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Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits in
Eligible Counties to Support Operations

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Arrowhead Regional Arts Council (ARAC)

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Deadline Date:

08/28/20 4:30 PM


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Grants of up to $8,000 to Minnesota 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, or St. Louis.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 158090

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of up to $8,000 will be made. 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 $2,000 and $7,000.

In a single ARAC fiscal year (July 1-June 30), an organization can receive grant funding of up to $20,000 total from
applications reviewed in all eligible programs.

For more about the Funding Formula, see

Term of Contract:

Grants will cover operating support for January 1 - December 31, 2021. All dollars must be expended by December 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants: Arts organizations in the following Arrowhead counties: Aitkin, Cook, Carlton, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, or St. Louis.
- State-registered and federally-recognized non-profit, tax-exempt organizations with a focus on the arts.
- Your organization must be an arts producing, arts presenting, or artist service agency, dedicated primarily to the arts. “Primarily” is defined as more than 75% of your organization’s activities and budget must be solely dedicated to the arts.
- 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 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.
- Local chapters of state or national organizations are only eligible to apply if they are administratively independent.

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. For information on how to use a Fiscal Sponsor, see the Fiscal Sponsor Guidelines page on the website, or contact the Council directly.

Ineligible Organizations:
- The organization’s primary activities are designed for private audiences that are not open to the general public.
- The organization’s primary activities function as graded school curriculum.
- The organization’s primary activities involve political lobbying or attempts to influence state or federal legislation.
- The organization discriminates against persons or groups.

Ineligible Activities:
- This funding is intended for general operating support to be used as the organization sees fit subject to the following restrictions.
- 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-proposal Conference:

ARAC schedules a variety of workshops, office hours, and one-on-one consultations before each grant deadline. Please consult the Announcements page at for the most recent information or call/email the grants manager to set up a one-on-one consultation. ARAC also maintains a guest computer in their offices if you’d like to work on your proposal during regular office hours.

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:
- Friday, July 17 to submit a Request for Virtual Site Visit form via the grant portal.
- Friday, August 28 to have completed your site visit. (If you received Operating Support grant for 2020, a renewal short-form application is due by Friday, August 28, 2020.)
- Applications due Friday, August 28, 2020 for support starting January 1, 2021.
- All dollars must be expended by December 31, 2021.

Applicants will be notified via email of the Board’s decision within fourteen days of the board grant review.

All applicants are encouraged to discuss proposal ideas and eligibility with the Director prior to starting a grant application.

Applicants may request grant application ‘draft reviews’ no later than 2 weeks prior to the deadline. The Director will review your application draft and give feedback for you prior to submitting your application for the Board to review. Draft reviews must be requested by contacting the Director no later than 2 weeks prior to the deadline.

Grant information can be made available in the following alternative formats: Braille, large print, and audio tape. The Arts Council also can help your group find a language interpreter to translate these guidelines. To accommodate your request, the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council will need at least 10 working days.

How to Apply:

Contact Information:

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


Contact the Director with questions:

Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
The Ordean Building
424 West Superior Street, Suite 104
Duluth, MN 55802
218-722-0952 or 800-569-8134
MN Relay Service 1-800-627-3529

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Arrowhead counties: Aitkin, Cook, Carlton, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis


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