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Rural and Community Art Project Grant

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits, Schools, and
Agencies for Arts Activities in the Arrowhead Region

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Funding Source:

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Arrowhead Regional Arts Council (ARAC)

Deadline Date:

04/03/20 4:30 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Arrowhead Region, Minnesota nonprofit organizations, schools, tribes, and units of government for arts activities taking place outside of Duluth. The purpose of the grant program is to support organizations with small arts budgets. Funding may be used to exhibit, create, perform, or publish artistic works, or to present arts events by contracting the services of other organizations or individuals.

Projects may take place in Aitkin, Cook, Carlton, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, or St. Louis Counties.

The Rural and Community Art Project program provides funding to support relevant, meaningful arts activities with value to the community the organization serves.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180631

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $5,000

Term of Contract:

The earliest possible starting date for projects submitted for the September deadline is Sunday, December 1, 2019.

The earliest possible starting date for projects submitted for the March deadline is Monday, June 1, 2020.

For all deadlines, the project must be completed and grant funds spent by June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This is a program for organizations across the Arrowhead region with small arts budgets and located outside of Duluth. Organizations outside of Duluth with prior year arts operating expenses of $40,000 or less are eligible to apply into this program.

Eligible organizations:
- State-registered and federally recognized non-profit, tax-exempt organizations
- Accredited schools
- Tribal governments
- Units of government

To be eligible to apply for any ARAC grant an artist must be 18 years old, a citizen or have permanent resident status, and be a resident of the eligible counties for at least six months, and remain a Minnesota resident for the duration of the project.

Individuals enrolled in arts-related degree programs are ineligible to apply.

If the applicant group has not yet received nonprofit, tax-exempt status, it may apply by using another nonprofit organization, an accredited school, tribal government, or other units of government as a fiscal sponsor.

Ineligible for funding:
- The project attempts to influence any state or federal legislation
- The activity involves out-of-state travel.
- The project requires excessive entry or exhibition fees, includes tuition, fees or work toward a degree
- The project primarily involves developing school curriculum plans or teaching materials
- The project promotes religious socialization
- The project was once supported by state general fund appropriations
- The project is designed for a private audience and is not open to the general public
- The project is for capital improvement or construction
- The funds are requested to purchase more than $600 worth of equipment or to purchase real property
- The funds are requested for general operating support
- The funds are requested for a project that serves as a benefit or fundraiser

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadlines for FY20:
- For projects beginning December 1, 2019: Friday, September 27, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.
- For projects beginning June 1, 2020: Friday, April 3, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

Applications open six weeks prior to the deadline.

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Contact Information:

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

Apply online:
(800) 569-8134 or (218) 722-0952

Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
Fitger’s Complex
600 East Superior Street, Suite 404
Duluth, MN 55802

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Organizations outside of Duluth in the Arrowhead Region: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis Counties

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