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Art Project Grant

Grants to Arrowhead Region, Minnesota Nonprofits
and IHEs for Arts Productions and Activities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Arrowhead Regional Arts Council (ARAC)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

01/25/19 4:30 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Arrowhead Region, Minnesota nonprofit organizations, accredited schools, tribal governments, and other unites of government for arts-related activities. This program enables organizations to produce, present, and create quality arts projects that would otherwise not occur. Projects may take place in Aitkin, Cook, Carlton, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, or St. Louis counties.

The Art Project Grant supports activities directly involved in the creation, performance, exhibition or publication of artistic works; or to present arts events by contracting for the services of other organizations or individuals This is not an Arts Learning Grant program. Learning or education components of your project must be directly related to executing you proposed project.

Your proposed activity should do one or more of the following:

-Support creating, producing, and presenting high-quality arts activities;
-Overcome barriers to accessing high-quality arts activities;
-Encourage the growth of artists or an art form;
-Advance the development of the artistic growth of an arts organization; and/or
-Support activities that represent diverse ethnic and cultural arts traditions, including folk and traditional artists and organizations.

Grant support is intended to improve your organization’s ability to present or produce a high-quality arts activity, which might not take place as proposed without ARAC support.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181830

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of up to $5,000 are available.

In a single ARAC fiscal year (July 1 - June 30), an organization can be awarded grant funding of up to $20,000 total from applications reviewed in all eligible programs.

Term of Contract:

Start date: April 1, 2019
All projects must be completed by May 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations outside of Duluth with minimum prior year arts operating expenses of $40,000 are eligible to apply into this program. All Duluth organizations are eligible regardless of budget size.

The following organizations are eligible:
-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.

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.

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.

What Kinds of Things are 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

Note: While ARAC has attempted to provide a thorough and clear articulation of its eligibility rules, it reserves the right to declare an application ineligible for reasons not explicitly stated here. If you have questions about the eligibility of your project, please contact the office.

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.

Grants Information Sessions:

Wednesday, November 14th | 5:30-6:30 pm
Arrowhead Regional Arts Council Offices
424 West Superior Street, Suite 104, Duluth, MN 55802

Tuesday, December 4th | 5:30-6:30 pm
Arrowhead Regional Arts Council Offices
424 West Superior Street, Suite 104, Duluth, MN 55802

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be completed and submitted using the ARAC Grant Portal. Submissions in any other format, including email, will not be accepted. Instructions for navigating the online system can be found in the guidelines.

First time applicants are strongly encouraged to contact ARAC staff to discuss the eligibility of their activity or project. All applicants are encouraged to discuss proposal ideas and eligibility with the Grants Manager prior to starting a grant application. ARAC schedules a variety of workshops, office hours, and one-on-one consultations before each grant deadline. Please consult the Announcements page ( for the most recent information or call/email the grants manager to set up a one-on-one consultation.

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.

Important Dates:
-Applications Open: Friday, December 14, 2018
-Application Deadline: Friday, January 25, 2019
-Board Review Meeting: Thursday, March 21, 2019
-Earliest Possible Starting Date: April 1, 2019

Applications must be received into the online system by 4:30 PM on the deadline date. Applications received after this time are ineligible and will not be reviewed. There are no exceptions to this policy.
Applicants will be notified via email of the Board’s decision within fourteen days of the board grant review.

Application Instructions:

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:;

Holly Hackett-Rich, Grants Manager

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

(218)722-0952 / (800)569-8134

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Geographic Focus:

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