Arts Impact for Groups
The Arts Impact for Groups grant provides up to $10,000 in funding to help groups create and sustain Minnesotans’ access to the arts. Groups must be Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC); and/or disabled people/people with disabilities; and/or Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual/Agender, Two-Spirit (LGBTQIA2+) led. Groups’ primary addresses must also 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.
The deadline for Arts Impact for Groups applications is November 21, 2022 at 11:59 PM.
Guidelines & Appendices
Documents are provided in several formats. PDFs may open in a new window.
- Arts Impact for Groups FY23 Guidelines – all applicants must read the guidelines
- Haitian Creole
- Appendix – Have an awarded or pending MRAC Grant: groups who have an awarded or pending grant must review this document, as awarded or pending grants may affect your eligibility.
- Appendix – Sample Budgets: includes sample budgets and budget checklists
- Appendix – Leadership Identities Examples: examples of eligible and ineligible Leadership Identities
- Application template: A Word template that you may use to create your application prior to uploading it to the grant interface.
- Fiscal sponsorship letter template: A template that fiscally-sponsored groups may use to create their fiscal sponsorship letters.
Panel Rating Guide
This document describes how the information you provide will be used to review your application.
- Haitian Creole
These proposals have been successfully funded in Arts Impact for Groups (all files are downloadable PDFs):
- Sample Grant Application: Off-Leash Area
- Sample Grant Application: APIA MN Film Collective
- Sample Grant Application: Kalpulli Ketzalcoatlicue
Grant Information Webinar
MRAC will offer a Grant Information Webinar to learn about the grant program on September 30, 2022. To register visit:https://bit.ly/39RLx70.
The recorded webinar and presentation slides will also be shared on the MRAC YouTube account and on this webpage. The webinar includes ASL interpretation, adjustable captions, automated translated captions into other languages, and adjustable playback speeds.
MRAC Program Directors are available to help with your application. To schedule a video or phone meeting with a program director, fill out the application assistance meeting request form.
Additional Online Resources
Visit the Welcome to MRAC page (https://mrac.org/grants) to learn about the MRAC grant application process, an overview of all our grant programs, and more resources related to seeking and receiving MRAC funding.
These guidelines and other materials are translated in Spanish and available on this page. MRAC’s website can also be translated into Spanish by clicking the language button in the top left corner (ES = español).
The online grant portal has the Google Translate feature to enable application translations in over 100 languages.
Groups/organizations are encouraged to apply in their preferred language. With advance notice, MRAC can contract an interpreter and/or translator to assist during the application process.
MRAC requests that all applicants apply online unless a disability prevents them from doing so.
MRAC works to ensure that grant guidelines, workshop presentations, and any other written materials are created with accessibility principles in mind. Additionally, we are happy to provide materials in Braille, Large Print, or other formats with advanced notice that varies according to format, from one week to on-demand, but even if the notice timeline has elapsed, we may still be able to accommodate the request.
On each grant webpage there is a link to the guidelines in a text format that is friendly to screen readers and text resizing. The company that makes the online application software MRAC uses, Foundant Technologies, suggests using NVDA (https://www.nvaccess.org/about-nvda/), a screen reader software compatible with Windows available for free download.
Applicants with disabilities 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 as early as possible to begin a conversation about how to make sure you have an equal opportunity to apply.
Questions about the grantmaking process in general and technical assistance with the grant interface (such as trouble logging in), please contact us at email@example.com or 651-645-0402.
Questions and assistance related to eligibility and/or preparing an application:
Mirella Espino (firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-523-6386).
To schedule a time to meet with a staff member who can assist you, please fill out the application assistance meeting request form.
Please do your best to read these guidelines thoroughly before reaching out with questions.
We strongly encourage new applicants, and applicants who have awarded grants or plan to apply for multiple MRAC grants this fiscal year to request a meeting to discuss your specific situation further.