Grants

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We are happy you are interested in the programs at MRAC! We have a lot of information to share with you to figure out if what is offered at MRAC is a good fit for you. If at any point you have questions, please feel free to reach out to us.

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General Phone: 651-645-0402
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Information about MRAC grants in languages other than English are available here:
MRAC grants in Amharic (pdf, docx)
MRAC grants in Hmong (pdf, docx)
MRAC grants in Lao (pdf, docx)
MRAC grants in Oromo (pdf, docx)
MRAC grants in Somali (pdf, docx)
MRAC grants in Spanish (pdf, docx)
MRAC grants in Vietnamese (pdf, docx)

Accessibility

MRAC materials are available in Braille, Large Print, or other formats such as language translation. Please contact MRAC to request these mrac@mrac.org.

Virtual MRAC workshops and webinars always have live automated captioning available: Learn how to enable captions on Zoom. Live human-generated captions, live American Sign Language interpretation, and related written materials are available for most activities upon advance request. For activities led by MRAC staff, presenters will describe all visual elements of presentations verbally.

Recorded workshops and webinars are available on MRAC’s YouTube channel  with captions.

MRAC Grantmaking

MRAC’s mission is to improve arts access for communities in the seven county metropolitan area through support to artists and organizations. Our overall strategy is to provide leadership, resources and tools that enable artists and arts organizations to thrive in a changing environment and address disparities in the 7 county metropolitan area through a robust menu of programs and services and community engagement activities.

MRAC is primarily a steward of funds for artists and organizations, so we want to be transparent about where our funding comes from.

The Legacy logo with the words 'Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment'Minnesota State Arts Board logoIn November 2008, Minnesotans passed the Clean Water, Land & Legacy amendment to the Minnesota Constitution. The Legacy Amendment increased the state sales tax by three-eighths of one percent. The amendment created the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, and its proceeds “may be spent only on arts, arts education and arts access and to preserve Minnesota’s history and cultural heritage.”

In addition to the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund, a portion from the Minnesota Legislature’s budget goes to the Minnesota State Arts Board. The Minnesota State Arts Board distributes about 30% of the state funds among eleven regional arts councils around the state. The regional arts councils were formed as independent 501(c)3 non-profit organizations to ensure funding gets into every county of the state.

Regional Arts Councils (RACs) of Minnesota

Northwest Minnesota Arts Council logo Region 2 Arts Council logo    Arrowhead Regional Arts Council logo Lake Region Arts Council logo

Region 1: Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Warren, MN
Counties served: Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau

Region 2: Region 2 Arts Council Bemidji, MN
Counties served: Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen

Region 3: Arrowhead Regional Arts Council Duluth, MN
Counties served: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis

Region 4: Lake Region Arts Council Fergus Falls, MN
Counties served: Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, and Wilkin
. Five Wings Arts Council logo. Southwest Minnesota Arts Council logoEast Central Regional Arts Council logo

Region 5: Five Wings Arts Council Staples, MN
Counties served: Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd, and Wadena

Region 6E/SW/8: Southwest Minnesota Arts Council Marshall, MN
Counties served: Big Stone, Cottonwood, Chippewa, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Swift, and Yellow Medicine

Region 7E: East Central Regional Arts Council Braham, MN
Counties served: Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and Pine

Central Minnesota Arts Board logo. Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council logo. Southeast Minnesota Arts Council logo

Region 7W: Central Minnesota Arts Board Foley, MN
Counties served: Benton, Sherburne, Stearns, and Wright

Region 9: Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council Waseca, MN
Counties served: Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, and Watonwan

Region 10: Southeast Minnesota Arts Council Rochester, MN
Counties served: Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, and Winona

MRAC LogoRegion 11: Metropolitan Regional Arts Council St. Paul, MN
MRAC serves the 7-county Twin Cities metropolitan area (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington counties). MRAC also receives funds from The McKnight Foundation to support individual artists in the 7-county metropolitan area.

MRAC is a unique grantmaker because each year we distribute all of our income to grantees, minus our operating expenses. We do not reserve funds for investing, and any interest yielded from our bank – a Community Development Financial Institution – is distributed.

MRAC Communities

Map of Minnesota7 Metropolitan counties in Minnesota

MRAC works with individuals and groups whose primary physical addresses are located in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and/or Washington counties.

Types of Groups

All groups must be located in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and/or Washington counties in order to be eligible for MRAC grants.

