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Community Arts Grant

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits and Groups for Quality Arts
Projects that Benefit Communities in the Twin Cities Metro Area

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Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC)

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Deadline Date:

01/14/19 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Minnesota nonprofits and arts groups for quality arts projects that benefit communities in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Art activities may be in any discipline. Funding may be used towards supplies, artists and personnel costs, equipment rental, and other expenses necessary to carry out the project.

Unique to this program, MRAC allocates a “block” of funds in each of the nine geographic areas to ensure that arts activities take place throughout the region. These geographic areas are: Minneapolis, St. Paul, Suburban Hennepin County, Suburban Ramsey County, Anoka County, Carver County, Dakota County, Scott County, and Washington County.

This program funds:

- Single-discipline or multidisciplinary arts activities and community projects of all forms taking place in the seven-county metro area.

- Arts projects of artist service organizations for which groups of artists are the primary audience.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178143

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $5,000

Term of Contract:

- For applications due on October 8, 2018, the earliest start date is December 12, 2018.
- For applications due on January 14, 2019, the earliest start date is March 27, 2019.
- Activities must not extend beyond June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicant groups and art projects or activities must be located within the seven-county (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, Washington) Twin Cities metro area.

Applicant groups must be ONE of the following:
- Federally tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts with annual operating expenses of less than $400,000.
- Federally tax-exempt non-arts organizations and community education units with annual arts programming expenses of less than $400,000.
- Informal and/or unincorporated arts-focused groups with a fiscal sponsor and one-time arts projects with expenses of less than $400,000. The applicant group must have its own board of directors or advisory committee that provides input on the project and oversight of the grant funds. For tax purposes, an informal group may be a DBA for a sole proprietorship or single member LLC.

Applicant groups cannot be:
- Organizations registered with the MN Secretary of State as a profit-making Minnesota business (e.g. Business Corporation, Limited Liability Partnership, MN Public Benefit Corporations, etc.).
- Individual artists.
- Public, private, alternative, charter, or home schools (this includes school support organizations such as PTAs, PTOs, school foundations, etc.).

This program does not fund:
- Projects that have received or are seeking support from any other MRAC grant program.
- Requests in which any portion of the activity is located outside of the seven-county metro area.
- Project Start Date: MRAC does not fund projects that are already underway. MRAC defines a project’s start date as the point at which the intended community is engaged, any items in the project budget have been expended, or financial and other commitments are made that set the project in motion (e.g. rehearsals begin, contracts are signed, marketing materials printed or distributed, tickets are sold).
- Project End Date: MRAC funds awarded in FY19 cannot have activities that extend beyond June 30, 2020.
- Projects that take place as part of the K - 16 school-day curriculum and activities in public, private, alternative, charter and home schools. This includes costs to subsidize school participation (e.g. tickets, bussing, etc.).
- Capital improvements or construction, purchase of capital equipment, purchase of real estate property, endowments, or the creation, purchase or installation of artwork when there is no accompanying community activity.
- Costs for fundraising events. This includes activities designed to raise funds for your own organization and on behalf of another person, organization, or cause.
- Activities that engage in political lobbying, serve the religious socialization of participants, or discriminate against persons or groups.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Application workshops
Wednesday, December 12, 6:00pm — 8:00pm

Thursday, December 13, 3:00pm — 5:00pm

Tuesday, December 18, 1:00pm — 3:00pm

Thursday, January 3, 10:00am — 12:00pm

Workshops cover MRAC programs, funding, eligibility, program scope, and the details of applying for a Community Arts grant at MRAC. Participants will become familiar with the program and online application and will leave with clear expectations of the next steps in applying for MRAC funding.

This workshop will also address the changes to the grant programs this year, namely the new criterion Equity & Inclusion and the Latest Project End Date. Even if you have applied to MRAC previously, it would be helpful to attend a workshop this year to be current on the grant guidelines and requirements.

Pre-Application Information:

Important dates:
MRAC Fiscal Year July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019

Community Arts Round 1
- Application Deadline: October 8, 2018 11:59 P.M.
- Panel Review: Week of December 3, 2018
- Earliest Start Date: December 12, 2018
- Latest End Date: June 30, 2020

Community Arts Round 2
- Application Deadline: January 14, 2019 11:59 P.M.
- Panel Review: Week of March 19, 2019
- Earliest Start Date: March 27, 2019
- Latest End Date: June 30, 2020

MRAC grant applications MUST be completed and submitted online by 11:59:59 p.m.

Groups should only use one grant record per organization.

All applicants are encouraged to discuss proposal ideas and eligibility with their program director prior to starting an MRAC application. Program Directors will provide draft feedback prior to the deadline; contact your program director to set up a time for draft review.

Contact MRAC with any difficulties accessing the online portal, but note that technical assistance is available only until 5:00 p.m. on the deadline day.

Online calendar for dates and times:

Before Applying - Resources
- Because MRAC distributes public funds, submitted applications are public information. MRAC maintains a library where applicants can review all previously submitted applications and their ratings.
- Visit, click on “Grants” and follow links to “Recent Grant Awards” and request 3 previously successful applications to be emailed as pdfs; contact your program director to have these sample grants sent.
- Visit to access templates, technical how-tos for the grant interface, links to sites to find demographic information, and a glossary of terms.

Contact Information:

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

To Apply:;

Program Directors
Masami Kawazato
Hennepin County Applicants

Jovan C. Speller
Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Ramsey, Scott, Washington County Applicants

Metropolitan Regional Arts Council
2324 University Avenue West, Suite 114
St. Paul, MN 55114

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington Counties