The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council offers three grant programs in its current fiscal year (July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021).

Flexible Support $15,000 for groups to respond to their needs during this reality of COVID-19. There are three deadlines for this grant program and it is open to new applicants and returning applicants; groups that have current open grants with MRAC are eligible to apply to this new program.

Equity Response is a $2,500 grant program open to groups that are led by 50% or more Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) individuals, People with Disabilities (PWD), and/or those who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual/Agender, Two-Spirit (LGBTQIA2+). There are eight deadlines for this grant program and eligible groups can receive one of these awards; eligible groups can also receive a Flexible Support grant in this fiscal year.

Next Step Fund, generously funded by the McKnight Foundation, is open to individual artists to enhance career advancement through a project to remove a barrier to artistic achievement. This deadline is January 11, 2021; the online application will be available six-weeks before the deadline.

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.

Information about MRAC grants in languages other than English are available here:

MRAC Information in Amharic
MRAC Information in Hmong
MRAC Information in Lao
MRAC Information in Oromo
MRAC Information in Somali
MRAC Information in Spanish
MRAC Information in Vietnamese

MRAC Program Directors welcome your questions about eligibility and grant programs. 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.”

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