Arts Learning Grant for Individuals

Arts Learning Grant


The Arts Learning program provides funding of 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. These project may occur in a wide variety of community venues.

We have budgeted $65,000 for this program for the current year.




The upcoming deadline has been pushed back to April 3rd for Art Project, Rural and Community Art Project, and Arts Learning grant applications.

Important Dates:


Applications OpenApplication DeadlineGrant Panel ReviewBoard Approval MeetingEarliest Possible Starting Date
Applications will be open and available to submit online on this date.Applications must be submitted online by 4:30 p.m. on this date.Grant applications will be reviewed by a panel on this date.Panel recommendations will be approved by the Board on this date.Grant projects may not start prior to this date.
Friday, August 16, 2019Friday, September 27, 2019Friday, November 8, 2019
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Sunday, December 1, 2019
Friday, February 14, 2020Friday, March 27, 2020Tuesday, Friday, May 8, 2020
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, May 19, 2020
Monday, June 1, 2020


  • Educational Value (50%)
  • Impact and Evaluation (25%)
  • Ability (25%)


Organizations and Individuals are both eligible for this program.

To be eligible to apply for this program, you must be at least eighteen years old, a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident status and be a resident of Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, or St. Louis County for at least six months, and remain a Minnesota resident for the duration of the project. Individuals enrolled in arts-related degree programs are ineligible to apply.

To be eligible, your organization must be a state-registered and federally recognized nonprofit, tax-exempt organization; accredited school; tribal government; or unit of government, located in one of 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 as a fiscal sponsor.

For complete eligibility requirements, please read the guidelines.

How to Apply:

Please read the guidelines completely before beginning your application, and feel free to contact the Grants Manager with questions.

Arts Learning Guidelines 

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 both the guidelines and by clicking on the ‘Apply Now’ button below.

  • The online application process will walk you through submitting your application.
  • To be eligible, your application must include all materials listed as required in the online application.
  • Applications must be received into the online system by 4:30 p.m. on the deadline date. Applications received after this time are ineligible and will not be reviewed. There are no exceptions to this policy.

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Grant Questions:

Educational Value:
Describe the quality, significance, and appropriateness of the arts instruction for the identified learners. This includes the specific qualifications of the teacher(s) or groups involved, as well as the value of the overall concept behind the project. Either here or in the Ability section, please make sure you discuss both the artistic qualifications of your instructors as well as why we should have confidence in their ability to complete your project. Your lesson plan will be considered both as demonstrating the value of your project as well as demonstrating your ability to complete the project.

  • What is your proposed project? Where will it take place, and what is the timeline of your activity?
  • Describe the educational vision behind your project.
  • Describe the qualifications of the instructors and project leaders and tell us why they were selected. If the intended instructors/project leaders have not been selected yet, explain the selection process that will be used. Be as specific as possible.

Impact and Evaluation:
Describe the anticipated community value of your project. This includes demonstrating a clear vision of what success will look like, as well as articulating appropriate assessment strategies for knowing whether you achieved what you intended.

  • What is the anticipated community value of your project? The community
    value of your project might be a public event, increased access to the arts, or some other form of public engagement. Your event does not have to result in a public event if not appropriate for the learners, for example, younger children; but in most cases the projects will be open to the public and have a public component.
  • What is the anticipated value to the learners?

The next two questions are for you to tell us about your goals and how you plan to know whether you succeeded in reaching your goal. If you don’t know how to answer this question, please contact us and talk the issue through with our Grants Manager. But don’t wait until the final two weeks before the deadline, as they may be too busy to provide much help.

  • Goal Statement. What are you trying to accomplish with this work? What are your measurable outcomes?
  • How do you plan to know if the work was a success? Please tell us about how you will assess this work. How will you measure the outcomes stated above?

Describe your capacity to undertake your project. This includes: providing a budget that is realistic, feasible, and demonstrates a clear understanding of the scope of your project; adequate support materials; as well as narrative responses articulating your readiness to undertake the project.

  • Tell us why we should have confidence you or your organization can complete this project.
  • How will the requested ARAC funding be used? Your project budget should be realistic, feasible, and include appropriate funding to complete and promote your project.

You’ll be asked to attach appropriate artistic resumes.

Optional Questions:

  • Is there anything else you would like to tell us about your proposal?

Help with your application:

  • 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 our Announcements page for the most recent information or call/email our grants manager to set up a one-on-one consultation. ARAC also maintains a guest computer in our offices if you’d like to work on your proposal during regular office hours.
  • 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.

To see a list of previous Community Arts Learning grant recipients and their projects, visit our recent awards page.

If you received a grant prior to July 1, 2014 and still have a Final Report due, please contact the office to have a form sent to you.

Grant FAQs

Budget Instructions