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Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools
in Eligible Counties for Arts Productions and Activities

Organizational Grants - Project Grant

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Lake Region Arts Council (LRAC)

Deadline Date:

02/03/22 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $3,000 to Minnesota nonprofit arts organizations, other nonprofits, local governments, and educational institutions in eligible counties for a range of arts-related activities and projects. Funding is intended for projects such as exhibits, productions, school residencies, and touring artists. The Project Grant is open to all artistic disciplines, such as art, dance, literary, and musical performance. Qualifying activities directly involve the performance, exhibition, or creation of art in the West Central Minnesota counties of Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, and Wilkin.

Project grant activities can include, but are not limited to:

A. Production or Exhibition 

B. Guest Artists

C. School Residencies for K-12 Public Schools

D. Organizational Development*

E. Publications

F. Workshops, Classes, and Arts Awareness Projects

*Types of support for organizational development can include:

  1. Administrative or consultant services
  2. Production or planning services

For more information on project grant activities and types of support, see pages 2-3 of the guidelines:

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/586d9f8ee3df286381b4a20d/t/60e6fd562bf93d0d71a52891/1625750870478/FY22+Project+Grant+Guidelines.pdf#page=2

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174003

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$18,300

Estimated Size of Grant:

Organizations may request funding of up to $3,000 per application.

No organization may receive more than $5,000 per fiscal year for multiple Project Grants from the Fall and Spring Grants rounds. The fiscal year is from July 1st to June 30th.

Exception: University departments, public elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and community education departments in the same school district are each considered eligible to receive a maximum of $5,000 for multiple project grants in any one fiscal year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who can apply:
- Arts Organizations, nonprofit, 501 (c) 3 with the arts as a primary focus. The applicant group must have a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service, Minnesota domestic Articles of Incorporation and be in good standing with the MN Secretary of State or have a fiscal agent that is a federally designated 501(c)(3) tax‐exempt organization and is registered in Minnesota in the LRAC region. Use of a fiscal agent is allowed on the organization's first application.
- Nonprofits, who do not have arts as a primary focus, such as senior centers, colleges, universities and school districts/community education departments.
- Cultural Heritage groups with nonprofit status in Minnesota.
- Local governments
- Arts organizations that do not intend to relocate outside the nine county LRAC region during the year of the Project Grant or until approval of the final report. Note: If the organization leaves the LRAC region before the completion of the Project Grant, the grant funds must be returned to LRAC.

Any arts organization receiving Operating Support Grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board in the current LRAC fiscal year is not eligible to apply for LRAC Project Grants. However, McKnight Operating Support grantees are eligible to apply for LRAC Project Grants.

Not eligible organizations are:
- For-profit businesses.
- Organizations that do not have artistic/culture-related activities as the focus of their Project.
- Religious organizations.
- Organizations that intend to influence public policy.
- Organizations that are established and/or located outside of the LRAC region.
- Organizations that have an outstanding final report due to the LRAC.
- Organizations that have not submitted a complete and accurate application providing all the requested information, supporting documents, and legal documentation.

- No more than 10% of the total grant funding can be spent on travel cost (mileage, air fare, room and board) to bring in a presenter from outside the state of Minnesota.

- The Lake Region Arts Council will not fund any school residency project that receives funding from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

- Support for organizational development is not for the continuation of ongoing managerial functions or regular staff costs.

- A publication that is distributed only to an organization's membership is not eligible.

Project Restrictions: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/586d9f8ee3df286381b4a20d/t/60e6fd562bf93d0d71a52891/1625750870478/FY22+Project+Grant+Guidelines.pdfpage=5

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Schedule:

Round #1 Accepting Applications starting Monday, July 19, 2021
Fall Project Grant Project Start Dates must be after November 20, 2021
Grant Writing Webinar available online to view after Monday, July 12, 2021
Application Deadline: 5:00 pm, Thursday*, September 2, 2021
Grant Review: Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Round #2 Accepting Applications starting Monday, December 20, 2021
Spring Project Grant Project Start Dates must be after April 15, 2022
Grant Writing Webinar available online to view after Monday, July 12, 2021
Application Deadline: 5:00 pm, Thursday*, February 3, 2022
Grant Review: Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Organizations are notified of funding decisions within two weeks after the grant review.

Organizations are encouraged to contact the LRAC office early in the planning process so the staff can provide assistance.

Continued for FY22 only: Due to COVID19 Pandemic and the challenges of presenting public art events, the 20% match requirement from the applicant organization is not required for the budget.

For more information on the grant process, see here:
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/586d9f8ee3df286381b4a20d/t/60e6fd562bf93d0d71a52891/1625750870478/FY22+Project+Grant+Guidelines.pdf#page=6

Organizations are notified of funding decisions within two weeks after the grant review.

First-time applicants are especially encouraged to contact the LRAC office prior to starting an application, after first reviewing the guidelines and application instructions.

First-time applicants are encouraged to watch the grant training webinars.

Tip Sheets and Webinars: https://lrac4.org/tip-sheets-and-webinars

Deadlines: https://lrac4.org/deadlines

General Grant Writing for Organizations Webinar:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/9028322357518270214?assets=true

LRAC Grants for Organizations Webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/4174520580124443144?assets=true

Project Grants Grant Writing Webinar:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/7740188437098857741

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=lakeregion

Contact Betsy Ostenson, Grant Manager for more information:

218-739-5780
888-735-9622
LRAC4@LRACgrants.org

Lake Region Arts Council
133 South Mill St.
Fergus Falls, MN 56537

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, and Wilkin Counties

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