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Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant (ACH)

Grants to Prairie Lakes Region, Minnesota Nonprofits,
Agencies, and Schools for Arts Activities

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Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council (PLRAC)

Deadline Date:

02/01/20 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $7,000 to Prairie Lakes Region, Minnesota nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and schools for a broad range of arts activities. First-time applicants are required to contact program staff prior to applying. Activities may be in the areas of dance, literature, music, media arts, visual arts, and theater.

The applicant or organization must have an address and provide arts programming within the Prairie Lakes region; the counties are: Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, LeSueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, or Watonwan County.

The purpose of this grant is to provide funding for organizations directly engaged in the creation of art, the production of artistic performances or arts services, or the sponsorship of quality arts activities in local communities. The Arts and Cultural Heritage (ACH) Grant was established for three specific purposes:
1. Arts Programming and Arts Access: to support Minnesota artists and arts organizations in creating, producing, and presenting high-quality arts activities; to overcome barriers to accessing the arts; and to instill the arts into the community and public life in this state.
2. Arts Education: to support life-long learning and appreciation of the arts, including support for K-12 activities that enhance but not replace school arts curriculum.
3. Arts and Cultural Heritage Festivals: for arts festivals and activities that represent the diverse ethnic and cultural arts traditions, including folk and traditional artists and art organizations, represented in this state.

Detailed description of program areas:
http://www.plrac.org/Grants2020/ACH/ACH_Guidelines2020.pdf#page=2

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 131201

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum Arts and Cultural Heritage grant an organization can receive in Fiscal Year 2020 is $7,000.

Arts Programming and Arts Access: Maximum request is $7,000.

Arts Education:
- Schools – maximum request $4,000.
- Non-profit and Community Groups – maximum request is $4,000.
- Youth Scholarship – maximum $300 for grades 7-12.
- Youth Scholarship – maximum $200 for grades 3-6.

Arts and Cultural Heritage Festivals: Maximum request is $5,000.

Term of Contract:

August 1, 2019 deadline: The grant period is one-year Sept. 1, 2019 to Sept. 1, 2020 or the time period the applicant designates. Note: applicants are encouraged to complete their projects within 9 months and submit their Final Reports by July 1, 2020 in order to be eligible again on Aug. 1, 2020.

February 1, 2020 deadline: The grant period is April 1, 2020 to April 1, 2021. Note: applicants are encouraged to complete their projects within 9 months and submit their Final Reports by January 1, 2021 in order to be eligible again for the Feb. 1, 2021 deadline.

Grants must be completed within one year of the awarding of the grant, unless an extension has been requested and granted by the Executive Director of Prairie Lakes.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council will fund the projects from non-profit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) arts organizations, non-profit community groups, units of government and non-parochial schools that are sponsoring an arts activity in dance, literature, media arts, music, theater and visual arts.

The applicant or organization must have an address and provide arts programming within the Prairie Lakes region; the counties are: Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, LeSueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, or Watonwan County.

First time applicants must have two years’ experience in their arts programming to qualify for an ACH grant and must submit financial statements that document that.

Applications from individuals or for-profit businesses are not eligible.

Not more than half of the grant can be used for salaries of paid staff.

Restrictions and Non-Fundable Projects:
http://www.plrac.org/Grants2020/ACH/ACH_Guidelines2020.pdf#page=6

Pre-Application Information:

This grant must be matched with at least 50% cash match or other earned revenue for Arts Programming and Activities; and the grant may not exceed 50% of the Project Expenses. The exceptions are: Arts Education category, which has a 10% cash match; and the Youth Scholarship has no match.

New applicants (those not receiving a grant in FY 2019) must contact staff prior to submitting an application to review the project, budget, and survey and evaluation component; otherwise the applicant will not be considered eligible for funding. The ACH Grant requires the applicant to do more evaluation of the project and conduct a survey of the audience members or constituents it serves.

There are two annual deadlines of Aug. 1, 2019 and Feb. 1, 2020. The applications submitted online on Aug. 1, 2019 will be reviewed at the Aug. 29, 2019 board meeting. The applications submitted online on Feb. 1, 2020 will be reviewed Mar. 26, 2020.

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM on the deadline date.

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Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council
105 22nd Avenue NE., Suite A
Waseca, MN 56093-2612

(507) 833-8721 or (800) 298-1254
plrac@hickorytech.net

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USA: Minnesota: Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, LeSueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, and Watonwan Counties

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