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Grants to Minnesota Arts Nonprofits in Eligible Counties to Support Operations

Operating Support Grant

GrantWatch ID# 158090
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Arrowhead Regional Arts Council (ARAC)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Minnesota: Arrowhead counties: Aitkin, Cook, Carlton, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis

Important Dates
LOI Date: 07/22/22
Deadline: 09/02/22 4:30 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $8,000 to Minnesota arts nonprofit organizations in eligible counties to support general operations. Applicants must request a site visit prior to submitting a proposal. Funding is intended to encourage the development of the arts in the community. Eligible applicants are arts organizations located in the following Arrowhead counties: Aitkin, Cook, Carlton, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
What Kind of Organizations are eligible?
- State-registered and federally recognized non-profit, tax-exempt organizations
- Accredited schools
- Tribal governments
- Units of government

If your group has not yet received non-profit, tax-exempt status, you may apply by using a non-profit organization, accredited school, tribal government, or other unit of government as a fiscal sponsor.

Organizations currently receiving Operating Support from the Minnesota State Arts Board (MSAB) are not eligible to apply to this or any other ARAC program, though they may serve as an eligible group’s fiscal sponsor or partner. Past ARAC grant recipients with an overdue, unaccepted, or falsified final report are ineligible to apply.

This funding is intended for general operating support to be used as the organization sees fit subject to the following restrictions. You will be required to report how the funding was spent at the end of the funding period.
- The funds cannot be used to establish or contribute to an endowment.
- The funds cannot be used for capital improvement or construction.
- The funds cannot be used to purchase real property.
- The funds cannot be used to purchase alcohol.
- No funds from this grant may be used for out-of-state travel or to support activities out of state.

Pre-Application Information
Important Deadlines for FY22:
- Friday, July 22, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. to submit a Request for Site Visit form (LOI) via the grant portal.
- Deadline EXTENDED: September 2, 2022 4:30 p.m. for support beginning January 1, 2023
- Applications open six weeks prior to the deadline.
- All dollars must be expended by December 31, 2023.

Staff are available to help you sort through your ideas, give feedback on your application, as well as encourage you.

Feel free to contact staff to receive feedback. The Executive Director can serve as a sounding board for all parts of the process. The Funding Source is also happy to help you navigate through the application and any technical questions that come up. The staff serves as advocates for all artists. Decisions about the grants are made by panels of artists and ARAC Board members.


Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Funding Formula for Fiscal Year 2022

All organizations that reach a minimum score of 75% in the board evaluation will receive a share of the funding. Organizations that receive a score of 70-74% may receive funding if a majority of the board supports awarding funding.

The funding formula will be based on both the arts budget size of the organization as well as their score in the assessment. The formula will be in addition to a minimum payment of $1,500. Most organizations will receive between $3,500 and $8,000.

Term of Contract
All dollars must be expended by December 31, 2023.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

Ordean Building
424 West Superior Street, Suite 104
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 722-0952

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