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Grants to Minnesota Arts Nonprofits in Eligible Counties
for Organizational Support and Programming

CMAB Community Arts Support Program

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Foundation / Corporation

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Central Minnesota Arts Board (CMAB)

Deadline Date:

01/26/22 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Minnesota nonprofit arts organizations in eligible regions for general operating support and community outreach efforts. Funding is intended to assist with administrative costs, organizational operations, and equipment purchases, as well as for activities to improve access and outreach to local underserved communities. Applicants must be located in Benton, Sherburne, Wright, or Stearns counties.

Program Outcomes:

  1. The capacity of those providing arts experiences is increased or strengthened by changing, expanding, or enriching the ways in which they connect to their communities through the arts.
  2. Regional residents experience increased access to the arts via a reduction in geographic, cultural and/or physical barriers.
  3. The infrastructure of arts organizations is strengthened through access to operating funds, professional development and best practices sharing.
  4. Minnesota’s Arts Sector grows in reach and impact through programs and strategies that improve the health and operations of regional arts organizations.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179515

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants are eligible to receive a minimum of $3,000 or 20% of their last completed fiscal year’s eligible operating expense, up to $10,000 whichever is less.

Term of Contract:

Applications are available in even-numbered fiscal years for a biennial funding period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are established nonprofit 501(c)(3) arts producing/service organizations with an annual operating expenses of $250,000, or less, that have been in existence at least two years and are located in the Minnesota Counties of Benton, Sherburne, Stearns, or Wright (Region 7W).

Not Eligible:
- For-profit businesses
- Those without an arts-focused mission statement
- Those already receiving Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Funds
- Those without 501(c)(3) status
- Those with less than two-years of established service
- Those intending to influence public policy or to proselytize a belief
- Schools
- Governmental Units
- CMAB grant recipients with any overdue final reports

Community Arts Support funds cannot be used for alcoholic beverages, travel outside of the state of Minnesota, costs to relocate an organization outside Region 7W or equipment purchases over $4,999 per year.

Pre-Application Information:

- Application Deadline: Wed., January 26, 2022
- Board Review Date: Thurs., March 10, 2022

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

Applicants are encouraged to call the CMAB office at 320.968.4290 to discuss eligibility or to have a draft of the application reviewed at least two weeks prior to the deadline date.

Contact Information:

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

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Central MN Arts Board
P.O. Box 458
220 4th Ave North
Foley, MN 56329

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Geographic Focus:

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

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