Community Arts

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The Community Arts program provides grants of up to $5,000 in project support for groups wishing to offer quality arts activities in any discipline to communities within the seven-county metropolitan area of Minnesota. Grant requests may include costs for artists and other personnel, facility and/or equipment rental, postage, supplies, printing and other expenses necessary to carry out the project. In this program, MRAC assigns a “block” of funds in each county to ensure that arts activities take place throughout the region.

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

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Monday, October 9, 2017- 4:30 p.m.
Monday, January 8, 2018- 4:30 p.m.

Program Directors

Greg Nielsen
Anoka County and Minneapolis applicants

Masami Kawazato
Carver, Dakota, Ramsey, Scott, Suburban Hennepin & Washington County applicants

Grant Documents

Online application procedures are available here as a pdf: FY18 Grant Interface Instructions

Application Workshops

The Community Arts grant application workshops are designed to help applicants groups prepare their grant applications. Workshops cover MRAC programs, funding, eligibility, program scope, and the details of applying for a Community Arts grant at MRAC. Participants will become familiar with the program and online application and will leave with clear expectations of the next steps in applying for MRAC funding.

If you require accommodations that would make your participation more accessible, please let Program Directors Greg Nielsen or Masami Kawazato know in advance of the workshop. Please sign up below for the date that works for you.

The Round 2 Community Arts workshops are:

Tuesday, November 28, 1-3 p.m.
Wednesday, November 29, 6-8 p.m.  This workshop has been cancelled due to low interest. If you are unable to attend the other scheduled workshops for Community Arts, please reach out to Masami to schedule a session at your convenience.
Thursday, November 30, 3-5 p.m.
Thursday, December 14, 2-4 p.m.

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.

  • This program funds IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organizations, non-arts nonprofits, community education units, 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.
  • Informal/unincorporated arts groups must have a 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.

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 on 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 recently funded projects in this program, visit our recent awards page.