Eligible MRAC groups are:

  • Arts groups and organizations: Federally tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organizations with annual operating expenses of $400,000 or less.
  • Cultural groups and organizations: Federally tax-exempt 501(c)(3) cultural nonprofit organizations that provide arts and non-arts programming with annual arts programming expenses of $400,000 or less.
  • Fiscally sponsored groups with arts projects: 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 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. Fiscally sponsored groups also must consist of at least 3 people who are on the leadership team.
  • Non-arts and non-cultural nonprofit organizations: Federally tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations with annual arts programming expenses of $400,000 or less. Non-arts and non-cultural nonprofit organizations must be able to isolate their arts programming expenses from non-arts and non-cultural financial activity.
  • A public entity such as a unit of state, local, or tribal government with annual arts expenses of $400,000 or less. The public entity must be able to isolate their arts programming expenses from non-arts and non-cultural financial activity.
  • Community education units of a school district with annual arts budgets of any size. Community education units must be able to isolate their arts programming expenses from non-arts and non-cultural financial activity.

Individuals

In programs for which individuals are eligible, the individual must have resided in the seven-county metro area (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, Washington) for the last 6 months prior to the application date. If the individual is granted funds, they must continue to reside in the seven-county metro area of the entirety of the contract period.

Individual Artists: artists of any artistic discipline, who are at any stage in their career.Artists must demonstrate achievement in their artistic field and have a history of public presentation or community contribution.

Individual Organizers of art projects: individuals who lead efforts to create access to the arts for communities and/or engage with communities through creative endeavors, in the state of Minnesota.

Priority Communities

MRAC believes in the ability to build increased connectivity and economic strength through supporting cultural and artistic expression of all social identities. We know that systems currently in place have historically marginalized and underserved people based on demographics and geography. We also recognize that the disparities for these groups are different, which requires different strategies for addressing barriers.

MRAC has prioritized the following communities:

Geographic: Greater Metro region, which includes groups with its primary physical address located in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Scott, Washington, Suburban Hennepin, and Suburban Ramsey counties.

Demographic: Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC)-led, People with Disabilities (PWD)-led, and/or Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual/Agender, Two-Spirit (LGBTQIA2+)-led MRAC eligible groups and individual organizers of art projects.

  • In Flexible Support, a portion of the available funds are reserved (blocked) for groups of Geographic and Demographic priority communities.
  • Groups of Demographic priority communities may apply to the Flexible Support program and the Arts Impact for Groups program.
  • Individual organizers of arts projects of Demographic priority communities may apply to the Arts Impact for Individuals program. Individual Artists may also apply for the Next Step Fund program.

MRAC Grant Programs

Flexible Support for Groups

The Flexible Support grant provides up to $15,000 in funding to help groups whose primary addresses are located in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott or Washington county to create access to the arts and stay connected to audiences/communities in Minnesota. 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.

The grant proposal could include an Arts Programming activity such as a single event like a theater production or a series like a 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.”

Arts Impact for Groups

Arts Impact grant 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. Groups must be located in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties. 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 artistic or capacity building projects.

Arts Impact for Individuals

Arts Impact grant 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. Individuals must be located in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties. This grant is designed to support individuals leading efforts to create access to the arts for communities and/or engage with communities through creative endeavors. Each project must include a community component, such as an informal talk, workshop, public performance, or exhibition, any of which may be presented virtually.

Next Step Fund for Individual Artists

The 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.

MRAC Grants Calendar

Flexible Support Round 1 Calendar

  • July 2021: Grant Information Webinars and assistance from program directors.
  • July 6, 2021: Guidelines are available on the website at https://mrac.org/grants/flexible-support/, Application is available in the grant interface, project proposals are accepted.
  • August 9, 2021 at 11:59 PM is the deadline. Applications must be received by this time. MRAC does not accept late applications.
  • Starting August 10, 2021: Organization/group eligibility review by MRAC staff.
  • September 2021: panel of peer reviewers will score applications from eligible organizations.
  • October 2021: ratings from panel reviewers are collected, projects are reviewed by staff for eligibility, and funding recommendations are drafted.
  • November 16, 2021: Board of Directors review the funding recommendations and make the funding decision.
  • November 17, 2021: staff send out grant notifications via email to applicants.
  • Eligible funding period: November 17, 2021 to June 30, 2023.

