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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.

Springboard for the Arts Virtual Open House October 20

Staff and consultants from Springboard for the Arts will be on hand with the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (Region 1) on Tuesday, October 20, Noon to 1:00 p.m. for an hour-long virtual open house to let you know what programs and resources  Springboard offers, answer questions you have about your artistic career, and otherwise try to entertain you for an hour.

Curious about selling your art online? Looking for art projects to be involved with? Questions about copyright? Looking for grants? Want to take a workshop but don’t know where to start? Trying to set up a streaming concert at home and need some pointers? They’ll address all of these questions and more via Zoom, phone or email! Join by video or phone!

Direct registration link: https://springboardforthearts.org/mn-statewide-tour-2020/

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

Arts Legacy & Arts Project Grants Application Deadline March 1

Arts Legacy Grants up to $10,000 &

Arts Project Grants up to $3,000 

Applications have March 1 Deadline 

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Applications are open for Arts Project Grants and Arts Legacy Grants. Grants are awarded to nonprofit arts organizations, communities, schools, individuals and other nonprofit organizations. Applications are being accepted from our seven county Minnesota service area including Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau counties. The deadline to apply is March 1.

Arts Legacy Grants is a main category for funding artistic activity within the seven-county service region. Funding can be used for Arts Projects, Arts Equipment, General Support, Public Art Projects and Arts Events in northwest Minnesota. These grants are up to $10,000 with a required cash match.

Arts Project Grants are used primarily for small budget arts projects and the sponsorship of performances of touring companies and artists. These grants are a maximum of $3,000.00 with a required cash match.

Applications funded through these two very important grant opportunities include festivals, community theatre projects, folk music entertainment, sponsorship of visual demonstrations, creative writing workshops and many other activities that improve the quality of life of people in our communities.

There will be a grant writing assistance workshop on February 12 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM at our office. In addition, our Executive Director is available for one-on-one assistance by appointment at our office in Warren. Contact the Arts Council office if you would like us to host a grant writing session in your community between January 27 and February 13.

To learn more about these grant programs and start an application visit www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org. The grant application process is completely online and NWMAC’s Executive Director Mara Hanel can help walk you through the process of using the grants portal to get accustomed to it. Please contact her at mara@nwrdc.org or call 218-745-9111.

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Grants! Funding is Available! Apply Today

Coming Soon…Grant Deadlines!

$5,000 Individual Artist Grant Deadline October 15!

Arts Legacy, Arts Project, Arts Equipment for Schools Grants Deadline November 1!

Quick Turn Around Grants and Arts Legacy Residency Grants are ongoing!

Grant money is available from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council.  Grants are awarded to nonprofit arts organizations, communities, schools, individuals and other nonprofit organizations.  Applications are being accepted from our seven county Minnesota service area including Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau counties.

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McKnight/NWMAC Individual Artist Grants for Projects Individual adult artists can apply by October 15 for a NWMAC/McKnight Individual Artist Grant of $5,000.00 or if your project has a very strong community focus, you can apply for an Arts Legacy Grant of up to $10,000.00.  Performing artists, visual artists, media artists, creative writing artists are all welcome to apply.

Project grants are awarded to individuals.  To be eligible you must be out of high school and at least 18 years of age.  College tuition is not an eligible expense.   This is the main category that individuals use to support their artistic business or advance their technical skills. This category is for non-hobby artist.  Grants are awarded annually with $1,500 going to four individuals and $5,000 going to four individuals.  Support for our Fellowship program comes from The McKnight Foundation.  The deadline is October 15th annually for $5,000 level applicants and January 15th annually for $1,500 level applicants.

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The Arts Legacy Grants is a main category for funding artistic activity within the seven county service region.  Funding for the grants comes from the Minnesota State Legislature through the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.  A maximum of $10,000.00 can be requested.  Applicants must provide cash match and it is recommended that it be between 25% – 50% although some projects may be approved with as little as 10% cash match if they are innovative and fit a unique need.

Arts Project Grants are used primarily for small budget arts projects and the sponsorship of performances of touring companies and artists. These grants are a maximum of $3,000.00 with a required cash match.  This grant programs have substantially less reporting requirements than Legacy grants.

Applications funded through these two very important grant opportunities include festivals, community theatre projects, folk music entertainment, sponsorship of visual demonstrations, creative writing workshops and many other activities that improve the quality of life of people in our communities.  Arts Legacy grants and Arts Project grants have annual deadlines of August 1, November 1, and March 1 each year.  This November 1 deadline is the second round for these two categories.   

Arts Equipment for Schools Grants are considered a special category of our Arts Project Grant Program.  This grant allows schools to purchase artistic equipment for their art room, theater, band room, etc.  Equipment that is used solely for the pursuit of arts like a kiln or theater lights, or a band instrument has a better chance of being funded.  There is one annual deadline for this grant on November 1.  Grants of up to $3,000.00 are awarded with a 25% cash match requirement.

Also available on a first come-first served basis are Artist Residency Grants for are School Districts.  Grants of $2100.00 are awarded to sponsor artists working with children usually in a traditional weeklong residency but it can also be a different format that serves your school or summer program.  An extra $400.00 may be requested for art residencies that need supplies.  Schools are strongly urged to use a TARP or COMPAS roster artist because they have been professionally trained in working in schools. Local artists who are sponsored need to provide lesson plans and show their professionalism in a classroom setting.

The grant application process is completely online and NWMAC’s Executive Director Mara Hanel can help walk you through the process of using the grants portal to get accustomed to it.

We will be holding a grants info session and training on October 1 at 4 pm at our office in Warren. RSVP to Mara at director@NWArtsCouncil.org. Mara, our director, can answer any questions you have and lead you through the process.

Funding for these programs comes primarily from the Minnesota State Legislature.  The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is one of eleven regional arts councils in the state.  All eleven councils work together with their fiscal agent the Minnesota State Arts Board to provide arts services, staffing, and grants.  The McKnight Foundation is another funding source helping local arts councils promote and serve the arts community.