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Arts Activities Support Grant

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits for Community
Arts Programs and Activities in All Disciplines

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC)

Deadline Date:

04/09/18 4:30 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Minnesota nonprofits for arts activities in Anoka, Dakota, Carver, Ramsey, Hennepin, Washington, and Scott Counties. First-time applicants are strongly encouraged to contact a program director prior to applying. Application workshops are held about a month prior to the deadline.

The grant supports groups wishing to offer quality arts activities in any discipline. Grant requests must outline specific activities that may include related costs for artists and other personnel, supplies, equipment rental, and other expenses necessary to carry out the project.

Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria areas:
-Artistic quality
-Artistic challenge
-Community need/support

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180252

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

The earliest project start date is September 27, 2017.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Federally tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organizations located in the seven-county metro area with annual operating expenses of less than $400,000.
- Federally tax-exempt nonprofit, non-arts organizations and community education units with annual arts programming expenses of less than $400,000 located in the seven-county metro area.
- Informal and/or unincorporated arts-focused groups and one-time arts projects located in the seven-county metro area with expenses of less than $400,000. These groups must apply using a federally tax-exempt fiscal sponsor located in Minnesota, with the sponsorship agreement formalized on or prior to the deadline.

For-profit entities, schools, and school support organizations are not eligible to apply for this program, and this program does not fund the purchase of land or buildings, debt reduction, cash reserves, endowments, fundraising events, political lobbying or discriminatory activities.

Applicant groups cannot be:

-For-profit organizations
-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 receive support from any other MRAC grant program (see page 3, concurrent grants at MRAC).
-Requests in which any portion of activities is located outside the seven-county metro area.
-Projects that begin before the earliest project start date.
-Projects that take place as part of the PreK-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 are held about a month 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 on your project ideas. The application workshops are free, but you are asked to register in advance.

The schedule is online at:

Pre-Application Information:

Arts Activities Support Round 1
Application Deadline: Monday, July 10, 2017 - 4:30 pm
Panel Review: Week of June 18, 2018
Award Notification: September 27, 2017
Earliest Project Start Date: September 27, 2017

Arts Activities Support Round 2
Application Deadline: Monday, April 9, 2018 - 4:30 pm
Panel Review: Week of June 18, 2018
Award Notification: June 27, 2018
Earliest Project Start Date: June 27, 2018

MRAC Program Directors welcome your questions about eligibility, grant programs and also offer draft support for grant applications. All applicants are encouraged to discuss proposal ideas and eligibility with their program director prior to starting an MRAC application. First-time applicants are especially encouraged to contact the appropriate Program Director prior to starting an application.

For every four MRAC dollars requested, you must match or raise one dollar from a cash source other than Minnesota State funding sources. Match sources may include general operating funds, past surpluses, other grants, and earned income or revenue you plan to raise specifically for this project. In-kind may not be included in the budget for any MRAC grant program.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Anoka County and Minneapolis applicants:
Greg Nielsen, Senior Program Director

Carver, Dakota, Ramsey, Scott, Suburban Hennepin, and Washington Counties applicants:
Masami Kawazato, Program Director

Metropolitan Regional Arts Council
2324 University Ave. W. #114
St. Paul Minnesota 55114

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Geographic Focus:

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