Arts Impact for Individuals Calendar

  • September 2021: Grant Information Webinars and assistance from program directors.
  • September 2021: Guidelines will be available. Application is available in the grant interface, project proposals are accepted.
  • October 4, 2021 at 11:59 PM is the deadline. Applications must be received by this time. MRAC does not accept late applications.
  • Starting October 5, 2021: Individual applicants eligibility review by MRAC staff.
  • October 2021: panel of peer reviewers will score applications from eligible applicants.
  • November 2021: ratings from panel reviewers are collected, projects are reviewed by staff for eligibility, and funding recommendations are drafted.
  • December 14, 2021: Board of Directors review the funding recommendations and make the funding decision.
  • December 15, 2021: staff send out grant notifications via email to applicants.
  • Eligible funding period: December 15, 2021 to June 30, 2023.

Next Step Fund Calendar

  • December 2021: Grant Information Webinars and assistance from program directors.
  • December 2021: Guidelines will be available. Application is available in the grant interface, project proposals are accepted.
  • January 10, 2022 at 11:59 PM is the deadline. Applications must be received by this time. MRAC does not accept late applications.
  • Starting January 11, 2022: Individual applicants eligibility review by MRAC staff.
  • February 2022: panel of peer reviewers will score applications from eligible applicants.
  • March 2022: finalist applicants are determined.
  • March 14, 2022: work samples from finalists are due.
  • April 2022: panel of peer reviewers will score finalists applications.
  • May 2022: ratings from panel reviewers are collected and funding recommendations are drafted.
  • May 17, 2022: Board of Directors review the funding recommendations and make the funding decision.
  • May 18, 2022: staff send out grant notifications via email to applicants.
  • Eligible funding period starts May 18, 2022.

Art Impact for Groups Calendar

  • January 2022: Grant Information Webinars and assistance from program directors.
  • January 2022: Guidelines will be available. Application is available in the grant interface, project proposals are accepted.
  • February 7, 2022 at 11:59 PM is the deadline. Applications must be received by this time. MRAC does not accept late applications.
  • Starting February 8, 2022: Organization/group eligibility review by MRAC staff.
  • March 2022: panel of peer reviewers will score applications from eligible organizations.
  • April 2022: ratings from panel reviewers are collected, projects are reviewed by staff for eligibility, and funding recommendations are drafted.
  • April 26, 2022: Board of Directors review the funding recommendations and make the funding decision.
  • April 27, 2022: staff send out grant notifications via email to applicants.
  • Eligible funding period: April 27, 2022 to June 30, 2023.

Flexible Support Round 2 Calendar

  • End of January 2022: Application is available in the grant interface, project proposals are accepted
  • February 2022: Assistance from program directors.
  • March 14, 2022 at 11:59 PM is the deadline. Applications must be received by this time. MRAC does not accept late applications.
  • Starting March 14, 2022: Organization/group eligibility review by MRAC staff.
  • April 2022: panel of peer reviewers will score applications from eligible organizations.
  • May 2022: ratings from panel reviewers are collected, projects are reviewed by staff for eligibility, and funding recommendations are drafted.
  • June 21, 2022: Board of Directors review the funding recommendations and make the funding decision.
  • June 22, 2022: staff send out grant notifications via email to applicants.
  • Eligible funding period: June 22, 2022 to June 30, 2023.

Preparing to Apply

Assistance

MRAC wants to make sure the application process is accessible and available for you to share who you are and your project ideas.

Here are some ways we are trying to make the process accessible:

Online Resources

Visit the Grant Resources page (mrac.org/grants/grant-resources) to access templates, technical how-tos for the grant interface, links to sites to find demographic information, and a glossary of terms.

Grant Information Webinars

MRAC offers grant application workshops to learn about the grant program and to discuss project ideas. Check the online calendar (mrac.org/events) for dates and times: mrac.org/events. Recorded workshops are also posted on the MRAC YouTube channel.

Program Directors

Program directors are available to help with your application. To schedule a video or phone meeting with a program director, visit the main page for the grant program and follow the application assistance meeting request form at the bottom of the grant program page so we can follow up with you. You may also call the number listed on the grant program page, and we will take down your information and follow up to schedule a meeting. There are three types of meetings you may request:

  • Group Eligibility/Project Ideas Check-in (early in the process)
  • Application Eligibility Review (for when you have a draft ready for us to review for eligibility)
  • Project Check-In (once you received a grant and want to discuss any project changes)

Please note: We will do some initial brainstorming/refining with you about ideas, and will review application materials for eligibility and completeness. We are not able to help with reviewing content beyond eligibility.

