Flexible Support Due August 9, Fiscal Sponsor New Info

Flexible Support Round 1 Applications Due Monday, August 9 11:59 PM

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 deadline for Round 1 applications is Monday, August 9, 2021 11:59 PM.

New Fiscal Sponsor Requirements

Fiscally sponsored groups with arts projects are 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.

A fiscal sponsor is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization that receives MRAC grant monies and manages the financial aspects of the project on behalf of a group that does not have tax-exempt status.

Fiscally sponsored groups must have a fiscal sponsor. Fiscal Sponsors must be:

  • registered with the IRS as a federally tax-exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit
  • with a Minnesota address
  • and have an active registration with the Minnesota Secretary of State as a nonprofit organization.

Fiscal sponsors may not be Public, private, alternative, charter, transitional, or home schools (this includes school support organizations such as PTAs, PTOs, school foundations, etc.). Schools are groups/organizations providing K-12 education that meet state education requirements and post-secondary education leading to a degree or accreditation.

MRAC requires a Fiscal Sponsor Agreement Letter to confirm that your organization/group has an active working relationship with the fiscal sponsor at the time of application.

Upload a letter or email from the fiscal sponsor that outlines the agreement between your organization and the fiscal sponsor. The letter/email must include all of the following:

  • The name of the fiscal sponsor
  • The name of the applicant group
  • Fiscal sponsor’s EIN (the Federal Tax Identification Number)
  • Signature of the fiscal sponsor contact
  • A date within six months of the grant deadline
  • (the name of the project is no longer required)
  • (the mission of the group is no longer required)
Fiscal Sponsorship Agreement Letter template: FY22 Fiscal Sponsorship Letter Template

New & Returning Applicants: Prepare to Apply

Step One: Flexible Support Webinar

The Flexible Support grant information webinars are designed to help groups prepare their Flexible Support grant application. Webinars cover funding, eligibility, program scope, and the details of applying for a Flexible Support 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.

Watch the Flexible Support Grant Information webinar anytime here https://mrac.org/grants/flexible-support/

Step Two: Flexible Support Guidelines

The Flexible Support grant guidelines are comprehensive and will help you to put together an application. Note that if you applied to Flexible Support before, you must review the guidelines, as application questions have changed.

Step Three: Additional Assistance

If you have a quick question about Flexible Support, reach out to Program Director Scott Artley scott@mrac.org.

If you have general application questions or need technical assistance (for example help with resetting a password or logging into the grant interface), send an email to mrac@mrac.org.

If you would like to request a meeting with a Program Director to discuss eligibility and program intent and project idea development, or to receive other help with your application, fill out the Flexible Support Program application assistance meeting request form at the bottom of this page https://mrac.org/grants/flexible-support/

Newly launched is the Welcome to MRAC Grants page, which is intended to introduce new and returning applicants to MRAC grant programs and the grant-making process. You will find information about translation and accessibility options, fiscal sponsorship, and tips to apply to all of MRAC grant programs.

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