to apply for grants up to $1,000. Resulting artworks or creative projects will be installed or performed in a municipal space in Winona.  

  • Maria Anholzer to create an original art piece on what Winona has meant to those being drawn 
  • Mary Farrell to create an original score for her film "Raising Hell" 
  • Patrick O’Shea for a free concert from his community choir
  • Sharon Mansur for continued work on her dance piece "In The Space Between"

Grant Application Process

See above to apply or click here

Applications will be reviewed by the FAC. Those requests selected for funding will be recommended to City Council at the next regularly scheduled meeting. City Council members make the final decision regarding the allocation of FAC funds. Projects must be completed within 12 months of the date of the grant award.

The following does not apply for the current special grant program

Grant Administration

Grant recipients must use funding provided for the specific purpose of the original stated intent. Any major change in an approved project must be communicated to the FAC for approval in advance of making that change. 

The City of Winona will require a signed memo of understanding once the FAC recommends funding. The signed memo of understanding must be completed prior to the application being forwarded on to City Council. All recipients of FAC funds will be required to submit invoices monthly to the City of Winona in order to spend FAC funds.  It should be noted that the turnaround for reimbursement is typically two to three weeks.

All projects that receive FAC funds must acknowledge the support of the FAC in all materials distributed about the project (fliers, posters, mailings, etc.), all publicity (press releases, radio announcements, ads, etc.) and at the event, if appropriate.

Reporting Requirements

A final detailed financial and narrative report, including copies of publicity materials, must be presented at a regularly scheduled FAC Commission meeting within two months after the event is held. Any residual funds and/or funds raised on behalf of the FAC are payable to the Commission when the report is made.