Save the Dates – MRAC Grant Programs

We are excited to announce grant programs for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts July 1, 2022 and ends June 30, 2023.

Stay tuned for grant program details, guidelines in English and Spanish, grant application resources on the MRAC website in multiple formats, opportunities for staff assistance, and more, this coming June.

Meanwhile, mark your calendars with the grant program dates!

Flexible Support

Flexible Support Round 1

Application Deadline: August 1, 2022 at 11:59 PM
Board Approval: November 22, 2022
Earliest Eligible Proposal Start Date: November 23, 2022

Flexible Support Round 2

Application Deadline: February 13, 2023 at 11:59 PM
Board review: May 30, 2023
Earliest eligible Proposal Start Date: June 1, 2023

The Flexible Support grant provides up to $15,000 in funding to help groups create and sustain Minnesotans’ access to the arts. An eligible group’s primary address must be located in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott or Washington county. 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.

Arts Impact for Groups

Application Deadline: November 21, 2022 at 11:59 PM
Board Approval: May 30, 2023
Earliest Eligible Proposal Start Date: June 1, 2023
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.

Arts Impact for Individuals

Application Deadline: December 12, 2022 at 11:59 PM
Board Approval: April 25, 2023
Earliest Eligible Proposal Start Date: April 26, 2023

The Arts Impact for Individuals grant provides up to $5,000 in funding for artistic projects in Minnesota led by individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or a Person of Color (BIPOC); and/or a Person with Disabilities (PWD); and/or Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual/Agender, Two-Spirit (LGBTQIA2+). Individuals must have primary addresses in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott or Washington county. This grant is designed to support individuals leading efforts to create access to the arts for communities and/or engage with communities through artistic endeavors.

Next Step Fund

Application Deadline: January 9, 2023 at 11:59 PM
Board Approval: June 27, 2023
Earliest Eligible Proposal Start Date: June 28, 2023

The Next Step Fund grant is designed to help artists complete a project focused on their individual artistic and/or professional development goals within an artistic discipline. Projects should outline strategies that will help the artist overcome barriers to success, sustain the continued success of their artistic career, and/or help them leverage an opportunity. The Next Step Fund is funded by the McKnight Foundation and provides project grants up to $5,000 to artists in any discipline. Applicants may be at any stage in their career, but must be able to provide work samples of their own original art. Individual artists must have a primary residential address in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, or Washington county.

Photo by Blake Nellis for Honey. Image description: A group of dancers are all mid-jump, facing the same direction, arms outstretched, on a stage. The stage is outdoors and the audience is sitting on the grass.
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