Two-Year Operating Support Grant

Grants to Minnesota Arts Organizations for
General and Ongoing Administrative Needs

GrantWatch ID#: 158090
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Arrowhead Regional Arts Council


10/28/16 4:30 PM

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Grants of up to $15,000 over two years to Minnesota nonprofit arts organizations in the Arrowhead region to support continuous operational needs and services. A workshop will be held on October 11, 2016. Applicants may request grant application draft reviews no later than two weeks prior to the deadline.

Grant proposals may request funding for the following expenses based on identified needs and proposed outcomes. The following list is not a complete list of eligible expenses:
- Pay general operating expenses (rent, operational insurance, supplies, utilities, travel, etc.)
- Hire paid staff for the first time or increase current staff time or salary (ARAC funding may not be used to pay employee health insurance or benefits).
- Pay for board and staff training or long range planning.
- Pay for program-related and administrative expenses (membership, data managing, public relations, marketing, branding, etc.)
- Purchase of equipment or small capital expenses necessary to the mission of the organization.
- Pay for staff or consultant time to create a fundraising plan that is sustainable.

Up to $15,000

Payments will be distributed over a two year period.

To be eligible to apply to the Two-Year Operating Support Grant program, an arts organization must reside in one of the following counties which constitute the Arrowhead Region: Aitkin, Cook, Carlton, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis.

Your organization must also meet all of the following requirements:
- Your organization must be physically located in the Arrowhead Region.
- The majority of your programming, services, or activities must take place in Minnesota, and must primarily serve and engage Minnesota audiences and participants.
- Your organization must be an arts producing, arts presenting, or artist service agency, dedicated primarily to the arts. “Primarily” is defined as meaning more than 75% of your organization’s activities and budget must be solely dedicated to the arts.
- Your organization must have a history of at least one year of arts-related programs and services prior to applying.
- Your organization must have at least one paid or designated volunteer staff person.
- Your organization must be a regional arts organization. Local chapters of state or national organizations are only eligible to apply if they are administratively independent or receive little of no funding from their parent group.
- Your organization must not currently be a recipient of MSAB operating support.
- Your organization must be a federally designated nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) and registered as a nonprofit in the State of Minnesota at the time of application, or may use another federally designated 501(c)(3) organization as a fiscal sponsor. If your group has not yet registered as a nonprofit in the State of Minnesota, you will be required to do so within three years of receiving your first ARAC grant.

The following organizations are ineligible to apply for project funding:
- For-profit organizations.
- Schools, universities, churches, radio and television stations, libraries, civic organizations, or other community service agencies.
- Organizations physically located outside of the Arrowhead Region.
- Organizations which currently receive MSAB operating support.
- Grant recipients with an overdue, unaccepted or falsified final report.

Organizations are also ineligible to apply for this program if their primary activities:
- take place outside Minnesota, and mostly serve and engage non-Minnesota audiences and participants;
- use art as a vehicle for other than artistic goals, for example: physical or social rehabilitation, historic interpretation, or socialization;
- require artists to pay excessive fees to take part in their programming and/or services;
- are designed for private audiences that are not open to the general public;
- replace or substitute public school curriculum;
- take place in primary or secondary level parochial schools;
- attempt to influence any state or federal legislation;
- involve setting up an endowment; or
- pay debts incurred before the grant activities.

A workshop will be held on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the August Fitger Room, Fitger’s Compex, 3rd Floor.

This workshop will go over the online application process, as well as focus on the Rural and Community Art Project grant program for organizations, the Two-Year Operating Support grant for organizations, and the Career Development grant program for individuals. This will be a great chance to get your questions answered and get specific program advice from the Grants Manager.

All applicants, especially first-time applicants, are encouraged to discuss proposal ideas and eligibility with the Director prior to starting a grant application.

The grant requires a 10% cash match from the organization. The itemized cash match in your two annual budgets must equal 10% of the total you are requesting from ARAC.

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

To apply, use the grant portal at
(218) 722-0952

Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
Marshall Professional Building
1301 Rice Lake Road, Suite 120
Duluth, MN 55811

Aitkin, Cook, Carlton, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis counties

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