The Capital program provides grants of up to $10,000 to purchase equipment and related supplies and services, or to make capital improvements. The activities must advance the mission of the group AND have the potential for significant or long-term impact. Groups applying for Capital support must be arts nonprofits or fiscally-sponsored groups with at least 2 years of programming history. All applicants must be registered with the Minnesota Secretary of State as a nonprofit, even if fiscally sponsored.

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


Monday, September 17, 2018 - 11:59 pm

Program director

Bethany Whitehead

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.

Capital grant applications must show evidence that thorough planning has taken place. Applicants will be asked to clearly define the project and its goals, identify the specific equipment and/or capital improvements intended for purchase, and show that three competitive estimates or bids have been obtained.

  • This program funds nonprofit arts organizations. Groups must be incorporated as a nonprofit in the state of Minnesota to be eligible for this program.
  • Applicant groups must be located and have at least a two-year history of programs or services in the 7-county metropolitan region.
  • The applicant group’s annualized operating expenses must be less than $400,000.
  • This program requires a cash match from a source other than MRAC and/or other State funding sources.
  • 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 draft feedback prior to the deadline; contact your program director to set up a time for draft review.

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.

Grant library

MRAC maintains a library of submitted grant applications. Reviewing previously submitted grants can enhance your understanding of the process and improve your application. The application library is open during MRAC hours and staff is happy to help you or your 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.