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MSAB Announces Creative Support for organizations Grant

Minnesota State Arts Board announces another opportunity to apply for a FY 2021 Creative Support for Organizations grant

The Minnesota State Arts Board is offering a new grant program this year—Creative Support for Organizations—to help arts organizations adapt to the changing environment caused by the global pandemic.  Recognizing that many Minnesotans engage with the arts through community organizations and public entities that are not specifically arts organizations, the board will offer an additional Creative Support for Organizations application deadline in December that will be open to a wider spectrum of applicants.

For the next deadline, the following additional kinds of entities will be welcome to apply: 
– Arts affiliates of nonprofit or public institutions;
-Nonprofit organizations whose primary mission or focus is not the arts but have an ongoing commitment to arts programming and have received an Arts Board or regional arts council grant in fiscal years 2017, 2018, 2019, or 2020.
-Public entities with an ongoing commitment to arts programming that have received an Arts Board or regional arts council grant in fiscal years 2017, 2018, 2019, or 2020.

Organizations that were eligible to apply in August and September, but didn’t, will still be eligible to apply.  Organizations that have been awarded a FY 2021 Creative Support for Organizations grant will not be eligible to apply for another grant.  Organizations that submitted an application in August or September, that is being reviewed by the Arts Board, will not be eligible to submit another application.  More detailed eligibility information will be available in the application materials.

Creative Support for Organizations funds can be used to support people and activities that will be needed to keep audiences, participants, students, or communities engaged with the arts during the pandemic and beyond. This grant program aims to help Minnesota arts organizations and programs maintain their financial sustainability and long-term viability by leveraging creativity and connections to community, to ensure that the arts remain available to Minnesota residents and communities. Application materials will be available by early November; an announcement will be distributed when materials are available and the board will begin accepting applications.

For more information, visit the Minnesota State Arts Board website http://www.arts.state.mn.us/grants/cso.htm.

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

State Arts Board Partners in Arts Participation Grant

DEADLINE AUGUST 23

The FY 2020 Partners in Arts Participation grant program is now open for application. 

Partners in Arts Participation is a grant program designed to broaden opportunities for Minnesotans to participate in the arts. Grant funds may be used by Minnesota nonprofit health or human service organizations to integrate the arts into their programming or services. Applicants may choose to have their constituents engage in existing high quality arts experiences, and/or may work with an artist or arts organization to design experiences tailored to meet the needs of the constituents they serve. 

The deadline to submit applications is Friday, August 23, 2019. All applications must be submitted and accepted before 4:30 p.m. on the day of the deadline.

All applicants should first review the program overview and application instructions available on the Arts Board Web site. Additionally, first time applicants and those in need of support are encouraged to speak with program officer Natalie Kennedy. She can be reached at (651) 539-2666, toll-free at (800) 866-2787, or via e-mail at natalie.kennedy@arts.state.mn.us.

The Arts Board uses WebGrants, an online grants management system, for all applications. Registration is required of all applicants before beginning an application to any Arts Board program. It is only necessary to register once. To register, visit the Arts Board Web site. Scroll down the home page to WebGrants instructions and registration information. 

The Arts Board will offer a free online information session about the FY 2020 Partners in Arts Participation grant opportunity on Thursday, July 18, at 3:00 p.m. Learn more.

For accessibility inquiries and accommodations requests necessary to complete and submit an application, contact accessibility coordinator Natalie Kennedy at (651) 539-2666, toll-free at (800) 866-2787, or via e-mail at natalie.kennedy@arts.state.mn.us.

Laura Jane Musser Fund Arts Initiative Grant Program

Laura Jane Musser Fund

Arts Initiative Grant Program

unnamed-2In recognition of Laura Jane Musser’s life-long commitment to excellence in the arts, and with awareness that pivotal and life-changing experience can occur for individuals through introduction to and participation in the arts, the Laura Jane Musser Fund hopes to encourage and excite a wider population to appreciate, learn, and participate in the arts.

The Musser Fund hopes to assist nonprofit arts organizations to develop, implement or sustain exceptional artistic opportunities for adults and children in the areas of literary, visual, music and performing arts.

PRIORITY IS PLACED ON ORGANIZATIONS THAT: 

  • Increase access to the arts through scholarships, hands-on activities, community venues, workshops, discounts and other innovations
  • Demonstrate capacity to engage their community in the creation of art
  • Demonstrate support from their community (through volunteerism, membership, in-kind, or other types of support)

ORGANIZATIONS THAT MEET ALL OF THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA ARE ELIGIBLE FOR SUPPORT:

  • Arts organizations that are physically located in rural communities with populations of less than 20,000
  • Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations
  • Organizations that  have been in existence for at least one year at the time of application

LIMITS OF GEOGRAPHY:

Arts organizations must be physically located in rural communities (population 20,000 or less) in the following geographic areas:

  • Colorado – All counties
  • Hawaii – All counties
  • Wyoming – All counties
  • Michigan – Alcona, Arenac, Berrien, Clare, Chippewa, Crawford, Genesee, Gladwin, Gogebic, Houghton, Ingham, Isabella,  Kalamazoo, Keweenaw, Lake, Luce, Mecosta, Missawkee, Montmorency, Muskegon, Oceana, Ogemaw, Osceola, Oscoda, Roscommin, Saginaw, and Van Buren Counties.
  • Minnesota – Aitkin, Becker, Cass, Clay, Clearwater, Hubbard, Itasca, Koochiching, Mahnomen, Todd, and Wadena Counties. 

WHAT RURAL ARTS FUNDING WILL COVER:

  • Grants up to $10,000 per year
  • Applications are accepted for one year of funding at a time. It is possible for organizations to apply for and receive funding for up to three consecutive years. Grantees may not reapply for funding for at least one year after three consecutive years of funding.

Grantees that request second and third years of support will be asked to report on their progress toward the goals they articulated in their previous year’s application, especially in the following areas:

  • Increasing access to their services
  • Increasing their organizational sustainability
  • Increasing support from their community

WHAT WILL NOT BE FUNDED:

  • Capital Campaigns
  • Arts Festivals and Conferences

HOW TO APPLY:

The application process instructions and link are available on the Musser Fund website – www.musserfund.org. Please carefully read all of the proposal packet requirements (as listed on the website) prior to submitting your proposal.

Proposals will be accepted online February 17 through March 17, 2016.

Funding decisions will be announced in July of 2016.

 

About Laura Jane Musser:

Laura Jane Musser Fund
Laure Jane Musser Photo Cred: Musserfund.org

LAURA JANE MUSSER was born June 4, 1916, the child of Drew Musser and Sarah “Sally” Walker Musser.  She lived in Little Falls, MN all of her life at the family home, Linden Hill.  Upon her death in 1989 at the age of 73, THE LAURA JANE MUSSER FUND came into being to continue on with some of her interests in life, including the arts and helping children, as expressed in the guidelines.