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Rural and Community Art Project Grant

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies
in the Arrowhead Region for Local Arts Activities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Arrowhead Regional Arts Council (ARAC)

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Deadline Date:

01/25/19 4:30 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Minnesota nonprofits, schools, and agencies for local arts programming in Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis Counties. Funding may be used to exhibit, create, perform, or publish artistic works; or to present arts events by contracting the services of other organizations or individuals.

Project costs may include:
- Fees, contracts or honoraria for artists, performers, curators, commissions, etc.
- Directly applicable administrative salaries, wages and expenses
- Expendable materials expenses;
- Travel expenses related to doing a production or bringing in a touring artist or group
- Directly applicable promotion expenses
- Rental fees

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180631

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may not request more than $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects may not start before April 1, 2019. Projects must be completed and grant funds spent by May 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations outside of Duluth that have a maximum prior year arts operating expenses of $40,000 are eligible to apply into this program.

What Kind of Organizations?
- State-registered and federally recognized non-profit, tax-exempt organizations
- Accredited schools
- Tribal governments
- Units of government

To be eligible, your organization must be located in the following Arrowhead Counties: Aitkin, Cook, Carlton, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, or St. Louis.

Organizations based in the City of Duluth are not eligible for this program.

If your group has not yet received nonprofit, tax-exempt status, you may apply by using another nonprofit organization, accredited school, tribal government, or other unit of government as a fiscal sponsor.

For information on how to use a Fiscal Sponsor:

Organizations currently receiving Operating Support from the Minnesota State Arts Board (MSAB) are not eligible to apply to this or any other ARAC program, though they may serve as an eligible group’s fiscal sponsor or project partner. Past ARAC grant recipients with an overdue, unaccepted, or falsified final report are ineligible to apply.

Projects seeking financial support from both ARAC and the Minnesota State Arts Board (MSAB) may do so only after consulting with ARAC staff.

Ineligible for funding:
- The project is located or takes place outside the state of Minnesota; this grant may not fund out of state travel
- The project is designed for a private audience and is not open to the general public
- The project funds an activity that functions as graded school arts curriculum
- The funds are requested to pay K-12 students or college students in an arts-related degree program
- The project includes a religious ceremony
- The project is for capital improvement or construction
- The funds are requested to purchase more than $600 worth of equipment or to purchase real property
- The funds are requested for general operating support
- The funds are requested for a project that serves as a benefit or fundraiser;
- Artists are required to pay excessive entry or exhibition fees to exhibit or perform
- The activity engages in political lobbying or discriminates against persons or groups
- The project was once supported by state general fund appropriations

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grant Information Sessions are a time to find out more about the grant programs in general. No registration is required to attend grant information sessions.

Upcoming Grant Information Sessions:

- Wednesday, November 14th from 5:30-6:30pm
- Tuesday, December 4th from 5:30-6:30pm

All information sessions will be held at:
Arrowhead Regional Arts Council Offices
424 West Superior Street, Suite 104, Duluth, MN 55802

For more information:

Pre-Application Information:

All applicants are encouraged to discuss proposal ideas and eligibility with the Grants Manager prior to starting a grant application. First time applicants are strongly encouraged to contact program staff to discuss the eligibility of their activity or project.

Applications must be completed and submitted using the ARAC Grant Portal. Submissions in any other format, including email, will not be accepted.

Applicants may request grant application ‘draft reviews’ no later than 2 weeks prior to the deadline. The Grants Manager will review your application draft and give feedback for you prior to submitting your application for the Board to review. Draft reviews must be requested by contacting the Grants Manager no later than 2 weeks prior to the deadline.

In the Rural and Community Art grant program, an applicant may submit only one application per round. In a single ARAC fiscal year (July 1-June 30), an organization may be awarded up to a total of $20,000 in grant funding.

Application Deadline: January 25, 2019 at 4:30 PM
Panel Review Meeting: March 8, 2019
Board Approval Meeting: March 21, 2019
Earliest Possible Starting Date: April 1, 2019

More information on how to apply:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:;
(800) 569-8134 or (218) 722-0952

Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
Fitger’s Complex
600 East Superior Street, Suite 404
Duluth, MN 55802

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis Counties