Ramsey County Small Business Relief Fund for Artists

Graphic image with text about the Small Business Relief Fund

We are happy to announce that MRAC is a partner with the Ramsey County Small Business Relief Fund for artists and creative small businesses! This fund offers grants of $7,500 for self-employed/sole proprietor artists or $10,000 for creative small businesses in Ramsey County. Do note, unlike our other grant programs, non-profit organizations are not eligible in this relief fund. 

Creative businesses are those that contribute to the creative economy in Ramsey County. They could be, to name some:

  • Musicians (e.g. Instrument, production or vocal, etc.)
  • Artistic (e.g. painting, murals, photography, etc.)
  • Performance (e.g. Actor/Actress, theater performers, etc.)
  • Crafts (e.g. Wind Chimes, farmer’s market vendors, etc.)
  • Media (e.g. film, video, production, etc.)
  • More than one discipline/area
  • Other
Creative businesses that are based in Ramsey County – If they have a studio that they primarily work out of, or if they live within the county.
Creative businesses that have been financially impacted by COVID-19. 
Creative businesses that have been doing their creative work prior to 9/15/2019.
Creative businesses that have generated a substantial amount of income from their creative work.

Funds will help self-employed artists and creative small businesses pay for critical expenses such as rent or mortgage payments, utilities, payments to suppliers and costs associated with reopening or engaging with audiences. 

The Relief Fund will be administered by the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers, but MRAC is committed to ensuring that self-employed artists and creative small businesses in Ramsey county have access to these resources and will provide technical assistance with the application process. 

Applications are open now through August 18, 2020. The turnaround time is short, so please do not wait! 

For more information or to apply, visit the Ramsey County Small Business Relief Fund website or contact Anthonia Eboreime (anthonia@mrac.org) for technical support, additional assistance, and/or any questions about this fund and application process. 

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