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Cultural Community Partnership Grant Program

Grants to Minnesota Artists of Color, Nonprofits,
and Agencies to Support Arts Collaborations

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Minnesota State Arts Board

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09/08/17 4:30 PM


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $8,000 to Minnesota artists of color, nonprofit organizations, and public agencies for collaborative projects that create visibility and career development opportunities for individual artists of color. Applicants can collaborate on a project with another Minnesota artist of color or with a Minnesota nonprofit organization. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a webinar on August 10. First-time applicants to this program are strongly encouraged to call the program officer prior to beginning an application, after first reviewing the Program Overview and Application Instructions.

The proposed project must be designed to further the artist’s career or enhance the artist’s artistic abilities. Each project must include a community component that will draw visibility to the artist’s work. A public performance, exhibition, reading, open workshop, or demonstration that the public can attend, are some examples of possible community components.

The goal of the Cultural Community Partnership program is to encourage collaborative projects that create visibility and career development opportunities for individual artists of color. Proposed projects must address at least one of the following program outcomes:

- Minnesota artists of color develop their artistic practice, public profile, audiences, or professional network.
- Both project partners develop authentic relationships and arts experiences within or across diverse communities.
- Grantee organizations change, expand, or enrich the ways they connect to their communities.

Please Note:

An applicant may request and receive 100 percent of total project cash expenses up to $8,000. However, an organization that did not exist or had no financial activity in fiscal year 2015 may only request the minimum grant amount.

An organization that is a grantee may receive no more than 50 percent of its total operating expenses from the Arts Board. The 50 percent cap will be based on the applicant’s total operating expenses for fiscal year 2015, as demonstrated in its fiscal year 2015 financial statements. The identification of a “fiscal year” is the year in which it ends. For example: if an applicant’s fiscal year runs October – September, the period ending September 2015 would be FY 2015. Arts Board support includes an Operating Support grant, Community Arts Education Support Grant, one or more project grants, or a combination of operating and project support. Note that the 50 percent cap does not apply to individual artists. Grant funds are considered taxable income for individuals.

Cultural Community Partnership projects may be used for the following purposes:

1. For the creation and presentation of artworks representing the heritage of artists and/or communities of color;
2. For the creation and exhibition of visual art, either contemporary or traditional;
3. For the creation and presentation of plays, music, or choreography;
4. To support public art and design projects for neighborhoods or communities;
5. For arts components of neighborhood festivals or celebrations;
6. To support advanced study or residency for an individual artist with an arts organization;
7. To support mentorship between a master artist and apprentice;
8. For activities directly related to enhancing an artist’s career.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 144717

Estimated Size of Grant:

$1,000 - $8,000

Term of Contract:

Project Period: March 1, 2018 - February 28, 2019

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible individual applicants must be all of the following as of the application deadline:

- A professional artist applying as an individual;
- At least 18 years of age;
- A current Minnesota resident for a minimum of six months who will remain a resident throughout the contract period;
- A USA citizen, or individual who has attained permanent resident status;
- A person of color who is working with another person of color or with a Minnesota nonprofit organization.

Eligible organizational applicants must be one of the following:

- A Minnesota 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization;
- A public agency such as a unit of local, state, or tribal government; or
- An informal, unincorporated group that has a formal written agreement with a Minnesota 501(c)(3) tax-exempt or governmental unit fiscal sponsor.

Organizational applicants must also meet all of the following conditions as of the application deadline:

- Be located and operating within the state of Minnesota;
- Employ at least one paid individual, in a contract or salaried position, to provide administrative and/or artistic oversight of the project.

Who is not eligible to apply:

- For-profit organizations or groups that use a business structure that must report and pay taxes on taxable income;
- An applicant that is not in compliance with any active contract with the Arts Board;
- An applicant that has a report specified in a previous contract with the Arts Board that is overdue as of the application deadline;
- An individual who has received a FY 2017 Cultural Community Partnership grant as either the official applicant or partner;
- An individual who has received a FY 2017 Artist Initiative grant;
- An individual who has received two or more Cultural Community Partnerships grants as either the official applicant or the partner.
- A tax-exempt organization that falls under an IRS determination other than 501(c)(3).