Language Translation

The online grant portal allows for Google Translate to access the application in a variety of languages. With advance notice, MRAC can also contract a speaking translator to assist.

Screen Readers and other Assistive Technologies

MRAC requests that all applicants apply online unless a disability prevents them from doing so. The company that makes the online application software MRAC uses, Foundant Technologies, suggests using NVDA, a screen reader software compatible with Windows available for free download.

Alternate Application Formats

Applicants wishing to use other means to apply can work with MRAC staff to adapt our typical processes to ensure you have equal opportunity to submit an application. Solutions we have previously implemented include filling out an adapted form in Microsoft Word, and providing verbal responses that MRAC will share via audio recording or transcription.

Contact us prior to the grant program deadline to begin a conversation about how to make sure you have an equal opportunity to apply.

MRAC Grant Interface

To apply for a grant, log into your grant account or create a grant account.

Group applicants follow: Manage My Organizational Grant
Individual applicants follow: Manage My Individual Grant

Log-in ID = email address (not individual name or organization name)
You can reset your password (staff can help)

Contact MRAC with any difficulties accessing the online portal, but note that assistance is available only until 5:00 p.m. on the deadline day.
All MRAC grant applications must be completed and received by MRAC no later than 11:59:59 p.m. on deadline day.

Group applicants

Organizations should only use one organization grant record to apply for either Flexible Support or Arts Impact – Groups.

If your organization already has an account in the grant portal, use the login credentials with that organization. If you are not sure about this status, contact MRAC.

Groups should only use one organizational grant record, while there can be multiple users per organization. All communication about this grant will be sent to the applicant’s email address in the online application.

Individual applicants

Individuals should only use one individual grant record to apply for either Next Step Fund or Arts Impact Grant – Individuals.

Fiscal Sponsorship

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

Considering serving as a Fiscal Sponsor?: What You Need to Know about Fiscal Sponsorship

Start Early (if you can)

Give yourself time to get help from MRAC staff and prepare your application. Here is a suggested timeline:

5-6 weeks ahead of the deadline: Review the guidelines, plan to attend a Grant Information Webinar or review a recorded webinar on MRAC’s YouTube channel. Create or log in to your online grant interface account, and familiarize yourself with the application. If needed, find a fiscal sponsor.

4 weeks ahead: Request to meet with a program director, who can help you generate or refine ideas about what to apply for and provide a review to make sure your organization or application is eligible. Start gathering any necessary documents.

2 weeks ahead: Complete a draft of your application using the downloadable Word template provided on the grant page, or start working directly in the grant interface. Ask for input and feedback from your community. Request an application eligibility review from an MRAC program director to make sure your application would proceed to the panel review stage.

1 week ahead: Use feedback to finalize your application. Plan to submit well before the deadline of 11:59 PM, as late applications will not be accepted. If you submit early and wish to change something in your application before the deadline, please contact us by 5:00 PM on the deadline day and be sure to hit Submit again.

If you aren’t on this timeline, don’t worry, you could still submit a strong application.

Your Proposal

You or your group can prepare for all of the grant programs at MRAC in a similar way:

  • Checking out the grant programs.
  • Coming up with an idea of the grant program(s) that fits with you or your group.
  • Reading the grant program guidelines.
  • Attending a workshop and/or meeting with a program director.
  • Creating a new account, or logging into the existing account, in one of the grant portals, either the portal for groups or the portal for individuals.
  • Coming up with ideas of how to talk about you or your group and your proposal.
  • If you are a group without federal tax-exempt status, establishing a relationship with a fiscal sponsor.

Sharing Your Ideas

Try to communicate your ideas to the reviewers in these ways:

You or Your Group

Describe yourself or your group, the kind of arts programming you do or plan to do, and your goals or intentions.

Give reviewers enough context to understand who you are and what you do.

Help them to understand the ways in which your goals or the group’s goals and arts programming align with the project and community.

The Project

Describe the project you want to do and why. Proposals for all grant programs, excluding Next Step Fund, must be about arts access.

Paint a clear picture of a compelling set of project activities that advance (or contribute to advancing) your goals or the group’s goals. Talk about the goals for the project. Help reviewers to understand the ways in which the project or program activities and goals align with your or the group’s goals.

Your Community

For all programs except Next Step Fund, you will describe the people the project benefits, how the project benefits the people you described, and who works on the project.

Help reviewers to understand the ways in which the project is aligned with the people intended to benefit from the project.

