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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 Creative Support for Organizations Grant Program — Apply by September 11

Creative Support for

Organizations Grant Program 

Creative Support for Organizations is designed to help arts organizations adapt to the changing environment caused by the global pandemic. Grantees will be able to use funds to support people and activities that will be needed to stay relevant and connected to audiences, participants, students, or communities now and in the future. This grant program aims to help Minnesota arts organizations maintain their financial sustainability and long-term viability by leveraging their creativity and connections to community. 

Program overview and application instructions

FY 2021 Program Overview and Application Instructions — All applicants should read this document thoroughly before beginning online application.

Application deadline

Applicants may select either of the two deadlines for this program:

  • Monday, August 24, 2020, before 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, September 11, 2020, before 4:30 p.m.

There is no advantage to apply to the first versus the second deadline. The likelihood of being funded is the same for applications submitted by either deadline. 

Do you need assistance with the application process? Reach out to Mara at NWMAC at director@NWArtsCouncil.org or 218-745-8886. Don’t let your questions stand in the way of submitting an application.

When will funds be awarded?

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, starting as soon as possible after the deadline that they are received. The date funds are awarded will vary based on when the application is reviewed. The first round of awards will be approved at the October board meeting; grant contracts will be issued beginning in November 2020. Once awarded, grantees will have one year to use the funds.

Who can apply?

Carefully review the eligibility requirements in the  Overview document.

Grant range

Applicants may request between $5,000 – $15,000. No cash match is required.

Resources for applicants

Webinar
Applicants are encouraged to view this  informational webinar for additional information about the program.

If you have questions or need assistance

If you have questions about the content of the application form or narrative, please contact the program officer team:
CreativeSupport-Organizations@arts.state.mn.us
(651) 539-2671

If you have questions about the technical aspects of the application form, or questions about electronic submission, please contact:
Justine Pearson, WebGrants support
(651) 539-2663
Apply.Arts@state.mn.us
E-mail is preferred.

All staff can be reached toll-free at (800) 866-2787.

How to apply

Application method
All applicants are required to use the WebGrants system to apply and will submit all materials electronically. Registration is required of all applicants before beginning an application to any Arts Board program. It is only necessary to register once.

Two online tutorials are available to acquaint users with the WebGrants system:

Apply

State Arts Board Creative Support for Individuals Grant Program — Applications open

Creative Support for Individuals Grant Program

Creative Support for Individuals is designed to help Minnesota artists and culture bearers adapt to changes in their working environment caused by the global pandemic. Grantees will be able to use funds to sustain their practice and stay relevant and connected to audiences, participants, students, or communities now and in the future. This grant program aims to help Minnesota artists and culture bearers maintain their visibility and financial sustainability by using their creativity and connections to community.

Program overview and application instructions

FY 2021 Program Overview and Application Instructions — All applicants should read this document thoroughly before beginning the online application.

Application deadline

Applicants may select either of the two deadlines for this program:

  • Friday, August 28, 2020, before 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, September 18, 2020, before 4:30 p.m.

There is no advantage to apply to the first versus the second deadline. The likelihood of being funded is the same for applications submitted by either deadline. 

When will funds be awarded?

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, starting as soon as possible after the deadline that they are received. The date funds are awarded will vary based on when the application is reviewed. The first round of awards will be approved at the October board meeting; grant contracts will be issued beginning in November 2020. Once awarded, grantees will have one year to use the funds. 

Who can apply?

Carefully review the eligibility requirements in the Overview document.

Grant range

Applicants may request between $2,000 – $6,000. No cash match is required.

Do you need assistance with the application process? Reach out to Mara at NWMAC at director@NWArtsCouncil.org or 218-745-8886. Don’t let your questions stand in the way of submitting an application.

Resources for applicants

Webinar
Applicants are encouraged to view this  informational webinar for additional information about the program.

If you have questions or need assistance

If you have questions about the content of the application form or narrative, please contact the program officer team:
CreativeSupport-Individuals@arts.state.mn.us
(651) 539-2670

If you have questions about the technical aspects of the application form, or questions about electronic submission, please contact:
Justine Pearson, WebGrants support
(651) 539-2663
Apply.Arts@state.mn.us
E-mail is preferred.

All staff can be reached toll-free at (800) 866-2787.

