Arts Impact for Groups Grant Webinar and Information

Arts Impact for Groups

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[English] The Arts Impact for Groups grant provides up to $10,000 in funding for groups led by 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+). Groups must be located in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington county. This grant is designed to be an infusion of funds to support a group’s ability to create access to the arts.

Your grant proposal 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.”

The deadline for Arts Impact for Groups applications is February 7, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. The application for Arts Impact for Groups will open December 2, 2021.

[Español] La subvención de Arts Impact for Groups otorga fondos de hasta $10,000 a grupos liderados por indígenas, personas negras o de color (BIPOC); personas con discapacidades (PWD); o lesbianas, gais, bisexuales, transgénero, queer, intersexuales, asexuales/sin género o dos espíritus (LGBTQIA2+). Estos grupos se deben encontrar en los condados de Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott y Washington. Esta subvención se diseñó para inyectar fondos de respaldo a la capacidad de un grupo para permitir el acceso al arte.

Una propuesta de subvención puede incluir una actividad de programación artística, como un evento por única vez (por ejemplo, una producción teatral) o una serie de eventos (por ejemplo, un semestre de clases de pintura). Las actividades relacionadas con la capacidad de organización pueden incluir iniciativas coordinadas que reafirmen la capacidad de una organización para hacer su trabajo (como un cambio de imagen, la creación de un sitio web o la renovación de los sistemas de control de finanzas), o podrían incluir la compra de equipo o la implementación de mejoras en edificios. Las actividades relacionadas con las operaciones podrían respaldar la continuación de las operaciones de un grupo (como el pago de salarios del personal o el alquiler de un espacio). Todos estos tipos de actividades, por separado o combinados de alguna manera, podrían ser el “proyecto” o “programa” de la organización.

La fecha límite es el 7 de febrero de 2022 a las 11:59 p.m. 

Before You Apply

Step One: Arts Impact for Groups 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.

There are two ways to access the webinar:

Attend the Arts Impact for Groups grant information webinar via Zoom on Wednesday, December 1st: 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. For complete details about MRAC’s access services and accommodations, please visit Accessibility at MRAC.

Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Watch the Arts Impact for Groups grant information webinar anytime after December 6th. The video will be embedded on the grant page https://mrac.org/grants/arts-impact-groups/.

Step Two: Arts Impact for Groups Guidelines

The Arts Impact for Groups grant guidelines are comprehensive and will help you to put together an application.

Additional Assistance

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 Arts Impact for Groups application assistance meeting request form at the bottom of this page https://mrac.org/grants/arts-impact-groups/ The meeting request form will open on December 2.

Check out 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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