Rural and Community Art Project Grant

. Chalk.a.Lot, Two Harbors, Lake County, 2015 Rural and Community Art Project Grant Recipient

This program provides grant funding of up to $5,000 to support community or artist-initiated high-quality arts activities that will impact the group and/or community your organization serves. Activities should be collaborative efforts between community groups, artists, and/or arts organizations. Grant support is intended to improve your organization’s ability to present or produce a high-quality arts 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 groups outside the Duluth City Limits residing in the Arrowhead Counties, with annual arts operating budgets under $40,000, should consider applying to this program. This program is designed to help groups to present or produce arts activities which might not take place as proposed without ARAC support.


Who may apply?

To be eligible to apply to the Rural and Community Art Project Grant program, an organization or group must be registered as a nonprofit in the State of Minnesota and be a federal nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization located in the following Arrowhead counties: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, or St. Louis. 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. If your group has not yet registered as a nonprofit in the State of Minnesota, you are encouraged to do so within three years of receiving your first ARAC grant. For information on how to use a Fiscal Sponsor, see the Fiscal Sponsor Guidelines page, 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 Organizations Outside of Duluth: Organizations outside of Duluth must have maximum prior year arts operating expenses of $40,000 to be eligible to apply into this program. Larger groups are eligible to apply into our Art Project program.

For Organizations Within Duluth City Limits: Organizations within the city limits of Duluth are not eligible to apply into this program regardless of annual budget size.

For complete eligibility requirements, please read the guidelines.

Important Dates:

Applications OpenApplication DeadlinePanel Review MeetingBoard 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, March 16, 2018Friday, April 27, 2018Friday, June 1, 2018
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, June 21, 2018
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
July 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.

Rural and Community Art 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 Rural and Community 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.