How to apply

Application method
All applicants are required to use the WebGrants system to apply and will submit all materials electronically. Registration is required of all applicants before beginning an application to any Arts Board program. It is only necessary to register once.

Two online tutorials are available to acquaint users with the WebGrants system:

Apply

Minnesota state Arts Board Seeks Grant Application Reviewers

Open Call for Remote Grant Application Reviewers

The Minnesota State Arts Board seeks generous involvement of Minnesota citizens – like YOU – to review new grant program applications remotely, ongoing during the months of September–December 2020. Receive a modest financial stipend for your time providing feedback on assigned applications and help determine which will be recommended to receive funding.

The Minnesota State Arts Board seeks generous involvement of Minnesota citizens – like YOU – to review new grant program applications remotely, ongoing during the months of September–December 2020. Receive a modest financial stipend for your time providing feedback on assigned applications and help determine which will be recommended to receive funding.

Public funds belong to all Minnesotans, so a broad spectrum of perspectives and experiences is vital to our grant making process. When selecting reviewers, the Arts Board will give special consideration to geographic representation from throughout the state, ethnic and racial diversity, and a balance of those with previous experience with people who will bring new perspectives to the grant review process.

To learn more about the opportunity, visit: 
http://www.arts.state.mn.us/reviewer.htm

“It’s inspiring and motivating to see what other people are working on. It gives me hope for the future.” – previous reviewer 

Selected reviewers must:
– be a Minnesota resident;
– have access to a computer with Internet connection; and
-have a background in at least one art form or artistic tradition;
-or have knowledge of or experience with nonprofit organizations.
Contribute your perspectives

APPLY NOW
Questions? Contact Jenea Rewertz-Targui, advisory review panel coordinator, at (651) 539-2657 | (800) 866-2787 
or Jenea.Rewertz-Targui@arts.state.mn.us

The Minnesota State Arts Board is a state agency that stimulates and encourages the creation, performance, and appreciation of the arts in the state. It works to ensure that all Minnesotans can participate in and benefit from the arts. 

Minnesota State Arts Board New Grant programs for FY2021

The Minnesota State Arts Board announces new grant programs for FY 2021


The ways that Minnesotans can participate in the arts, and the ways that artists and arts organizations can create, present, and teach the arts, has changed drastically due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To help artists and arts organizations sustain core activities and adapt to a new environment, the Arts Board will redirect its grant making this year, to provide more flexible support. The Arts Board will continue to offer its current Operating Support program, and will also offer three new programs:

  • MN CARES Act grants can be used to support salaried staff positions, fees for contracted artists or other self-employed workers, and facilities costs.
  • Creative Support for Individuals grants will help artists and culture bearers to sustain their practices and stay connected to their audiences, participants, students, or communities.
  • Creative Support for Organizations grants will help arts organizations support core activities and stay connected to their audiences, participants, students, or communities now and in the future.

For Individual Artists:

  • Program Overview and Application Instructions:

· http://www.arts.state.mn.us/pubs/pubs/fy2021-csi-overview-instructions.pdf

  • Informational Webinar (vimeo link):

· https://vimeo.com/444666292

  • Contact information:

· Rina or Sherrie, CreativeSupport-Individuals@arts.state.mn.us,

(651) 539-2670

For Arts Organizations:
501(c)(3) or unincorporated group

  • Program Overview and Application Instructions:

· http://www.arts.state.mn.us/pubs/pubs/fy2021-cso-overview-instructions.pdf

  • Informational Webinar (vimeo link):

· https://vimeo.com/444663761

Contact: Rina or Natalie at

CreativeSupport-organizations@arts.state.mn.us, (651) 539-2671

There are some common misunderstandings about perceived requirements or restrictions with regard to Arts Board programs that they’d like to clear up.

Do we have to have a full time employee? No. Anyone contracted or employed, PT or FT, permanent or temporary, as long as they’re providing oversight, is sufficient.

If I have a regional arts council operating grant am I ineligible? No. This makes no difference to the State Arts Board.

Do I have to come up with half the cash? No. There is no cash match required at all.

If there are any assumed restrictions, please let the State Arts Board help clarify so that they can ensure these dollars make it everywhere they should!

Summaries of the new programs are available here. More specific details, applications materials, and application deadlines will be posted on their website soon. Their priority groups are applicants from Greater MN, applicants of color, applicants who are indigenous or native, and applicants with disabilities/exist to serve people with disabilities. This is a great time to apply!