Minnesota State Arts Board MN CARES Act Grants Program

MN CARES Act Grants Program are federal funds that were approved by Congress as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. For further info visit:  http://www.arts.state.mn.us/grants/MNCares.htm

Grants will be allocated, based on regional population, to ensure that these federal funds reach across the state.  

These are general support funds; they can be used to pay for salaried positions, contracted positions, or facilities costs.  No project is necessary; no match is required. 

The application deadline is Friday, October 2, 2020.

The application consists of several very short forms. 

The eligibility requirements are described in detail on pages 2-3 of the Program Overview and Application Instructions document posted on their website. 

Nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) arts organizations or arts affiliates of nonprofit organizations or public entities that received a grant from one of Minnesota’s eleven regional arts councils in FY 2018, FY 2019, or FY 2020 in the following programs: 

Region 01 – Arts Legacy Grants: General Operating

In addition, all eligible applicants must:

1. Be physically located in Minnesota. The majority of an applicant’s arts programming, services, or activities must take place in Minnesota, and must primarily serve and engage Minnesota audiences and participants; 

2. Have been in existence and actively providing arts programming in Minnesota for at least two consecutive years prior to the application deadline for this program; and

3. Have had at least one paid employee in a position of artistic or administrative oversight prior to March 1, 2020. The paid employee may be full-time or part-time, salaried or contracted.

Do you need assistance with this application? Feel free to reach out to Mara at NWMAC at director@NWArtsCouncil.org or 218-745-8886.

Potential applicants can contact Richard Hitchler with any questions by phone (800) 866-2787 or (651) 539-2653 or by e-mail at Richard.Hitchler@arts.state.mn.us

Minnesota State Arts Board

540 Fairview Avenue North, Suite 304

Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104