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Arts Legacy Grant

Grants to Northwest Minnesota Nonprofits, Government
Agencies, Schools, and Artists for Public Arts Events

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC)

Deadline Date:

03/01/19 - For Regular grants only; Artist Residency in Schools grants are first come, first served, and General Operating grants have no deadline


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Grants to Northwest Minnesota nonprofits, government agencies, schools, and groups of artists for arts projects, performances, and festivals serving the public. Eligible locations include Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau Counties.

There are three categories of Arts Legacy Grants:

Regular Grants:

- Between 3,000 and $10,000.
- Individuals can apply if very strong community component.
- This category is best suited for a series of projects and equipment expenditures that that arts organizations will need to make.
- This is also the main category to fund public art projects within communities such as murals and sculpture.
- The Foundation encourages one larger grant rather than several small grants for arts organizations.
- Aug 1, Nov 1, Feb 1 deadlines

Artist Residency in Schools:

- First come, first served program
- Music, dance, theater and writing residencies are funded at $2,100.
- Visual and photography residencies are funded at $2,100 + $400 extra for supplies.
- Deadline is on-going as funds remain.

General Operating (varies) no deadline:

Types of proposals that are eligible include, but are not limited to, projects for the production of public art, school artist residencies, artistic performances, community theater, and performance series or gallery series, art and cultural festivals, and arts educational experiences and art workshops.

The Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund will support activities in three key areas:

- Arts and Arts Access: Up to 78% of the fund will support Minnesota artists and arts organizations in creating, producing, and presenting high-quality arts activities; to overcome barriers to accessing high-quality arts activities; and to instill the arts into the community and public life in the State.

- Arts Education: Investing in lifelong learning in the arts. Up to 15% of the fund will support high-quality, age-appropriate arts education for Minnesotans of all ages to develop knowledge, skills, and understanding of the arts.

- Arts and Cultural Heritage: Building bridges between Minnesotans through arts and culture. Up to 5% of the fund may be used for events and activities that represent the diverse ethnic and cultural arts traditions, including folk and traditional artists and art organizations, represented in the State.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160366

Estimated Size of Grant:

Regular Grant:
- Individuals and Organizations: Up to $10,000.
- Schools and School Districts: up to $7,500

Artist Residency in Schools: $2,100; an additional $400 can be requested for visual and photography residencies.

General Operating: Varies

Term of Contract:

Projects must have an end date no more than 12 months from the proposal start date. In some cases you may extend to 18 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants and activities must be primarily within the service region.

Eligible applicants include:

- Arts Organizations, nonprofit, 501(c)3 who have the arts as a primary focus.

- Nonprofits, who do not have arts as a primary focus, such as schools, senior centers, community education, colleges. Can apply for a proposal for arts focused activities.

- Local governments, city, township and county. Can apply for a proposal for arts focused activities.

- Cultural Heritage groups may apply for a proposal for arts/folk art activities.

- Arts Groups/Organizations who are not officially designated as a IRS tax-exempt nonprofit must apply with a fiscal agent. Please call for assistance with questions related to fiscal agents.

- Groups of artists may apply together with one artist being the applicant as an individual. If an individual is the applicant the proposal must have a very strong community focus in order to be able to write narrative on the review criteria and succeed in the grants round. (Note: Individuals are more often served by the Artist Fellowship grant program.)

Eligible individual artists include: musicians, actors, dancers, writers, painters, photographers, and the list goes on and on. Although it does not include everything. The Foundation uses the National Endowment for the Arts guidelines in determining what constitutes arts.

Some projects for individuals work well as Arts Legacy Grants. These include projects that have a very strong community focus.

In the case of college students, the applicant's school or home mailing address must be in the service region.

Not Eligible:
- For-profit businesses
- Religious organizations
- Organizations intending to influence public policy

Activities not allowed:

- Activities that do not have arts or folk arts as their primary focus
- To compensate ongoing school personnel in full or in part.
- To pay an artist or arts organization to provide essentially the same services that an ongoing teacher or arts specialist would be expected to provide.
- For tuition for teachers to earn degrees, meet licensure requirements, or meet continuing education requirements to retain a teaching license.
- To supplant discontinued or nonexistent arts programs in schools.
- Purchase equipment for or improve facilities within K-12 public schools. The exception will be, if a nonprofit arts group uses the school facility for rehearsal, classes, performances, or exhibitions, and it needs equipment or facilities improvements for its own work. The arts organization could apply for and receive a grant and could develop a cooperative agreement with the school that spells out how the school could also benefit from the purchase items or improvements.
- Payment for new building projects

Types of expenses that are in-eligible for grant funds include:

- Purchase of food and drink
- Fundraising efforts

Pre-Application Information:

Regular Grants: Main deadlines are Aug 1, Nov 1, Feb 1; then on-going 1st of the month deadlines as funds remain.

General Operating Grant deadline: First come, first serve basis

Artist Residency Grant deadline: No deadline

School Artist Residency:
- Artists come to the school for one week exposure to a core group of students. It is highly recommended that schools work with artists who are on the juried roster by COMPAS or trained in our Artist Residency program.

- A pre-review of the application, budge, narrative, etc, is available prior to the deadline date. Two weeks prior to the Foundation's deadline is best. Contact the office to ask for a review of the application in its draft form within the on-line grant system. The Foundation is able to view the applicant's application during as one is completing it.

- When an applicant submits an application, it may take 1-2 months before a decision is reached. Submit proposals at least two months prior to the project start date.

Applicants are required to provide at least a 10% cash match and in cases of repeat sponsorship a 25% cash match.

Nonprofit arts organizations have a fiscal year maximum of $20,000 in this category; and all other organizations have a fiscal year maximum of up to $10,000 in this category.

If funds remain in March, all organizations can apply for more than the listed maximums within a highly competitive round in early April.

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Contact Information:

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

For online application:

Mara Lunde Hanel, Arts Council Director

109 S. Minnesota St.
Warren, MN 56762-1428

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau counties.