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Grants to Minnesota Arts Nonprofits for Fine Arts Projects

Organization Project Grant


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Funding Source
Donald G Gardner Humanities Trust
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Geographic Focus
USA: Minnesota: City of Ely

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/27/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants to Minnesota nonprofit arts organizations and individuals collaborating with nonprofit organizations for the creation and presentation of fine arts projects in eligible communities. Funding is intended for activities in the areas of drawing, painting, sculpture, design, architecture, ceramics, glass works, literature, film or other video recordings, and performing arts including but not limited to music, dance, and theater. Eligible proposals benefit the City of Ely and its surrounding area.

What kind of activities does the Project Grant fund?

This 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 commissions 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 that may be a collaboration between an individual artist(s) and an organization
  • Projects that promote or create arts criticism

Community Impact Criteria

  • Project brings new opportunities or events to the community
  • Project provides a measurable benefit to the community
  • The Trust encourages projects that impact or engage children and families
  • The Trust encourages collaboration between artists and organizations


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 or federal non-profit status may be eligible to apply for a project grant request.

An individual artist(s) may apply for a project grant in collaboration with a non-profit organization. Interested individuals must contact the executive director to discuss the proposed project.

Who or what does this Project Grant not fund?

Any organization that is ‘for-profit.’
Any Trust grant recipient with an overdue final report.

This Project Grant will not fund any project that:
- Requires artists to pay excessive entry fees to exhibit or perform
- Is designed for a private audience and is not open to the general public
- Begins before the earliest possible starting date specified in the information on deadlines;
- Takes place in ‘phases,’ unless the proposed ‘phase’ can stand alone as a distinct and individual 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
- Is made by an individual without organization support (see above)

This Project Grant will not fund any project that:
- Has funds requested for a project whose primary function is to serves as a benefit or fundraiser
- Engages in political lobbying or discriminates against persons or groups
- Is for projects or services which do not result in a fine arts activity
- Funding is requested for general operating support

Pre-Application Information
Key Dates
- Begins: 9/6/2023
- Ends: 9/27/2023

Board decisions and award contracts will be mailed 30 days after the application deadline.

Common Questions:

Estimated Size of Grant
Awards may vary.

A fine arts organization or group which has not yet achieved state or federal non-profit status may be eligible to apply for a project grant request:
- Below $1000, as long as it provides clear documentation and receipts for money spent and may be required to submit 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 sponsor.

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.

Contact Information
Grant Portal:

Executive Director
Peter Schamber
Phone 218.365.2639

Donald G. Gardner Humanities Trust
P.O. Box 720
Ely, Minnesota 55731

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