Art Project Grant

. Aitkin Plein Air, Aitkin, Aitkin County 2015 Art Project Grant Recipient

The Art Project Grant program is a matching grant program that provides up to $5,000 per application to nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) regional organizations to support activities directly involved in the creation, performance, exhibition, or publication of art, or to present arts events by contracting for the services of other organizations or individuals. This grant requires a 20% match and applicants may not request more than $5,000.

The purpose of the activity should be to do one or more of the following: encourage the development of an art form, stimulate the artistic growth of artists associated with an arts organization or arts discipline, advance the artistic growth of an arts organization, or present a variety of high quality arts experiences for regional audiences. Projects may be proposed in the following disciplines: visual arts, music, dance, theater, literature, film, video, and folk or ethnic art.

Projects funded by this grant program must take place within the State of Minnesota, and no more than 10% of the grant request can apply to travel outside Minnesota.

Regional organizations within the Duluth City Limits, regional community colleges and universities, and organizations in the Arrowhead Counties with annual operating budgets greater than $40,000, should consider applying to this program. This grant program is designed to help organizations create, produce, and present high-quality arts activities which could not happen without grant support.

Grant proposals may include the following activities:

  • Public performances by touring artists or companies;
  • Residencies which offer artists’ time and space to produce their art;
  • Productions of public readings by local, regional, or state writers or poets;
  • Projects which promote arts organizations to overcome barriers, collaborate, and/or share resources; or
  • Projects which enable arts organizations to offer arts programming or performances to communities throughout Minnesota.

This is not a complete list of eligible opportunities. For more examples of what funding may cover, please read the guidelines.

Who may apply?

To be eligible to apply to the Art Project Grant program, you must comply with the following:

  • an arts organization or group registered as a nonprofit in the State of Minnesota, and be either a federal nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) arts organization, or an arts group using a Fiscal Sponsor;
  • have an annual agency cash budget greater than $40,000;
  • your organization or group must be located in one of the following Arrowhead counties: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, or St. Louis;
  • all organizations located within the City Limits of Duluth must use this grant program;
  • accredited community colleges, private universities, and state universities located in the Arrowhead Region must also use this program to request funding for public art projects.

If you do not have 501(c)(3) status:

  • If your group has not yet received federal nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status, you may apply by using another 501(c)(3) organization as a Fiscal Sponsor. Please refer to our Fiscal Sponsor Guidelines for information on how to apply using one.
  • If your group has not yet registered as a nonprofit in the State of Minnesota, you will be required to do so within three years of receiving your first ARAC grant.

For complete eligibility requirements and a list of what this program will and will not fund, please read the guidelines.

Important Dates:

Application DeadlineBoard Review MeetingEarliest Possible Starting Date
Applications must be submitted online by 4:30 p.m. on this date.Applications will be reviewed and approved by the Board on this date.Grant projects may not start prior to this date.
Friday, July 31, 2015Thursday, September 17, 2015October 1, 2015
Friday, January 29, 2016Thursday, March 17, 2016April 1, 2016
Friday, July 29, 2016Thursday, September 15, 2016October 1, 2016
Friday, January 27, 2017Thursday, March 16, 2017April 1, 2017

How to Apply:

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

Art Project 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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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, times, and locations will be listed on our Grant Workshops page. Workshops are held both in Duluth at the ARAC offices and out in the region. 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 Art Project 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.