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Nonprofits for Assistance with General Expenses

Institutional Support Grant Program

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North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA)

Deadline Date:

03/01/22 11:59 PM CST


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Grants of up to $11,000 to North Dakota nonprofit organizations focused on the arts for general expenses. Eligible organizations must have been in existence for at least four years. Funding is intended primarily for productions, presentations, exhibits, service to the arts, and school and community activities.

Program Goals

  • Arts organizations effectively manage and apply resources to maximize impact for North Dakotans.
  • North Dakota audiences are more likely to participate in relevant, inclusive, and accessible quality arts experiences.
  • North Dakotan communities are stronger or more vibrant because of art’s impact on social, civic, or economic life.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 134964

Estimated Size of Grant:

- $3,000 minimum request
- $11,000 maximum request

Term of Contract:

Grants are for projects taking place in the upcoming triennium for FY23 - FY25.

Project Dates: July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025

The Institutional Support grant program runs in a three-year grant cycle. Only one Institutional Support grant application will be accepted from an organization per triennium. Successful applicants will be awarded a proportion of available funding in each fiscal year based on its panel score and compliance during the grant period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants must be one of the following:
- An arts producing organization – An arts organization or arts affiliate that is primarily engaged in conceiving or creating artistic work, and in assembling the artistic elements for its productions, performances, or exhibitions.
- An arts presenting organization – An arts organization whose work consists of engaging artists, touring companies, or exhibitions that are external to the institution, including curatorial vision that is connected to mission and community.
- An artist service organization – An arts organization that plays a significant supporting role in service to practicing professional artists.
- An arts council – An organization or local government entity with a mission and activities to primarily stimulate and promote the arts, increase access and/or funding within a specific geographic area.
- A community arts school – An arts education organization with a community focused mission that provides open enrollment and arts instruction to individuals of varying ages or abilities sharing knowledge and promoting the development of skills and learning.
- An affiliate art presenting or producing organization hosted within a North Dakota 501(c)(3) tax-exempt institution or public institution – An arts affiliate is a distinct program or division within a public or 501(c)(3) nonprofit non-arts organization (such as an arts division of a city or tribal government, a public or nonprofit college or university, or a community service nonprofit) that primarily provides arts programming or services to the general public. It has a distinct and separate budget from the host organization for arts programming. An affiliate and its host institution may not both receive funding in the IS program, however, more than one affiliate of the same host may receive funding.

And All Applicants Must:
- Be physically located in North Dakota.
- Have majority of arts programming, services, or activities take place in North Dakota.
- Primarily serve and engage North Dakota audiences and participants.
- Have been in existence and have had its Federal 501(c)3 status, for a minimum of four (4) years, actively providing arts programming in North Dakota before applying to the IS grant program for the first time.
- Have at least one (1) part-time paid staff person in a contract or salaried position.
- Have programming that includes at least four (4) separate public events per fiscal year.

Ineligible funding requests:

Pre-Application Information:

Draft Review Application Deadline: Friday, February 11, 2022 – before 11:59 pm (CST)
To have your application reviewed, send an email request to the program officer by the above deadline.

Application Deadline: Before 11:59 pm (CST) on Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Applicants must provide a SAM (System for Award Management) Unique Entity ID (UEI) number.

No more than 50% of the total cash operating/programming costs may be requested from NDCA. For every one (1) NDCA dollar requested, the applicant must match or raise one (1) dollar from a cash source other than from NDCA or other federal agencies including the National Endowment for the Arts.

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

Apply online:

For questions or assistance, contact Program Officer Kim Konikow at or (701) 328-7592.

North Dakota Council on the Arts
105 North 4th Street
Bismarck, ND 58501

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