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Grants to Minnesota K-12 Schools in Eligible Counties
for Arts Education Activities and Enrichment

School Arts Project Grant

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Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council (PLRAC)

Deadline Date:

05/01/22 - Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM on the first of each month


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Grants of up to $3,000 to Minnesota K-12 public and private schools in eligible counties to partner with professional artists to provide arts education and activities to students. New applicants must contact staff prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended for live arts performances, mini-workshops, artist residencies, or arts-related field trips. Eligible counties include Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, LeSueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, and Watonwan Counties.

The purpose of the School Arts Project Grant is to provide educational partnerships between local and regional professional artists and K-12 schools within the nine-county area. This may include dance, literature, media arts, music, theater, visual art, folk and traditional art. Grants may be for: Artist Residencies, Live Arts Performances or Mini-Workshops, or Arts-Related Field Trips. Residencies, mini-workshops, live arts performances and field trips must include at least one hour of in-service for artist-teacher contact time.

For further information about the School Arts Project Grant, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166781

Estimated Size of Grant:

School Arts Project Grants range from $500 to $3,000.

Term of Contract:

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 School Arts Project Grant is open to all public or private non-parochial elementary, middle or secondary schools (K-12) in the nine-county area. Cooperation between parochial and public schools is encouraged. This means that public schools can be the applicant and collaborate with a parochial school to also have their students participate in the proposed arts activity.

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

Repeat projects may not always be funded.

Restrictions on use of funds and non-fundable School Arts Project Grant projects:

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 by the deadline date, before 11:59 PM, to be eligible for consideration.

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

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

One School Arts Project Grant per school building is allowed each fiscal year.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

For further questions, please email or call the office:
(507) 833-8721 or (800) 298-1254

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

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Geographic Focus:

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

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