Small Grant: Educational Opportunity

This program offers up to $750 for artists to attend an extraordinary educational opportunity within Minnesota. The criteria would be that it is an opportunity that has an exceptional impact on the artist’s development and the ability of the artist to complete the opportunity.

We have $7,500 in this program. (First-come, first-serve; as long as funding is available—please check our website to see if money is still available in this program; grants will be reviewed by the staff and then approved at our next board meeting.)


Applications OpenApplication DeadlineBoard 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.Panel recommendations will be approved by the Board on this date.Grant projects may not start prior to this date.
August 1, 2019September 6, 2019September 19, 2019October 1, 2019
September 1, 2019October 4, 2019October 17, 2019November 1, 2019
October 1, 2019November 8, 2019November 21, 2019December 1, 2019
November 1, 2019December 6, 2019December 19, 2019January 1, 2020
December 1, 2019January 3, 2020January 16, 2020February 1, 2020
January 1, 2020February 7, 2020February 20, 2020March 1, 2020
February 1, 2020March 6, 2020March 19, 2020April 1, 2020
March 1, 2020April 3, 2020April 16, 2020May 1, 2020
April 1, 2020May 8, 2020May 21, 2020June 1, 2020
May 1, 2020June 5, 2020June 18, 2020July 1, 2020


To be eligible to apply for this program, you must be at least eighteen years old, a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident status, and be a resident of Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, or St. Louis County for at least six months, and remain a Minnesota resident for the duration of the project. Individuals enrolled in arts-related degree programs are INELIGIBLE to apply.
For complete eligibility requirements, please read the guidelines.

How to Apply:

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


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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