Project Costs

In a budget, you will list all of the project- or program-related items and labor you will pay for with the grant money.

Help reviewers to understand the ways in which the expenses align with the goals of the project.

Review and Decision Process

Panel Review

A group of peer panelists will review applications and individually score proposals. Panelists are trained on the grant guidelines and provided with a guide to help them rate each application on the grant criteria.

Panelists will rate each criterion on a scale of 1 through 5, where 5 is stronger. Panelists will be required to write at least one comment about their feedback and reasoning for their ratings.

Funding Allocation

Grant funds will be allocated based on panel rankings. All funds budgeted for the grant program will be allocated. We aim to fund as many applications as possible!

In Flexible Support, groups led by priority communities will receive a percent of the grants awarded that is equal to or greater than their percentage of the applicant pool.

MRAC Board of Directors

MRAC staff submits the panel ratings to the MRAC Board of Directors who make the final decision on funding.

Appeals must be made in writing within 30 days of the notification of the board decision. Appeals are considered only on the basis of alleged procedural errors. Contact MRAC for a copy of the appeal policy.

Notifications

MRAC staff works to notify applicants of the funding decisions as soon as possible, after the Board of Directors have made their decision. Notifications are sent to the applicant’s email you used in the grant interface.

After the applicants have been notified, we share the awards on our website, in our newsletter, and on social media.

You Are a Grantee!

You received an email that you or your group has been awarded funding. Congratulations!

Grant Agreement

Groups

An authorized signer for your group or organization will need to complete an online grant agreement. Additionally, a W-9 form will need to be uploaded by the applicant to the grant agreement. If your group is fiscally sponsored you will need a W-9 from your fiscal sponsor and then the applicant must upload it to the grant agreement. The W-9 cannot be for an individual.

Individuals

The applicant must complete the online grant agreement. The W-9 form for the individual must be uploaded to the grant agreement.

Acknowledgement

  • Grantees need to use the appropriate language and logos on all promotion of the funded activities. The funder language and logo guidelines are here https://mrac.org/resources/funder-logo-guidelines/ The grant agreement in the MRAC grant interface will also have funder language, please check your grant agreement for the source of funds that will determine the appropriate language and logos.
  • Also, grantees should send a thank you note to your legislators. MRAC monies are allocated by the MN State Legislature through an appropriation and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. In order to ensure the continued availability of such funds, it is very important your legislators know that state arts funds are being used in their district and the types of activities these funds are supporting. Here is a Sample Grant Acknowledgement Letter to Legislators and a Sample Email to Legislators for your use. Unsure of who represents you in the state legislature? The MN District Finder will tell you who your representatives are by typing in your address.
  • MRAC staff do not need a letter of appreciation for the grant. In fact we prefer that you do not send letters of appreciation (although positive emails always brighten our day!)

During the Project

  • Use the appropriate language and logos on all promotion of the funded activities. The funder language and logo guidelines are here https://mrac.org/resources/funder-logo-guidelines/
  • The grant agreement in the MRAC grant interface will also have funder language, please check your grant agreement for the source of funds that will determine the appropriate language and logos.
  • Spend the entirety of the MRAC grant award as outlined in Project Expenses and by the End Date.
  • Collect the data you will need for the final report, especially participant information.
  • Any project changes (to the activities, timeline, budget, etc.) must be approved in writing by the program director. Reach out with any questions or changes to the project before changing the project, as not all project changes can be approved. All project changes must be approved before submitting the Final Report.

After the Project

  • An online Final Report is due 2 months after the project end date that was entered at the time of application.
  • Final Reports should be completed AFTER all grant funds have been spent and the activities described in your proposal are completed. You must demonstrate in the Final Report grant expenditures at or greater to the budgeted amount or funds will need to be returned.
  • If you are not done with your project, please refer to the project changes page (https://mrac.org/grants/project-changes/).
  • Overdue final reports may affect future eligibility to apply for and/or receive MRAC funding.

You are not a Grantee (this time)

MRAC has a limited amount of funds to grant, and many worthy applications are not funded in every round. As a hands-on grantmaker, we want to help you prepare your best application, and a previously submitted application is a valuable tool to help you prepare an even stronger one in the future.

Anonymous ratings and comments from the panel that reviewed your application are available by request for all applicants after funding decisions are made. Information will be added to the MRAC grant interface. After logging in, navigate to Organization History, and under the Request History tab select the relevant application, where the document will be uploaded under the Documents tab.

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