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and Agencies to Complete Public Art Works

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Central Minnesota Arts Board (CMAB) - Arts and Culture Legacy Fund

Deadline Date:

04/06/22 11:59 PM


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Grants to Minnesota nonprofit organizations, schools, and local government entities for public works of art in eligible regions. Funding is intended to support the completion of both temporary and permanent works that are free and accessible to the community. Temporary public art projects must have a significant public impact and permanent, publicly accessible documentation. Eligible applicants must serve Region 7W residents and be located within the counties of Benton, Sherburne, Stearns, and Wright.

Program Outcomes:

  1. Regional residents experience a change in knowledge, attitude, behavior or condition due to public art, arts festivals or arts events.
  2. Regional artists connect to new audiences and/or build relationships that provide artistic growth.
  3. MN Folk and traditional artists/arts’ audiences are expanded.

Eligible Proposals and Expenses:

  • Public art openly accessible without security or cost restrictions
  • Murals, sculpture, installations, etc. that are permanent or temporary
  • Performances (i.e. flash mobs), readings, interactive exhibits
  • Video projections, soundscapes
  • Materials and supplies for the creation of the work
  • Wages/stipends for artists/performers to create the work
  • Contract labor for installation such as concrete pouring or tile installation
  • Documentation of installations, performances, and other temporary works

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175184

Term of Contract:

- Start Date: Must not occur prior to CMAB Board review date
- End Date: Must take place within 12 months of the CMAB Board review date

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must serve Region 7W residents and be located within the Minnesota counties of Benton, Sherburne, Stearns, or Wright.

- Nonprofit 501(c)(3) arts organizations
- Community groups without nonprofit designation that are sponsored by a fiscal agent
- Nonprofit organizations that do not have arts as a primary focus
- Schools
- Local government entities (city, township and county)

Ineligible applicants:
- For-profit businesses
- CMAB grant recipients with any overdue final reports
- Applicants that have received a CMAB Public Art grant within the same fiscal year
- Individuals

Ineligible proposals and expenses:
- Private Commissions
- Events or performances that are a part of an applicant’s regular programming
- Those that do not have the arts as the primary focus
- Activities that are essentially for the religious socialization of the participants or audience
- Activities that attempt to influence any state or federal legislation or appropriation
- Payment for new building projects
- Any event or installation for which patrons will be charged admission
- Fees to secure a site (permits, purchasing land)
- Staff pay for regular hours/administrative duties that fall outside the scope of the public art project
- Regular administrative costs for recipients of Minnesota State Arts Board Operating or CMAB Community Arts Support
- Any expenses not directly related to the proposal.
- Research and development for public art projects (Project Grant or Artist Career Development programs can support research and development)

Pre-Application Information:


Application Deadlines:
- Rnd 1: Wed., August 25, 2021
- Rnd 2: Wed., April 6, 2022

Draft Review Deadlines:
- Rnd 1: Wed., August 11, 2021
- Rnd 2: Wed., March 23, 2022

Board Review Dates:
- Rnd 1: Thurs., October 24, 2021
- Rnd 2: Thurs., May 12, 2022

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm on the deadline date.

Applicants are encouraged to call the CMAB office to discuss eligibility or to have a draft of the application reviewed at least two weeks prior to the deadline date.

Applications will be made available to the CMAB Board of Directors or a review panel at least two weeks prior to the review date. All review meetings are open to the public.

All requests must have a minimum of 25% matching funds.

The online application system may present a barrier to some applicants and CMAB will make reasonable efforts to accommodate particular needs on a case-by-case basis. This information can be made available in the following alternative formats: Braille, large print, and audio recording. CMAB can also help find a language interpreter to translate these guidelines. To accommodate your requests, the Central MN Arts Board will need at least 10 working days.

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

Online application portal:

Central MN Arts Board
P.O. Box 458
220 4th Ave North
Foley, MN 56329
Phone 320-968-4290
Toll Free: 1-866-825-1471
Fax: 320-968-4291

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Benton, Sherburne, Stearns, and Wright Counties

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