The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council offers seven grant programs to fund arts projects or programs and to support the successful infrastructure of arts organizations. Grants range from $2,000 to $10,000 and are ranked by a panel of artists and arts professionals in an open meeting format and then funding recommendations are presented to the MRAC Board of Directors for approval. Please review the eligibility requirements and visit the Guidelines for each of the grant programs to determine if you or your arts organization are a good match for MRAC funding.
These are grant programs available to nonprofit arts organizations and informal arts groups:
MRAC has one grant program that is available to individual artists: Next Step Fund
Download the MRAC FY20 Grant Calendar for an overview of all of MRAC’s Fiscal Year 2020 grants and deadlines and the Lifecycle of a MRAC Grant to see how a grant goes from application to funded at MRAC.
Annually there are two Arts Achievement Awards granted to MRAC eligible groups demonstrating artistic excellence in programming to the community and a Great Beginnings Award presented to groups who have had a strong start to their work serving community.
All of the MRAC grants are reviewed and ranked by a panel of individuals who are connected to the arts community and final awards are approved by the MRAC board of directors.
MRAC Program Directors welcome your questions about eligibility, grant programs and also offer draft support for grant applications. First time applicants are especially encouraged to contact the appropriate Program Director prior to starting an application, after first reviewing eligibility and program guidelines.
As one of 11 regional arts councils in Minnesota, MRAC is funded by an appropriation from the Minnesota Legislature, the Legacy Amendment Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, and by The McKnight Foundation.
In November 2008, Minnesotans passed the Clean Water, Land & Legacy amendment to the Minnesota Constitution, which created the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Proceeds from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund “may be spent only on arts, arts education and arts access and to preserve Minnesota’s history and cultural heritage.”