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Education Units for Activities that Increase Arts Access

Arts Impact for Groups Grant

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Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC)

Conf. Date:

12/01/21

Deadline Date:

02/07/22 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Minnesota nonprofit organizations led by staff from BIPOC and other marginalized groups, government agencies, and community education units in eligible counties for activities that increase access to the arts for local communities. Funding is intended to support first-time events and programs as well as ongoing or seasonal events. Funds may also be used to support organizational capacity activities, equipment purchases, and facilities improvements. Requests will be accepted from qualifying applicants located in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington Counties.

This grant is designed to be an infusion of funds to support a group’s ability to create access to the arts. Grant proposals could include an arts programming activity such as a single event (e.g. theater production) or a series (e.g. semester of painting classes). Organizational capacity activities might include a coordinated management effort that bolsters the organization’s ability to do its work (like rebranding, building a website, or overhauling financial tracking systems), and/or could include the purchase of equipment, or making facilities improvements. Operations activities could be those that support the ongoing operations of a group (such as paying staff salaries or rent on a space). All of these types of activities, independently, or in some combination, could be the organization’s “project” or “program.”

Activities must specifically address enhancing Minnesotans’ access to the arts. Providing artistic opportunities to communities is one way to accomplish that access. Additionally, MRAC believes that healthy organizations are an important part of ensuring access to the arts, so projects that strengthen the organizational capacity and operations of groups providing access to the arts are also encouraged, but must always point back to how it enhances access to the arts.

Applicants may seek support for any of the following, or for a combination of the following (with all expenses incurred only during the Eligible Funding Period for each grant round):

  • A first-time event or activity the group has never produced before
  • A recurring, annual, or seasonal event it has produced before 
  • The portions of an ongoing program that clearly fall within the Eligible Funding Period; and/or
  • An activity supporting the organizational capacity and/or operations of the group (such as equipment purchases, management projects, or personnel expenses) 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 199936

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Arts Impact for Groups grant provides up to $10,000 in funding.

Term of Contract:

- The earliest eligible Proposal Start Date is May 18, 2022. The latest eligible Proposal Start Date is June 30, 2022.
- The latest possible Proposal End Date is June 30, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the Arts Impact for Groups, groups/organizations must be located in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, or Washington county. Additionally, at least 51% of the leadership* staff must identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC); and/or People with Disabilities (PWD); and/or Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual/Agender, Two-Spirit (LGBTQIA2+).

*To MRAC, group “leaders” are defined as the people who are in positions of power. Include core decision-makers of the group’s overall operations. This must include all board members and executive director or equivalent positions. If applicable, include an advisory committee.

Eligible groups/organizations:

- Arts groups and organizations: Federally tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organizations with annual operating expenses of $400,000 or less. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) must have approved and confirmed 501(c)(3) status by the deadline (February 7, 2021 by 11:59 p.m.).
- Cultural groups and organizations: Federally tax-exempt 501(c)(3) cultural nonprofit organizations that provide arts and non-arts programming with annual arts programming expenses of $400,000 or less. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) must have approved and confirmed 501(c)(3) status by the deadline (February 7, 2021by 11:59 p.m.)
- Fiscally sponsored groups with arts projects: Groups who are not incorporated as a federally tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with annual operating expenses of $400,000 or less. Fiscally sponsored groups also must consist of at least 3 people who are on the leadership team.

Other eligible groups include:
- Non-arts and non-cultural nonprofit organizations: Federally tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations with annual arts programming expenses of $400,000 or less. Non-arts and non-cultural nonprofit organizations must be able to isolate their arts programming expenses from nonarts and non-cultural financial activity.
- Public Entities: A public entity such as a unit of state, local, or tribal government with annual arts expenses of $400,000 or less. The public entity must be able to isolate their arts programming expenses from non-arts and non-cultural financial activity.
- Community Education Units: Community education units of a school district with annual arts budgets of any size. Community education units must be able to isolate their arts programming expenses from non-arts and non-cultural financial activity.

For a list of ineligible applicants, see https://mrac.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Arts-Impact-for-Groups-Guidelines.pdf#page=7.

For ineligible projects and expenses, see https://mrac.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Arts-Impact-for-Groups-Guidelines.pdf#page=8.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grant Information Webinar:

The Arts Impact for Groups grant information webinar is designed to help applicants prepare their Arts Impact for Groups grant application. The webinar covers funding, eligibility, program scope, and the details of applying for an Arts Impact for Groups grant at MRAC. Participants will become familiar with the program and online application and will leave with clear expectations of the next steps to apply for MRAC funding.

Attend the webinar via Zoom on Wednesday, December 1: 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM.

ASL interpretation and live CART captioning services will be provided. If you would like any modifications to aid your participation in this activity, please indicate requests in the registration form or reach out to Scott Artley at scott@mrac.org or 651-523-6384.

To register in advance for the meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIsdOqopjIqGtVEYyIPi88tMp0z4TBxr7Pr
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- November 17th, 2021: Guidelines are available
- December 1, 2021: Grant Information Webinar
- December 2, 2021: Application is available in the grant interface, projectproposals are accepted. Program Directors begin Arts Impact for Groups
applicant assistance and the applicant meeting request form becomes available.
- February 7, 2022 at 11:59 PM is the deadline. Applications must be received by this time.
- Starting February 8, 2022: Organization/group and project eligibility review will be done by MRAC staff.
- March 2022: Panel of peer reviewers will score applications.
- April 2022: Ratings from panel reviewers are collected and funding recommendations are drafted.
- May 17, 2022: Board of Directors review the funding recommendations and make the funding decision.
- May 18, 2022: Staff send out grant notifications via email to applicants.
- Eligible funding period: May 18, 2022 to June 30, 2023.

Guidelines: https://mrac.org/grants/arts-impact-groups/arts-impact-groups-text-version-grant-guidelines/

Grant Resources: https://mrac.org/grants/grant-resources/

Contact Information:

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

To apply online: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=mracgrant&;

For questions, please contact mrac@mrac.org or 651-645-0402.

For questions and assistance related to eligibility and/or preparing an application, please contact:
Mirella Espino
651-523-6380
mirella@mrac.org

You may also fill out the Arts Impact for Groups applicant meeting request form (https://forms.gle/2eMvud7gBzV4B4vD7) to schedule a time to meet with a staff member who can assist you.

MRAC
PO Box 14106
Saint Paul, MN 55114

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington Counties

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