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Capital Grant Program

Grants to Minnesota Arts Nonprofits in the Twin Cities
Metro Area for Equipment and Capital Improvements

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC)

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Deadline Date:

09/09/19 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Minnesota arts nonprofits in Carver, Anoka, Dakota, Ramsey, Hennepin, Scott and Washington Counties to purchase equipment and related services and supplies, and to make capital improvements. Funding is intended to advance the organization's mission and create significant or long-term impact.

Capital grants project examples include, but are not limited to:
- Purchase of equipment (musical instruments, lighting board, video or sound equipment, etc.)
- Purchase of computer hardware and software
- Facility improvements to increase accessibility
- Facility improvements to performance or office space

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160309

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Capital program provides grants of up to $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects may not start earlier than November 20, 2019. The latest project end date is June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant groups must be ONE of the following:
- Federally tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organizations with annual operating expenses of less than $400,000.
- Informal and/or unincorporated arts-focused groups with expenses of less than $400,000. The applicant group must have a board of directors or advisory committee that provides input on the project and oversight of the grant funds and must apply with a fiscal sponsor (see page 9 for more information).

All Capital applicants must also:
- Have demonstrated two years of programming or service history by the grant deadline.
- If the organization is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, the group must also be registered and active with the Minnesota Secretary of State as a Nonprofit Corporation on the grant deadline. Groups who are informal and using a fiscal sponsor do not need to be registered with the Secretary of State, but their fiscal sponsor must be active with the Minnesota Secretary of State as a Nonprofit Corporation on the grant deadline. Groups may verify status or register at
- If the group has an in-progress MRAC Organizational Development or Capital grant, all activities and expenditures must be complete in their entirety by November 27, 2019.

Applicant groups cannot be:
- Organizations registered with the MN Secretary of State as a profit-making Minnesota business (e.g. Business Corporation, Limited Liability Partnership, MN Public Benefit Corporations, etc.).
- Individual artists.
- Public, private, alternative, charter, or home schools (this includes school support organizations such as PTAs, PTOs, school foundations, etc.).
- Community education units may not apply for management related grants for their arts programs. However, a community education unit may serve as a fiscal sponsor.

Ineligible requests:

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Capital grant application workshops are designed to help applicants groups prepare their grant applications. Workshops cover MRAC programs, funding, eligibility, program scope, and the details of applying for a Capital grant at MRAC. Participants will become familiar with the program and online application and will leave with clear expectations of the next steps in applying for MRAC funding.

Click on the links to register:

- Thursday, August 8 at 2:00 pm — 4:00 pm:
- Tuesday, August 13 at 5:30 pm — 7:30 pm:
- Thursday, August 15 at 9:00 am — 11:00 am:
- Monday, August 19 at 12:00 pm — 2:00 pm:

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for submissions is Monday, September 9, 2019, 11:59 PM. A Panel Review will take place the week of Nov. 11, 2019.

Applications must be submitted online. The application will be activated six weeks before each deadline. Contact MRAC with any difficulties accessing the online portal, but note that technical assistance is available only until 5:00 p.m. on the deadline day.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to reach out to the program director before you submit an application,
especially if you are a first-time applicant in the grant program.

The first Friday of the month from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. there are open office hours where you can drop in and have conversation with MRAC Program Directors. No RSVP is needed. Please check MRAC calendar in case of changes.

A 10:1 match of dollars is required for this grant program. The match can be general operating funds, past surpluses, other grants, and earned revenues you plan to raise.

Online resources:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:;

Bethany Whitehead

Metropolitan Regional Arts Council
2324 University Avenue West, Suite 114
St. Paul, MN 55114

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: The 7-county Twin Cities Metro Area: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington Counties