The deadline is Friday, March 27, 2020, at 4:30 p.m.
A new round of grants is open. ARAC has $40,000 to award in our Art Project Program, $35,000 to award in our Rural and Community Art Project Program, and $32,500 to award in our Arts Learning Program.
Our Arts Project program for organizations continues to be one of our most competitive programs. This grant provides funding of up to $5,000 to support relevant, meaningful arts activities with value to the community your organization serves. Support may be used to create, perform, exhibit, or publish artistic works; or to present arts events by contracting the services of other organizations or individuals. If you have a draft of your application, you’re welcome to ask for feedback if you let us know at least two weeks in advance of the deadline, which is this Friday, March 13. (We still try to provide feedback for requests made later, but we can’t guarantee we can get back to you by the deadline and we’ll give you more attention if you ask by this Friday.) One of the frustrating parts of this program is that projects that used to get funding from this program often need to up their game because of the increased competition. Talk to us if you have any questions.
In our Rural and Community Art Project program, we want to emphasize the importance of community connections in the program. Impact and Evaluation are worth 40% of the score on these grants. These grants are for organizations outside of Duluth that have arts budgets of less than $40,000 per year. Both individuals and organizations can apply in this program, but individuals need to have confirmation from community partners of support for the project.
In our Arts Learning program, both individuals and organizations can apply for up to $5,000 to support arts learning activities in any arts discipline. This grant program is intended to support high-quality, age-appropriate arts education to increase knowledge, skills, and understanding of the arts.
Also, we want to be clear that educators in schools are welcome to apply for the grants, but a condition of the state funding we receive requires that we don’t fund projects that should be funded, or were previously funded, by other sources. So we can fund a new project at a school that goes above and beyond the normal curriculum, but we can’t fund a project that used to be paid for by the school district.
As always, if you have any questions, please call or email us.