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Grants to Minnesota Arts Nonprofits and Arts Affiliates in Eligible Counties for Unrestricted Operational Support

General Operating Support Grant Program


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Geographic Focus
USA: Minnesota: Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd, and Wadena Counties

Important Dates
Deadline: 11/08/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants to Minnesota arts nonprofit organizations and arts affiliates of educational institutions in eligible counties for unrestricted operational support. Applicants must contact the funding source prior to submitting an application. Funding may be used for capital, operating, and administrative expenditures. Eligible applicants are those that are located in Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd, and Wadena Counties.

The program is intended to support organizations for which providing arts activities or services is their primary mission and purpose. The program recognizes that organizations with an established record of programmatic service and administrative stability should have access to funds to support their organizational goals, and to maintain their ongoing programs, services, and facilities without special emphasis on new initiatives as justification for funding.

Grants are awarded based on artistic quality, commitment to community access, financial health, and overall stability of the organization.

Each Operating Support applicant must identify one or more distinct and measurable goals that it intends to achieve with any support provided by the General Operating Support grant. 

The General Operating Support program is dedicated to the achievement of the following long-term strategic outcomes: 

  • The arts are interwoven into every facet of community life
  • Minnesotans believe the arts are vital to who we are
  • People of all ages, ethnicities, and abilities participate in the arts
  • The arts thrive in Minnesota

The Legacy Amendment requires that these Arts and Cultural Heritage funds support one or more of the following three areas:

  • Arts and Arts Access- Supports Minnesota artists and arts organizations in creating, producing, and presenting quality arts activities; to overcome barriers to accessing quality arts activities; and to instill the arts into the community and public life throughout Minnesota.
  • Arts Education- Investing in lifelong learning in the arts:  Supports 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: Funds may be used for events and activities that represent the diverse ethnic and cultural arts traditions, including folk and traditional arts organizations, represented in Minnesota. 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The General Operating and Capital Support grant program is open to
- Established 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts producing, presenting, or service organizations, or arts-specific affiliates of large institutions
- That have been in existence at least two years in one or more of the following Minnesota counties: Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena
- Do not receive any general support funds from the Minnesota State Arts Board
- Have no outstanding overdue for previous grant contracts as of the application deadline

For more eligibility conditions, see the Guidelines document in Supporting Documents below.

Who is not eligible?
- For-profit business
- Religious organizations
- An organization whose primary purpose is to influence public policy
- An organization whose primary focus is not the creation of art
- An organization without a 501(c)(3) designation, unless the organization is an arts-specific affiliate of a larger institution
- Any organization that is in violation of any past contractual agreements with FWAC, such as an overdue final report.
- Have had an FWAC grant contract/agreement terminated and funding revoked, but did not return funds to the FWAC.
- Arts organizations with less than two-years of established service
- Organizations intending to influence public policy or to proselytize a belief
- Schools, with the exception of arts-specific affiliate organizations of schools
- Organizations that receive Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support are not eligible to receive FWAc General Operating Support grants.

For activities that the FWAC does not fund, see the Guidelines document in Supporting Documents below.

Pre-Application Information
Accepting Submissions from 09/13/2023 to 11/08/2023

Applicants must contact Five Wing Arts Council to verify their eligibility to apply in this category.

If you do not have access to a computer, you are invited to make an appointment to use a computer at the Five Wings Arts Council office. Please contact the Grants and Program Coordinator.

Every applicant will receive notification of the board’s decision about their grant request within one month of the full board review.

Video tutorial:
Written tutorial can be found in Supporting Documents below.

Estimated Size of Grant
For information on funding amounts, see the Guidelines document in Supporting Documents below.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Grants & Program Coordinator
877-654-2166 (office)
701-200-1375 (Cell)

Five Wings Arts Council
121 4th St. NE
Staples, MN 56479

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