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Community Arts Access Grants - Tier 1 and 2

Grants to North Dakota Nonprofits and
Agencies for Arts Presentations and Activities

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North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA)

Deadline Date:

04/01/19 11:59 PM CST (submitted electronically) or Postmarked by Date


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Grants ranging from $1,250 to $3,000 to North Dakota nonprofits and agencies for community-oriented arts programming. Funding is intended to support arts programming in rural and small communities throughout the state, as well as arts programming and events in larger communities.

Community Arts Access Tier 1 is a community-based grant program designed to benefit nonprofit organizations that present arts programming in small and rural North Dakota communities (with a population under 6,000). It also supports nonprofit organizations in communities of all sizes whose arts programming makes a deliberate and focused effort to serve a special constituency or an underserved audience in that community.

Community Arts Access Tier 2 is a community-based grant program that offers financial support for arts events and programming and supports organizations in communities with a population of 6,000 or more.

- To support the arts in small and rural communities in North Dakota, as well as special constituencies and underserved audiences. (Tier 1 only)
- To encourage existing arts organizations to build upon themselves, enhance the artistic quality of their programming, and expand their audience.
- To promote knowledge and appreciation of the arts in North Dakota's communities (Tier 2) or small and rural communities, special constituencies, and underserved audiences (Tier 1).
- To provide "start-up" funds for new or emerging arts organizations and programming.
- To provide opportunities for North Dakota artists.

Examples of supported activities:
- Creation of a public work of art, such as a mural or installment piece, that incorporates talent within the community.
- Public performances of music, dance, or theatre.
- An exhibition.
- Arts festival or performance series.
- To book a touring performance or exhibit.

All funded projects must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178505

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests may not exceed $3,000 or 50% of the total project cost, whichever is less.

$1,250 is the minimum request.

Term of Contract:

Programs may take place between July 1 and June 30.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Tiers 1 and 2:
Applicant must be registered as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with the state of North Dakota or be a community or county government entity. Organizations may form partnerships with state agencies, for-profit businesses, and other entities, but the non-profit organization must be the applicant.

Any granted funds cannot support the following. These are in addition to restrictions stated in the NDCA's general guidelines, rules, and regulations.
- Applicants supported by the Council's Institutional Support or Special Projects programs in the same fiscal year (July 1- June 30).
- Applicants already supported through Community Arts Access in the same fiscal year.
- Activities that qualify for the Council's Artist-in-Residence grant programs.
- Reduction of a debt or deficit.
- Prizes, awards, benefits or hospitality (food, refreshments) costs.
- Capital improvements or permanent acquisitions.
- Projects completed at the time of application.

Pre-Application Information:

- March 15: Draft review deadline
- April 1, 11:59 PM (CST) (submitted electronically) for programs taking place between July 1 and June 30.
- Applicants must mail in (postmarked by deadline date) any materials unable to upload.

If the application is approved, the recipient will receive a Grant Award Notification email usually within 45 days after the deadline.

Funds are available after August 1 of a year applied to the April 1 deadline.

A 1:1 match is required for both Tiers 1 and 2. For Tier 1, up to 50% of the match may be documented in-kind.

All organizational applicants who apply for a grant from the NDCA are now required to register for a DUNS number online before receiving grant funds. The process for registering is simple and easy and only takes a few minutes.

To register for a DUNS number, visit:

NDCA General Guidelines:

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Amy Schmidt, Public Information Officer
(701) 328-7594

North Dakota Council on the Arts
1600 East Century Avenue, Suite 6
Bismarck, ND 58503-0649

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USA: North Dakota