Find Nonprofit and Small Business Grants

Advance Search

Only Available for Paid Subscribers
Clear Filters
Search Filters

Arts Learning Program

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits and Community Groups in the
Twin Cities Metro Area for Arts Education Learning Programs

Agency Type:


Funding Source:

Add to My Calendar 

Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

02/04/19 11:59 PM


Request a Grant Writer

Grants of up to $10,000 to Minnesota nonprofit organizations and community groups in the Twin Cities Metro Area for projects in arts education. Funding is intended to support innovative, ongoing programs across the art disciplines that benefit residents of all ages. Eligible communities comprise the seven-county metro area: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington Counties.

The Arts Learning grant program provides grants for high quality arts education and arts learning activities in any arts discipline to communities within the seven-county metro area. Funding may cover related costs for artists and personnel, supplies, equipment rental, and other expenses necessary to carry out the project. The program is intended to serve as a catalyst for innovative projects in which arts organizations provide opportunities for Minnesotans of all ages and experiences to develop knowledge, skills, and understanding of the arts and/or learning through the arts. The arts learning opportunities can be single discipline or multidisciplinary arts and can occur in a broad range of venues.

Arts Learning projects must occur over an extended period of time with repeat or multiple learning opportunities.

Projects must have clearly articulated, measurable learning objectives that will be evaluated.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178144

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Arts Learning program provides grants of up to $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Earliest Project Start Date:

- Round I: January 23, 2019
- Round II: April 24, 2019

Latest Project End Date for both Round I and Round II: June 30, 2020

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

In addition, the applicant group and project must be located in the 7-county metropolitan region (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, Washington) Twin Cities metro area.

The activities may occur in schools, but schools and school support organizations are not eligible to apply.

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.).

For-profit entities are not eligible to apply for this program.

This program does not fund the purchase of land or buildings, debt reduction, cash reserves, endowments, fundraising events, political lobbying or discriminatory activities.

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 under way. 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 received in FY19 cannot have activities that extend beyond June 30, 2020.
- Arts learning projects that supplant recently discontinued efforts or are created to meet the State’s arts curriculum requirements. This includes compensation in full or part for ongoing school personnel, or compensation to arts organizations to provide essentially the same services that an ongoing teacher or arts specialist would be expected to provide.
- 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 arts learning engagement.
- 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.
- Activities in parochial schools.

*Capital equipment is defined as any piece or pieces of equipment with value of more than $500 that has a usable life beyond the scope of the project. (Applicants should contact the program director if they are unclear about whether MRAC would consider their purchase to be capital equipment.)

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Arts Learning grant application workshops are designed to help applicants groups prepare their grant applications. Workshops cover MRAC programs, funding, eligibility, program scope, and the details of applying for an Arts Learning 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 Equity and Inclusion criterion and the Latest Project End Date. Even if the applicant has applied to MRAC previously, it would be helpful to attend a workshop this year to be current on the grant guidelines and requirements.

Those requiring any accommodations to aid in attendance at this workshop should please reach out to Bethany Whitehead.

Application Workshops:

- Date: Monday, January 7, 2019
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Organizer: Bethany Whitehead
Venue: Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, 2324 University Avenue West, St. Paul, MN
To confirm RSVP:

- Date: Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Organizer: Bethany Whitehead
Venue: Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, 2324 University Avenue West, St. Paul, MN
To confirm RSVP:

- Date: Thursday, January 10, 2019
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Organizer: Bethany Whitehead
Venue: Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, 2324 University Avenue West, St. Paul, MN
To confirm RSVP:

- Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Organizer: Bethany Whitehead
Venue: Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, 2324 University Avenue West, St. Paul, MN
To confirm RSVP:

Pre-Application Information:

- Round 1 Deadline: November 5, 2018 11:59 p.m.
- Round 2 Deadline: February 4, 2019 11:59 p.m.

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

- Arts Learning Round 1
Application Deadline: November 5, 2018 11:59 PM
Panel Review: Week of January 14, 2019
Earliest Project Start Date: January 23, 2019
Latest Project End Date: June 30, 2020

- Arts Learning Round 2
Application Deadline: February 4, 2019 11:59 PM
Panel Review: Week of April 15, 2019
Earliest Project Start Date: April 24, 2019
Latest Project End Date: June 30, 2020

The application will be activated six weeks before each deadline. MRAC grant applications must be completed and submitted online by 11:59 p.m. Applications are submitted via the MRAC grant portal (select ‘Manage My Organizational Grant’). Groups should only use one grant record per organization. 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. No incomplete or late applications will be accepted. Please read guidelines thoroughly to ensure eligibility.

Application workshops are held 4-6 weeks prior to the deadline. Participants learn about the grant program, application process, and how to write an effective MRAC grant application. This is a great opportunity to get your questions answered about your project ideas. (See Pre-Proposal Conference above.)

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.

MRAC maintains a library of submitted grant applications. Reviewing previously submitted grants can enhance your understanding of the process and improve your application. The application library is open during MRAC hours and staff is happy to help you or your may also contact your program director to have up to 3 grants emailed to you as pdfs.

Required Match: A 4:1 match of dollars is required for this program. The match can be general operating funds, past surpluses, other grants, and earned revenue you plan to raise. If you are requesting $10,000 in funding, you must secure $2500 from a non-state source.

Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:;

Program Director
Bethany Whitehead

Metro Regional Arts Council
2324 University Avenue West
Suite 114
Saint Paul, MN 55114

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

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