Quick Start Grant for Organizations

. Vermilion Community College, Ely, St. Louis County, 2015 Quick Start Grant Recipient

The Quick Start Grant program provides up to $1,000 to regional arts organizations to take advantage of a sudden or unanticipated opportunity. Applications are reviewed to address the timeliness of the opportunities. This program is designed for organizations encountering immediate needs with minimal advance notice. An application cannot be used to expand a project which has already received funding from another ARAC grant program. Funding must be used within sixty days.


Regional arts organizations looking for funding to take advantage of a sudden opportunity should consider applying to this program. This program is designed to enable arts organizations to take advantage of mission-affirming arts activities which come up with little advance notice.

Examples of possible quick start opportunities might include:

  • Workshop, performance, or exhibition expenses that are current and timely;
  • Fees for opportunities that provide organizational training in the arts;
  • An immediate need for equipment and/or repairs to facilitate an arts related project; or
  • An unexpected or unanticipated presenting, educational, or mentoring activity.

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 Quick Start Grant program, an arts organization or group must be registered as a nonprofit in the State of Minnesota, and be a federal nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) arts organization, accredited school, or unit of government located in the Arrowhead Region.

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.

How to Apply:

This program has no specified deadlines. Applicants are accepted on an ongoing basis and submitted for review weekly.

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

Quick Start 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.

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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.
  • Technical and grant writing assistance is available upon request, but realize that staff assistance in no way implies your grant request will be funded.
  • Attend an ARAC grant writing workshop if possible. The dates, times, and locations will be listed on our Grant Workshops page.

To see a list of previous Quick Start 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.