Arts Project Support

The Arts Project Support grant provides up to $10,000 in project funding for groups wishing to offer quality arts activities in any discipline to communities within the seven-county metro area: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties. Projects should benefit Minnesotans. Grant requests must outline specific arts projects that may include related costs for artists and other personnel, supplies, equipment rental, and other expenses needed to carry out the project.

Please read the guidelines before you apply. The application will be activated six weeks before each deadline.

Text Guidelines for screen readers and translation applications are here.

There is a recorded and captioned video of the Arts Project Support workshop. Visit this link to take you to YouTube where the video is shared.


Monday, July 15, 2019 - 11:59 pm
Monday, December 16, 2019 -11:59 pm
Monday, April 13, 2020 -11:59 pm- NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE

Program directors

Masami Kawazato
Hennepin County Applicants

Jovan Rebollar
Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Ramsey, Scott, Washington County Applicants

Program requirements & eligibility

The requirements listed below are intended to give a sense of the program and are NOT comprehensive. Please read the guidelines before beginning your application and contact your program director with questions.
  • This program funds nonprofit IRS 501(c)(3) arts organizations, non-arts nonprofits and community education units with art programming, and informal/unincorporated arts groups applying with a nonprofit as a fiscal sponsor.
  • The applicant group and project must be located in the 7-county metropolitan region.
  • The applicant group’s annualized operating/arts programming expenses must be less than $400,000.
  • This program requires a cash match from a source other than MRAC.
  • Informal/unincorporated arts groups must have their own board of directors or advisory committee that provides input on the project and oversight of the grant funds.
  • For-profit entities, schools, and school support organizations are not eligible to apply for this program, and this program does not fund the purchase of land or buildings, debt reduction, cash reserves, endowments, fundraising events, political lobbying or discriminatory activities.

Help with your application

All applicants are encouraged to discuss proposal ideas and eligibility with their program director prior to starting an MRAC application. Program Directors will provide feedback on applications prior to the deadline; contact your program director to set up a time to have materials reviewed.

Grant application workshops

Application workshops are held about a month prior to the deadline. Participants learn about the grant program, application process, and how to write an effective MRAC grant application. This is a great opportunity to get your questions answered about your project ideas.

Previously funded projects

MRAC encourages groups to review previously awarded grants to enhance the understanding of the process and improve your application. You may also contact your program director to have up to 3 grants emailed to you as pdfs. To see a list of this and last fiscal year’s funded projects, visit the recent grant awards link for the full listing.

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