Arts and Cultural Heritage Community Arts Learning Grant

. .      Andrew Turpening, Duluth, St. Louis County  .  2015 Community Arts Learning Grant Recipient

This program provides up to $5,000 to support high quality arts learning activities in any arts discipline. This grant program is intended to serve as a catalyst for innovative, participatory projects which provide high-quality, age-appropriate arts education to increase knowledge, skills, and understanding of the arts. These projects may occur in a wide variety of community venues.

These are 20% matching grants. An application will not be reviewed if the amount being requested is more than 80% of the total project budget, or if the amount of the request is more than $5,000. In-kind contributions cannot be used to make up the entire match.


Regional artists looking for support to assist them in offering arts learning activities in community venues should consider applying to this program. This grant program is intended to serve as a catalyst for innovative, participatory projects which provide high-quality, age-appropriate arts education that increases participants’ knowledge, skills, and understanding of the arts.

Who may apply?

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. Individuals enrolled in arts-related degree programs are ineligible to apply. Past grant recipients with overdue, unaccepted, or falsified final reports are also ineligible.

For complete eligibility requirements, please read the guidelines.

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, December 15, 2017Friday, January 26, 2018Tuesday, March 6, 2018
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday, March 15, 2018
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
April 1, 2018
Friday, June 15, 2018Friday, July 27, 2018TBDThursday, September 20, 2018
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
October 1, 2018
Friday, December 14, 2018Friday, January 25, 2019TBDThursday, March 21, 2019
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
April 1, 2019

How to Apply:

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

Community 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.

Apply Now

Help with your application:

  • All applicants are encouraged to discuss proposal ideas and eligibility with the Grants Manager prior to starting a grant application.
  • Grant Writing workshops are held two weeks prior to the deadline. The dates and times are listed in the grant program guidelines and on our Grant Workshops page. Participants learn about the grant program, application process, and how to write an effective grant application. This is a good opportunity to get your questions answered prior to completing your application.
  • 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.