For-profit organizations or groups, and organizations that have an Internal Revenue Service tax-exempt determination in a category other than 501(c)(3), may not use a fiscal sponsor to apply for a grant from the Arts Board.

An organization or individual may be the official applicant or partner on only one application in this program. An affiliate and its host institution may not both apply for a grant in the same program.

The following activities do not make an application ineligible, but Cultural Community Partnership funds may not be used for these purposes:

1. To support salaries or overhead of public or private schools, colleges, or universities;
2. To support academic credit producing activities or events which are primarily oriented to postsecondary students and the academic community;
3. For activities that take place outside of the project period;
4. For activities primarily intended to serve elementary or secondary school students;
5. For work on scholarly manuscripts or standard journalism.

What doesn’t the Arts Board fund:

1. Activities in which artists are required to pay excessive fees in order to exhibit or perform;
2. Payment of debts incurred before the grant activities begin;
3. Activities that are essentially for the religious socialization of the participants or audience;
4. Activities in primary or secondary level parochial schools;
5. Activities that attempt to influence any state or federal legislation or appropriation;
6. Capital costs (such as improvements, construction, or property);
7. Equipment requests of $5,000 or more;
8. To start, match, add to, or complete any type of capital campaign (such as endowment, debt retirement, or building campaigns);
9. Events that are not open and accessible to the general public;
10. Events that, when feasible, do not establish admission charges;
11. Payment of costs for activities that take place outside the geographic boundaries of the state of Minnesota.

Additionally, applications from individuals that include any of the following items will be ineligible:

1. Activities that involve any organization at which the applicant is employed and/or from whom the applicant receives a W-2 or 1099 form;
2. Paying for tuition, fees, or work toward any degree;
3. Paying for translating another person’s literary work;
4. Activities that are exclusively for curriculum development;
5. Costs for relocating the applicant’s or partner’s legal address/residence outside the state of Minnesota;
6. Paying for the establishment of any type of arts, other nonprofit, or for-profit organization.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Webinar and PowerPoint:
Thursday, August 10, 2017, 3:00 p.m.

The Minnesota State Arts Board is offering a one-hour Webinar to help applicants prepare to apply for the Cultural Community Partnership grant program. The session will focus on program basics and applicant questions. The Webinar is free of charge, but advance registration is strongly encouraged.

If you are not able to attend, but would like to view the PowerPoint used in the Webinar, it will be posted on the URL for Full Text (RFP) page following the August 10, 2017 session.

Pre-Application Information:

FY 2018 applications must be submitted and accepted before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 8, 2017. For more information about the timeline, see the calendar page:

First time applicants to this program are strongly encouraged to call the program officer prior to beginning an application, after first reviewing the Program Overview and Application Instructions.

Application Method:

All applicants are required to use the WebGrants system to apply, and will submit all materials electronically. Registration is required of all applicants before beginning an application to any Arts Board program. It is only necessary to register once.

WebGrants Tutorials - Two online tutorials are available to acquaint users with the WebGrants system:

- How to register as a WebGrants user online tutorial:
- How to use WebGrants online tutorial:

PDF versions of both of the above tutorials are attached below.

Contact Information:

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

To register for the August 10th webinar, visit the Information Sessions page:

Click here to apply online:

If you have questions about the content of the application form or narrative, please contact:

Sherrie Fernandez-Williams, Program Officer
(651) 215-1626

If you have questions about the technical aspects of the application form, or questions about electronic submission, please contact:

Tom Miller, Project Manager
(651) 215-1611

(Email is preferred)

All staff can be reached toll-free at (800) 866-2787.

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota