Foundation / Corporation
Lake Region Arts Council (LRAC)
Grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 or more to Minnesota nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, schools, and local governments for arts programs, arts education, and the preservation of cultural heritage in eligible areas. Applicants requesting over $10,000 must contact the funding source prior to starting the application process.
The Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund will support activities in three key areas:
- Arts and 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 this state.
Such activities may be, but are not limited to:
- Investing in activities that make the arts available to persons who might not otherwise have access due to economic, geographic, or physical barriers.
- Ensuring that Minnesota’s artists have sufficient financial support to create high quality art.
- Investing in the long term health and vitality of Minnesota’s arts sector by supporting capacity‐building and professional development.
- Investing in efforts that enable Minnesotans to connect with arts and arts experiences.
- Investing in efforts to fully integrate the arts into local community development efforts.
- Investing in efforts to integrate the arts into local and state economic development planning.
- Investing in public art that is available throughout the state.
- Recognizing and rewarding artists and arts organizations, and arts providers for exceptional artistic quality and service to their audiences and/or the state.
- 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.
Such activities may be, but are not limited to:
- Investing in efforts that enable Minnesotans to connect with arts learning opportunities.
- Ensuring that artists are able to invest in professional development.
- Ensuring that arts learning opportunities are achieving intended outcomes through ongoing assessment and evaluation.
- 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 this state.
Such activities may be, but are not limited to:
- Providing Minnesotans with opportunities to celebrate our cultural heritage through events and activities that represent the range of Minnesota’s ethnic and cultural arts traditions.
- Ensuring that Minnesotans are able to experience folk/traditional arts of diverse cultures by supporting the work of folk and traditional artists/arts organizations.
Types of proposals that are eligible include but are not limited to:
- Projects for the production of Public Art
- School artist residencies
- Artistic performances
- Art and cultural festivals
- Arts educational experiences
- Art workshops
GrantWatch ID#: 175134
An organization may request from $500 to $10,000 or more with no maximum amount.
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.
All proposed projects and activities must have an end date no more than 12 months from the proposal start date.
Who can apply:
- Arts Organizations, nonprofit, 501 (c) 3 with the arts as a primary focus.
The applicant group must have a 501(c)(3) tax‐ exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service and be registered in Minnesota in the LRAC region or have a fiscal agent that is a federally designated 501(c)(3) tax‐exempt organization and is registered in Minnesota in the LRAC region.
Use of a fiscal agent is allowed on the organization's first application. An applicant may apply one time with a fiscal agent. The process of obtaining 501(c)(3) status must have been initiated or obtained for any subsequent applications. The proof of this step should be a copy of IRS Tax Exemption Filling from 1023 or 1023EZ.
- Non Profits, who do not have arts as a primary focus, such as senior centers, colleges, universities, and school districts/community education departments
- Cultural Heritage groups with nonprofit status in Minnesota.
- Local governments
- Organizations that do not intend to relocate outside the 9 county LRAC region during the year of the grant project or until approval of the final report.
Not eligible are:
- For‐profit businesses.
- Applicants that do not have arts/culture related activities as the focus of their proposals.
- Religious organizations.
- Organizations intending to influence public policy.
- Applicant organizations that are established and/or located outside of the LRAC nine county region of Minnesota; Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, and Wilkin counties.
- Applicant organizations that have an outstanding final report on the deadline date due to the LRAC.
- Organizations that have not submitted a complete and accurate application providing all the requested information. The proposed budget must be accurate, detailed, and appropriate to the purpose of the project.
Any community education department will be treated as operated by the school district and will be subject to all the LRAC grant guidelines that apply to schools.
Activities not allowed:
A. Requests for operating support from organizations that are receiving Minnesota State Arts Board Institutional Support grants during the same fiscal year, although such groups may apply to LRAC for Legacy project funding.
B. Projects that receive funding from both LRAC Project Grants and Legacy Grants for the same project during the same fiscal year. If your project is not funded in one grant program, you may reapply in the other grant program for the same project.
C. Activities that do not have arts/culture as their primary focus.
D. Activities intended solely for fundraising.
E. Requests that would reduce or eliminate accumulated deficits.
F. Projects for endowment funds, construction of new buildings, or purchase of real property (land or buildings).
G. Requests from nonarts organizations for building renovations, repairs or capital improvements.
H. Events that take place outside the borders of the LRAC region. Exception; field trips to art destinations outside of the LRAC region, but within the state of Minnesota.
I. Projects in which the activity is essential for religious socialization.
J. Events from which proceeds will benefit a secondary group, without prior LRAC approval. Budgets that request grant support for hospitality costs or purchases of supplies for “resale items”, including food. This applies to receptions and events, not to cost of meals for performing artists.
K. Projects, any component of which is primarily limited to students, staff or members. (Such as Girl Scouts, 4‐H, series subscription concerts, etc.)
Exception: This does not apply to school residency projects. A school residency will include an interactive learning component.
L. To compensate ongoing school personnel in full or in part.
M. 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.
N. For tuition for teachers to earn degrees, meet licensure requirements, or meet continuing education requirements to retain a teaching license.
O. To supplant discontinued or nonexistent arts programs in schools.
P. To purchase equipment for or improve facilities within K‐12 public schools and higher education institutions. The exception to this will be when 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, in this case, 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.
Q. Grants awarded partial funding may not seek the unfunded portion of their grant in a second LRAC grant request.
The grant writing workshop will be held on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 5:00 pm.
At the workshop, the guidelines and application questions will be explained. LRAC staff want to help you write the best application possible.
The grant writing workshops will be offered in person or live online. After the grant writing workshop date, the grant writing webinar will be made available on the Tip Sheets and Webinars Page.
Grant Review Schedule:
Fall Legacy Grant Project Start Date after November 20, 2018
Grant Writing Webinar: Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 5:00 pm
Application Deadline: Midnight, Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Grant Review: LRAC Board Meeting, Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Spring Legacy Grant Project Start Date after April 16, 2019
Grant Writing Webinar: Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 5:00 pm
Application Deadline: Midnight, Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Grant Review: LRAC Board Meeting, Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Applicants are encouraged to contact the LRAC office early in the planning process so the staff can provide assistance.
The application must be submitted to the LRAC Grants online application website by midnight of the deadline date.
Applicants are notified of funding decisions within two weeks after the grant review. A notification email will be sent to the applicant.
Applicants wishing to know the funding decision after the LRAC Grant Review may log into the LRAC Grant Site to check out the status of their application or call the LRAC office after 3 p.m. the following day.
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. Prepare a presentation for the LRAC Board as part of the proposal.
Tip Sheets and Webinars:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Betsy Ostenson, Grants Manager
Historic River Inn
133 South Mill Street
Fergus Falls, MN 56537
USA: Minnesota: LRAC nine-county region: Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, and Wilkin counties