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Small Arts Project Grant

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Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council (PLRAC)

Deadline Date:

05/01/22 - Applications are due by 11:59 PM on the first of each month

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Grants to Minnesota nonprofits, agencies, and public organizations in eligible counties for arts activities. New applicants must contact staff prior to submitting an application. Priority is given to proposals for arts and cultural projects that serve BIPOC and underserved populations. Activities must take place in Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, LeSueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, or Watonwan Counties.

The purpose of the Small Arts Project Grant is to provide funding for organizations directly engaged in the creation of art, the production of artistic performances, or the sponsorship of quality arts activities in local communities that may have a smaller budget. This may include dance, literature, media arts, music, theater, visual art, folk and traditional art. A variety of activities including art and music festivals, community choirs, dance performances, literary readings, instrumental and vocal music concerts, public art projects, theater productions, visual art classes and exhibitions are eligible.

These grants are for projects that involve the creation, performance, or exhibition of art. Activities that are intended to develop and enhance artists, art resources or arts audiences within the community or region. Funds may be used to develop or deliver ways of meaningfully engaging students, participants, or audiences. This arts programming may be in-person or through virtual activities and events. Expenses may include artist fees, publicity, rental fees, salaries, supplies, etc. 

Praire Lakes Regional Arts Council is interested in receiving new applications for arts projects for BIPOC cultural activities and/or underserved populations which includes youth, seniors, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+.

Applicants presenting music groups must list the music genre per group, the city they are from, and the cost per group. The types of music genres that can be funded with grant money are: bluegrass, blues, country, ethnic (Czech, German, Irish, Native American, etc.), folk, old-time-traditional, jazz, etc. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163745

Estimated Size of Grant:

Small Arts Project Grants range from $500 to $3,000, and BIPOC projects can apply for up to $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Applicants may only receive one grant per fiscal year; and projects must be completed within one year of the awarding of the grant unless an extension has been requested and granted by the Executive Director of Prairie Lakes.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant or organization must have an address and provide arts programming within the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council region. The counties are: Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, LeSueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, or Watonwan County.

Nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) arts organizations, nonprofit community groups, public organizations, or units of government that produce or sponsor arts activities within the region are eligible. Organizations that are not a 501c3 nonprofit may apply using a Fiscal Sponsor.

Applications from individuals or for-profit businesses are not eligible.

Repeat projects may not always be funded.

Artist fees for rock ’n roll or country bands typically seen in a bar are not eligible for grant money; nor are DJ’s, Karaoke, etc. Arts celebrations in communities can use grant funds for music groups that are performing in a community setting, but not for marching band fees that are participating during a parade.

Restrictions and Non-Fundable Small Arts Project Grants:
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Pre-Application Information:

The grant deadline is monthly on the 1st of the month, July 1, 2021 thru May 1, 2022, or until funds are exhausted. The monthly deadlines allow for more flexibility in the planning, but groups are still recommended to plan 6 months in advance and apply for this grant at least 60 days prior to the project starting date, and preferably 90 days. The review and notification process takes approximately 4 weeks; payment is one month prior to the event.

Apply early as this is a first come, first serve program. Applications must be submitted online before 11:59 PM of the deadline date to be eligible for consideration.

Small Arts Project Grant applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis; however, there is not a board meeting in December or June.

New applicants or groups with different projects (those not receiving a grant in FY 2021 or 2020) must contact staff prior to applying to review the project, budget and inquire about funds available; otherwise, the applicant will not be considered eligible for funding.

A pre-review of the application, budget, narrative, etc. is available prior to the deadline date; two weeks prior to the deadline is best. Contact the office to ask for a review of your application in its draft form within the online grant system.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=plrac

If you need extra assistance in the application process, please contact the PLRAC office at 1-507-833-8721, 1-800-298-1254, or email plrac@hickorytech.net.

Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council
105 22nd Avenue NE, Suite A
Waseca, MN 56093-2612

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USA: Minnesota: Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, LeSueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, and Watonwan Counties

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