Arts and Cultural Heritage Community Arts Learning Grant for Orgs

. Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Ball Club Community Center, Itasca 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. Grant support is intended to improve your organization’s ability to present or produce a high-quality arts learning activity, which might not take place as proposed without ARAC support.

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 organizations looking for support to offer 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 to the Community Arts Learning Grant program, an organization or group must be registered as a non-profit in the State of Minnesota and be a federal non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization with located in the following Arrowhead counties: Aitkin, Cook, Carlton, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, or St. Louis. If your group has not yet received federal non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status, you may apply by using another 501(c)(3) organization as a fiscal sponsor. For information on using Fiscal Sponsorship, see the Fiscal Sponsor Guidelines page on our website, or contact us directly.

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.

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, June 16, 2017Friday, July 28, 2017Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
October 1, 2017
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, 2018Thursday, Sept. 11, 2018
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday, September 20, 2018
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
October 1, 2018
Friday, December 14, 2018Friday, January 25, 2019Tuesday, March 5, 2019
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday, 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.

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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 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.