Arts Impact for Groups

[English] 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.

Your grant proposal could include an arts programming activity such as a single event (e.g. theater production) or a series (e.g. 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” or “program.”

The deadline for Arts Impact for Groups applications is February 7, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. The grant application will open on December 2, 2021. Please read the guidelines before you apply.

Text Guidelines for screen readers and translation applications are available at this link: Arts Impact for Groups Text Version Grant Guidelines

[Español] La subvención de Arts Impact for Groups otorga fondos de hasta $10,000 a grupos liderados por indígenas, personas negras o de color (BIPOC); personas con discapacidades (PWD); o lesbianas, gais, bisexuales, transgénero, queer, intersexuales, asexuales/sin género o dos espíritus (LGBTQIA2+). Estos grupos se deben encontrar en los condados de Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott y Washington. Esta subvención se diseñó para inyectar fondos de respaldo a la capacidad de un grupo para permitir el acceso al arte.

Una propuesta de subvención puede incluir una actividad de programación artística, como un evento por única vez (por ejemplo, una producción teatral) o una serie de eventos (por ejemplo, un semestre de clases de pintura). Las actividades relacionadas con la capacidad de organización pueden incluir iniciativas coordinadas que reafirmen la capacidad de una organización para hacer su trabajo (como un cambio de imagen, la creación de un sitio web o la renovación de los sistemas de control de finanzas), o podrían incluir la compra de equipo o la implementación de mejoras en edificios. Las actividades relacionadas con las operaciones podrían respaldar la continuación de las operaciones de un grupo (como el pago de salarios del personal o el alquiler de un espacio). Todos estos tipos de actividades, por separado o combinados de alguna manera, podrían ser el “proyecto” o “programa” de la organización.

La fecha límite es el 7 de febrero de 2022 a las 11:59 p.m. 


Grant Information Webinar

The Arts Impact for Groups grant information webinar is designed to help applicants prepare their Arts Impact for Groups grant application. The webinar covers funding, eligibility, program scope, and the details of applying for an Arts Impact for Groups grant at MRAC. Participants will become familiar with the program and online application and will leave with clear expectations of the next steps to apply for MRAC funding.

Attend the Arts Impact for Groups grant information webinar via Zoom on Wednesday, December 1: 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM.

ASL interpretation and live CART captioning services will be provided. If you would like any modifications to aid your participation in this activity, please indicate requests in the registration form or reach out to Scott Artley at or 651-523-6384. For complete details about MRAC’s access services and accommodations, please visit

Register in advance for this meeting at this link  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Monday, February 7, 2022 - 11:59 pm

Program directors

Mirella Espino

Scott Artley

Program requirements & eligibility

The requirements listed below are intended to give a sense of the program and are NOT comprehensive. Please read the complete guidelines before beginning your application and contact your program director with questions.

To be eligible for the Arts Impact for Groups, groups/organizations must be located in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, or Washington county.

Additionally, at least 51% of the leadership staff must identify as 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+).
To MRAC, group “leaders” are defined as the people who are in positions of power. Include core decision-makers of the group’s overall operations. This must include all board members and executive director or equivalent positions. If applicable, include an advisory committee.

The applicant group must also be organized in one of these ways:

  • 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 art 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 also must consist of at least 3 people who are on the leadership team. Fiscally sponsored groups must have a fiscal sponsor.
  • Other eligible groups: non-arts and non-cultural nonprofit organizations; public entities; community education units.

Help with your application

MRAC Program Directors are available for questions on eligibility and program intent, project idea development, and will, when possible, review your application materials for eligibility in advance of the deadline. We encourage you to reach out to the program director before you submit an application, especially if you are a first-time applicant to MRAC.

New to MRAC?

Check out the Welcome to MRAC Grants page, which is intended to introduce new and returning applicants to MRAC grant programs and the grant-making process. You will find information about translation and accessibility options, fiscal sponsorship, and tips to apply to all of MRAC grant programs.

Technical Support

Questions about the grantmaking process in general and technical assistance with the grant interface (such as trouble logging in), please contact us at or 651-645-0402.

Questions and assistance about Eligibility & the Application

Please do your best to read these guidelines thoroughly before reaching out with questions.

Contact Mirella Espino ( or 651-523-6380). Or, fill out the Arts Impact for Groups applicant meeting request form ( to schedule a time to meet with a staff member who can assist you. The assistance form will open on December 2, 2021.

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