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Special Projects Grant

Grants to North Dakota Nonprofits, Agencies,
and Schools for Arts and Cultural Touring Events

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North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA)

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Grants of up to $1,250 to North Dakota nonprofits, government agencies, schools, and IHEs that require immediate funding to take advantage of arts and cultural touring events. Examples of supported activities include production costs associated with exhibitions, publications, and performances; general operating costs; and honoraria for artistic and technical staff services.

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GrantWatch ID#: 179618

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests may not exceed $1,250 or 50% of the total project cost, whichever is less.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be nonprofit organizations registered with the State of North Dakota (or an adjacent state or province), or a community or county government entity such as a school or university

-Organizations supported through Community Arts Access, Institutional Support, Artist-In-Residence, or Teacher Incentive grant programs during the fiscal year (July 1 - June 30).
-Capital architectural improvements or purchase of long-term rental of equipment or property.
-Benefits or hospitality costs.
-Fellowships, scholarships, or tuition fees.
-Activities restricted to an organization's membership.
-Proposals which match Federal funds with Federal funds.
-Items listed in General Guidelines and Polices.

General Guidelines and Policies - Ineligible Items:
-Debt reduction or elimination.
-Capital improvements; purchase or long-term lease of equipment or property.
-Prizes, awards, benefits or hospitality (food, refreshments) costs.
-Fellowships, scholarships, or tuition fees.
-Activities restricted to an organization's membership.
-Travel outside of North Dakota unless specifically stated in the grant application.
-In-school curriculum projects (excluding Arts-in-Education programs) unless they have a local, regional, or state-wide impact.
-Out-of-state touring performances and exhibitions unless specifically stated in the grant application.
-Projects sponsored by or taking place on college or university campuses or religious institutions that ignore non-students or non-members, and do not involve the community at large in the planning, implementation, and performance of the project.
-Projects completed in previous fiscal years.
-Projects for the purpose of fundraising.
-Projects that are part of a required course or curriculum.
-Projects involving the arts as therapy unless professional artists are employed.

Special Project grants are not retroactive. They cannot be used to fund a project that has been under-budgeted, nor can they be used for programs already in progress.

Pre-Application Information:

A 1:1 match is required. Of this match, up to 50% may be documented in-kind.

All grantees must review the Applicant User Role and Registration Instructions (attached below) prior to creating a new user account in NDCA’s new online grant system.

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 a DUNS number, visit:

Applications will be accepted throughout the year, but must be submitted no later than four weeks prior to the event. Early application is recommended since grant funds are limited and awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis.

Special Project Grants for a particular fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) may not be submitted after May 15th of that year.

Applications will be reviewed four times a year (in August, November, February, and May), so it is important to plan ahead when submitting an application. Application review deadlines are August 5th, November 5th, February 5th and May 25th.

Applicants are notified within two weeks of the panel’s decision.

Applicant organizations must comply with all NDCA general policy guidelines:

Contact Information:

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

Register online to apply:

Beth Klingenstein
(701) 328-7592

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Dakota