Organizational Stability Grant

The Organizational Stability Grant provides up to $2,000 to sustain nonprofit arts organizations during the COVID-19 crisis. Money can be used to pay artists, staff, or for needed equipment to provide art in a new setting. A portion of the grants will be set aside for teaching artists to pay for their time or needed equipment to convert their work to new virtual requirements.

Application Deadline:
Friday, May 8, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

Applications open three weeks prior to the deadline.
Your project must be completed and grant funds spent by December 31, 2020.


  • Organizational need (40%)
  • Artistic Vision and Importance in the Arts Ecosystem of their Community (40%)
  • Strength of plan to use the grant (20%)


To be eligible, your non-profit organization must be located in one of the following Arrowhead counties: Aitkin, Cook, Carlton, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, or St. Louis.

  • Your organization must be an arts producing, arts presenting, or artist service agency, dedicated primarily to the arts (“primarily” is defined as more than 75% of your organization’s activities and budget must be solely dedicated to the arts); OR, a nonprofit organization run by Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color with substantial arts programming.
  • The majority of your programming, services, or activities must take place in Minnesota, and must primarily serve and engage Minnesota audiences and participants.
  • Your organization must have a history of at least one year of arts-related programs and services prior to applying.
  • Your organization must have at least one paid or designated volunteer staff person.

How to Apply:

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

Organizational Stability Grant 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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Grant Questions:

  • Please describe in general terms how the COVID-19 pandemic has cost your organization revenue and/or artistic opportunities
  • What other forms of assistance from COVID-19-related loss of income has your organization applied for and/or received? Why or why not have you applied for assistance from other funders and/or the Small Business Administration (SBA)? [We ask in part to know how those forms of assistance are working or not working for various types of organizations as well as to assess how much the pandemic has affected your organization.]
  • What is your organization’s artistic vision?
  • How does your organization act to be inclusive?
  • What role do you play in the arts ecosystem of your community?
  • How would you use this grant?


  • Is there anything more you would like to tell ARAC about your organization?


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