FY2017 LRAC Operating Support
Grants to West Central Minnesota Arts Nonprofits
to Strengthen Organizational Operations
to Strengthen Organizational Operations
Foundation / Corporation
Lake Region Arts Council
01/10/17 11:59 PM
Grants of up to $6,000 to West Central Minnesota small nonprofit arts organizations to support general operating costs. A pre-application workshop is scheduled for November 29. Eligible organizations serve the counties of Becker, Douglas, Clay, Grant, Pope, Stevens, Otter Tail, Traverse and Wilkin.
The total amount requested may be allocated between the four funding categories listed below, adding up to 100% of the funding request.
1) Operating support grants: rent, insurance, utilities, publicity, postage, etc. Proof of previous utilities expenses is required, statements or invoices acceptable.
2) Administrative support: salaries, etc.
3) Capital expenditures: purchase of equipment.
4) Building projects: construction, purchase, and renovation of buildings.
Grants may cover up to 10% of FY15 Annual Expenses, up to $6,000 maximum.
To be eligible for funding, the grant applicant (arts organization) must:
-Have the fine arts as its primary focus.
-Be a nonprofit arts organization with Articles of Incorporation on file with the State of Minnesota.
-Be located in the LRAC nine county region; Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin counties.
-Have been in existence and have actively programmed arts events for at least three years.
-The start date for the organization is the date listed on their MN Articles of Incorporation Certification or IRS Letter of Notification, which ever has the earliest date.
-Have a 501(c) 3 tax‐exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service.
-Submit a complete and accurate application, providing all requested information. The financial information must be accurate, detailed and appropriate to the proposed use.
-Have a Board of Directors that meets on a regular basis.
-Have their most recently completed year’s actual operating expenses less than $166,000.
-Have 60% of the programming be focused on the arts, must have 60% of the total operating expenses dedicated to arts activities and arts-related expenses.
-Be able to demonstrate the high quality of arts products, services, or activities they provide and their impact on the community.
-Give a specific intent for the funds to be granted. If requesting funding for utilities, provide proof of previous year’s utility expenses with statements or invoices.
-An organization receiving LRAC Project Grants may apply for LRAC Operating Support.
-Have a current year profile in the Cultural Data Project and granted CDP Funder Report “View Report” status to LRAC.
Applicants not eligible for funding:
-Any organization whose primary focus is not the fine arts.
-Any organization already receiving Operating Support Funds from the Minnesota State Arts Board or Operating Support from the McKnight Foundation is not eligible to apply for LRAC Operating Support. However, McKnight Operating Support grantees are eligible to apply for LRAC Project Grants. Call the LRAC office if you have questions.
-Schools, universities, public radio and television stations, libraries, museums, civic organizations (such as chambers of commerce and other community service agencies), churches, religious organizations, or units of government.
-Any organization, which has a final or mid‐term report overdue or not approved by the LRAC staff from past LRAC grants.
Applicants are encouraged to attend the grantwriting workshop prior to submitting a grant application.
The grant writing workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 3:00 - 5:00 PM.
Applicants are encouraged to contact the LRAC office early in the planning process so the staff can provide assistance.
Applications are due online by midnight on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply Online: http://lracgrants.org
Betsy Ostenson, Grants Manager
Historic River Inn
133 South Mill Street
Fergus Falls, MN 56531
Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin counties
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