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Grants to Ely, Minnesota Arts Nonprofits
to Present Quality Arts Activities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Donald G. Gardner Humanities Trust

Deadline Date:

03/23/18 Noon


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Grants to Ely, Minnesota nonprofit arts organizations for high-quality arts activities that will enhance the cultural and aesthetic environment of the city and surrounding area. Funding is intended for, but not limited to, activities such as special projects, presentation, exhibits, arts education and residencies, technical support for artists, and others.

For the purposes of this grant, fine arts are defined as those arts considered to be purely aesthetic or expressive as distinguished from the “useful arts”. They are considered to be painting, drawing, design, sculpture, architecture, ceramics, glassworks, literature, film or other video recordings, and the performing arts including but not limited to music, dance, and theater.

The following list is intended to help you understand the purpose of the grant program and is not a complete list of eligible opportunities.
- Public performances by touring artists or companies who might also work in schools.
- Presentations of assembled touring exhibitions.
- Presentations of performing arts events.
- Productions of exhibitions curated by the applicant organization.
- Artist residencies, lecture/demonstrations, master classes, and workshops that are open to the public (the artists may also work in schools).
- Project that commission new works of art or publish literature.
- Presentations of film or video screenings.
- Productions of public readings by local, regional, or national writers or poets.
- Publications of art or literature.
- Projects that provide technical assistance to arts organizations or the artists they serve.
- Projects which provide technical assistance to individual artists.
- Projects which enable organizations or individuals to produce or perform outside of Ely.
- Projects that promote or create arts criticism.

The Trust will evaluate proposals based on community impact, artistic quality and merit, ability to carry out the project, artistic need, and educational quality.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 128234

Term of Contract:

If you receive a Trust organization grant, you will have eleven (11) months to complete the project, unless the Trust board has been contacted prior to the project deadline and approves an extension.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to apply to this program, a fine arts organization or group must be registered as a non-profit in the State of Minnesota or be a federal non-profit, tax exempt 501(c)3 organization located in Ely.

A fine arts organization or group which has not yet achieved state non-profit status may be eligible to apply for a project with costs:
- Below $1000, as long as it provides clear documentation and receipts for money spent and submits a status report halfway through the project grant.
- Over $1000, as long as it collaborates with another 501(c)3 organization to act as its fiscal agent.

A fiscal agent is any federal non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization, or governmental unit, that agrees to manage the financial aspects of the project on behalf of a group that does not have IRS tax-exempt status. Your fiscal agent must be based in Ely or the surrounding area and may be an arts organization, school, city or governmental agency.

The following organizations are INELIGIBLE to apply for project funding:

- For-profit organizations.
- Trust grant recipients with an overdue final report.

This program does not fund projects where any of the following conditions exist:
- Artists are required to pay excessive entry fees to exhibit or perform;
- The project is designed for a private audience which is not open to the general public;
- The project begins before the earliest possible starting date specified in the information on deadlines.
- Projects that take place in ‘phases,’ unless the proposed ‘phase’ can stand alone as a distinct and individual project;
- The project is submitted by an educational institution or group whose primary audience for arts activities is students in a K-16 general education setting and the project replaces or substitutes for basic arts or music curriculum;
- The application is made by an individual;
- Funds are requested for a project that serves as a benefit or fundraiser;
- The activity engages in political lobbying or discriminates against persons or groups;
- The funds are requested for projects or services which do not result in a fine arts activity;
- The funds are requested for general operating support.

Pre-Application Information:

Grants are due by noon on March 23, 2018.

Board decisions and award contract information will be mailed within 14 days after that month’s board meeting. The Trust will make funds available within 4 weeks after receiving signed award contracts.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Mail applications to:

Keiko Williams
Donald G. Gardner Humanities Trust
PO Box 720
Ely, MN 55731

Or, drop off at the Ely City Hall, Clerk's Office, 209 E. Chapman Street.

For questions, call (218) 365-2639 or email

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Ely