MRAC Announces FY22 Grant Programs

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We are excited to announce grant programs for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts July 1, 2021 and ends June 30, 2022. Grant guidelines will be published in July, so please stay tuned!

Flexible Support provides up to $15,000 in funding to support arts, cultural and non-arts nonprofit organizations, and fiscally sponsored groups create access to the arts and to use the arts to engage with audiences/community across the 7-county Twin Cities metro region: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties. This program supports the production of artistic projects, and/or projects that strengthen the organizational capacity and operations of groups providing access to the arts. Grant requests must outline specific artistic projects that may include related costs for artists and other personnel, supplies, equipment rental, and other expenses needed to carry out the project. Proposed projects must be designed to benefit Minnesotans. No matching funds are required for this program. This grant opportunity is open to new applicants as well as applicants who have received funding in the past. The deadlines are August 9, 2021 and March 14, 2022.

Arts Impact for Individuals provides support for artistic projects in the 7-county Twin Cities metro region that are led by individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color (BIPOC); and/or Disabled/a Person with Disabilities (PWD); and/or Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual/Agender, Two-Spirit (LGBTQIA2+) with grants up to $5,000. This grant is designed to support individuals leading efforts to create access for communities to the arts and/or engage with communities through creative endeavors. Each project must include a community component, such as a public performance, exhibition, workshop, or informal talk, any of which may be presented virtually. This grant opportunity is open to new applicants as well as applicants who have received funding in the past. All individuals must reside in the 7-county Twin Cities metro region: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties at the time of the application. There is no cash match required in this program. The deadline is October 4, 2021.

Next Step Fund, funded by the McKnight Foundation, provides project grants up to $5,000 to individual artists working in any creative discipline. This grant supports projects for the purpose of research and development of artistic ideas or endeavors, professional development of careers in the arts, and/or the production of artwork. These projects should impact the individual applicant and lead to growth or stability in their creative practice. Applicants may be at any stage in their creative career. There is no cash match required in this program. The deadline is January 10, 2022.

Arts Impact for Groups provides support for groups led by Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC); and/or People with Disabilities (PWD); and/or Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual/Agender, Two- Spirit (LGBTQIA2+) people with grants up to $10,000. This grant is designed to be an infusion of funds to support a group’s ability to create access to the arts. Funds could support overcoming an operational barrier and/or opportunity, sustainable operations, and/or for small-scale artistic or capacity building projects. This grant opportunity is open to new applicants as well as applicants who have received funding in the past. All groups must be based in and all projects must take place in the 7-county Twin Cities metro region: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties. There is no cash match required in this program. The deadline is February 7, 2022.

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