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New Events Grant Program


Explore Minnesota is no longer accepting applications for the 2019-2020 New Events Grant Program.

All funds have been conditionally awarded based on the successful completion of awarded events.

Explore Minnesota will post an announcement quarterly via the EMT Express, the industry site grant page and Minnesota's grant portal if additional funds become available. Funds would become available only if committed projects cancel or they cannot use all of the requested funds.

The dates to watch for are as follows:
Monday, Oct. 1, 2019
Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2020
Monday, Apr. 1, 2020
Monday, July 1, 2020

If you have any questions, please contact Lori Peterson at 651-757-1876 or

New Events Grant Guidelines 

New Events Grant Application

2020 New Event Grants Awarded

2018 New Event Grants Awarded

2017 New Event Grants Awarded

A total of $60,000 was available via Explore Minnesota for the continuation of the New Events Grant Program. Applicants throughout the state were eligible to apply for grant funds up to $15,000 for new events operations or bid/sponsorship programs.

The New Events Grant Program is designed to generate economic impact and increase media awareness of the state as an event destination by securing or creating new events in communities. Applicants must meet the minimum eligibility requirements and point thresholds to be considered for this opportunity.

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