What Does MRAC Not Fund?

The Equity Response and the Flexible Support programs do not fund:

• Projects that do not uphold applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, and ordinances in relation to the use of MRAC funds.
• Attendance at training events/conferences outside the state of Minnesota.
• Projects that are managed by another entity other than the applicant.
• Projects and activities designed to raise funds/regrant/donate funds on behalf of another person, organization, or cause. MRAC funds cannot be contributed to another organization or person.
• Projects that attempt to influence any state or federal legislation or appropriation; to support activities that are essentially for the religious socialization of the participants or audience; or discriminate against persons or groups.
• Projects that include costs incurred before Earliest Grant Expenditure Date. All expenses included in the grant proposal must be incurred on or after this date. Including expenses incurred prior to this date may deem the entire application ineligible.
• Projects for which any portion of activities take place after June 30 of the MRAC fiscal year following the one in which the award was issued are ineligible. The latest project end date is June 30, 2022. This means that the project is complete and all grant funds have been expended.
• Projects budgets that include unrealized income such as scholarships or in-kind support.
• Projects in which any portion of activities are located outside the seven-county metro area are ineligible. Exception: attendance at training/conference events may be outside of the seven-county metro area as long as they take place in Minnesota.
• These dollars cannot substitute other state dollars. This includes:

+Requests in which any portion of the project budget will be used to pay an artist or arts organization to provide essentially the same services that an ongoing
teacher, teaching staff, or arts specialist previously provided or would be expected to provide in a school setting are ineligible.
+Requests in which the project will replace discontinued or nonexistent arts programs that should be fulfilling the state’s arts curriculum requirements in
schools are ineligible.

• The purchase of real estate property.
• Development of endowments.
• Capital projects (facility improvements) to leased spaces that are not approved by the property owner are not eligible. No capital improvements can be made to homes. Written permission from the property owner of the space is required.
• Debt reduction and building cash reserves.
• Travel expenses to or from Minnesota. You may engage an out-of-state artist or consultant within your project, but their travel expense to get to or from Minnesota cannot be included in a MRAC request.
• Expenses to purchase alcoholic beverages or to pay associated costs (servers, insurance, liquor licenses, etc.).
• Costs for relocating the applicant’s legal address/residence outside the state of Minnesota.
• Using these funds as a match requirement for other MRAC awarded grants.
• Project expenses that are included in another MRAC grant.

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