Foundation / Corporation
Lake Region Arts Council (LRAC)
Grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 or more to West Central Minnesota individual artists for activities that promote access to the arts, arts education, and engagement with the state’s arts and cultural heritage. Applicants requesting more than $10,000 must contact program staff well in advance of the deadline. Any events related to this project must be open to the general public.
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: https://lrac4.org/s/Legacy-Individual-Grant-Guidelines-2018-2019.pdf#page=4
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#: 174005
An individual artist may request from $500 to $10,000 or more with no maximum amount.
The project start date must be after the LRAC Board Grant Review Date (see deadline calendar). All proposed projects and activities must have an end date no more than 12 months from the proposal start date.
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 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: https://lrac4.org/s/Legacy-Individual-Grant-Guidelines-2018-2019.pdf#page=6
Applicants receiving more than $10,000 must have the support of a qualifying fiscal sponsor.
First-time applicants should plan to attend a grant writing workshop, held 5 weeks prior to the grant deadline.
Round #2 Spring Legacy Grant:
Grant Writing Webinar - Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 6:00 pm
LRAC staff will explain the grant guidelines and application questions; the Foundation wants to help you write the best application possible.
The grant writing workshops will be offered in person or live on line. After the grant writing workshop date, the grant writing webinar will be made available on the Tip Sheets and Webinars Page.
Tip Sheets and Webinars: https://lrac4.org/tip-sheets-and-webinars/
Round #2 - Spring Legacy Grant:
- Project Start Date after April 16, 2019
- Midnight, Tuesday, March 5, 2019
- LRAC Board Meeting, Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Applicants are notified of funding decisions within two weeks after the grant review. A notification letter will be sent to the applicant.
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.
For additional requirements, see: https://lrac4.org/s/Legacy-Individual-Grant-Guidelines-2018-2019.pdf#page=3
An applicant cannot be awarded more than 50% funding from Lake Region Arts Council and 40% funding from the Minnesota State Arts Board for a total of 90% combined funding for the total expense for the same project.
Important: Start working on your grant early, at least 5 weeks in advance of the deadline. Half of the grants submitted on deadline are disqualified for errors or omissions.
Grants submitted before deadlines are reviewed by LRAC staff; if omissions or errors are noticed, you may correct them. Grants submitted on deadline will not be reviewed by staff. These grants will be submitted for review "as is."
Individual Grants: https://lrac4.org/individual-grants/
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply online: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=lakeregion
Betsy Ostenson, Grants Manager
Toll Free 800‐262‐2787 (MN)
Lake Region Arts Council
133 South Mill Street,
Fergus Falls, MN 56537
USA: Minnesota: Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin counties.