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Individual Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant

Grants to Minnesota Artists in Eligible
Regions for Arts and Culture Activities

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Lake Region Arts Council (LRAC)

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Deadline Date:

03/03/20 5:00 PM


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Grants to Minnesota individual artists in eligible regions for local arts and culture activities. Applicants requesting a higher amount must contact program staff in advance of the deadline. Funding is intended for initiatives that promote access to the arts, arts education, and engagement with the state’s arts and cultural heritage. Events must be open to the general public and serve the Western Central counties of Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin.

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

  1. Arts & Arts Access: Up to 79% 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. 
  2. Arts Education: Investing in lifelong learning in the arts: Up to 16% 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.
  3. Arts & 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 this state.

For a list of sample activities in each of the three key areas please, see:

Types of proposals that are eligible include, but are not limited to:

  • Projects for the production of Public Art.
  • School artist residencies.
  • Artistic performances.
  • Arts educational experiences.
  • Art workshops.
  • Art exhibits

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174005

Estimated Size of Grant:

An individual artist may request from $500 with no maximum amount.

Amounts allotted per category:
- Access: $23,550
- Education: $4,362
- Heritage: $850

Term of Contract:

Spring Legacy Grant Project Start Date: after May 22, 2020. All proposed projects and activities must have an end date no more than 12 months from the proposal start date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who can apply: Individual artists in all disciplines, those who seek help with creating, producing or presenting high quality art.

To be eligible for funding, the LRAC grant applicant must:
1. Be an individual artist in any arts discipline.
2. Be a resident of the LRAC region for a minimum of 6 months.
The LRAC region includes the nine counties of Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin. Residency is determined by voting location, payment of Minnesota state income taxes, possession of a valid Minnesota driver’s license or a current utility bill.
3. Be at least 18 years of age.
4. Be a United States citizen or have permanent resident alien status.
5. Do not intend to relocate your legal residence outside the 9 county LRAC region during the year of the grant project or until approval of the final report. Note: if grantee leaves the LRAC region before completion of the grant project, the grant funds must be returned.

Applicants receiving more than $10,000 must have the support of a qualifying fiscal sponsor.

Applicants are not eligible for funding who:
- Individuals that do not have arts/culture related activities as the focus of their proposals.
- Individuals whose primary focus is not the creation of art.
- Individuals cannot apply for the Individual Artist Legacy grant on behalf of a group of artists, i.e. musical act, acting ensemble, literary group. The artist group should solicit a community partner 501(c)3 organization or a local government entity to apply for the LRAC Legacy Organization Grant program on their behalf. An artist group is defined as a group of artists having a history of performing together and/ or performs under a recognized name, not a group that comes together for a one time project and then disbands.
- Have an outstanding final report on the deadline date due to the LRAC.
- Directors of the LRAC Board, LRAC employees, and independent contractor with LRAC or family members of LRAC Board, LRAC employees, and independent contractors. Family members defined as spouse, domestic partner, parent, child or spouse of a child.
- Individuals that have not submitted a complete and accurate application providing all requested information. The proposed budget must be accurate, detailed and appropriate to the purpose of the project.

For a list of ineligible activities please, see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

First time applicants are encouraged to complete the new grant training webinars.

Grant Writing Webinar - Tuesday, January 16, 2020, 6:00 pm

Register here:

Pre-Application Information:

The next application deadline is Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 5:00 PM.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the LRAC office early in the planning process so staff can provide assistance.

Applicants are notified of funding decisions within two weeks after the grant review. A notification letter will be sent to the applicant.

- Spring Legacy Grant Project Start Date: after May 22, 2020
- Grant Writing Webinar: Thursday, January 16, 2020, 6:00 pm
- Application Deadline: 5:00 pm, Tuesday, March 3, 2020
- Grant Review: LRAC Board Meeting, Tuesday, April 21, 2020

An applicant cannot be awarded more than 50% funding from LRAC and 50% from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Applicants requesting over $10,000 in funding from LRAC must do the following:
1. Contact the LRAC office prior to starting the application process.
2. Acquire a Fiscal Sponsorship (Agent) for your project. Submit the Fiscal Agent Contract as part of the grant application. Contact a nonprofit or Springboard for the Arts that is a nonprofit agency that offers this program. Note that there is a 7% fee with the Springboard program. Access the site here:
3. Prepare a presentation for the LRAC Board as part of the proposal.

LRAC welcomes your questions about eligibility, grant programs, and application support for grant applications. First time applicants are especially encouraged to contact the LRAC office prior to starting an application, after first reviewing the guidelines and application instructions. Contact Betsy Ostenson to set up an appointment in person or by phone.


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

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Betsy Ostenson, Grants Manager
Phone: 218‐739‐5780
Toll Free 800‐262‐2787 (MN)

Lake Region Arts Council
133 South Mill Street,
Fergus Falls, MN 56537

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USA: Minnesota: Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin counties.

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