Region 2 Arts Council Announces Arts & Cultural Heritage (Legacy) Grants Are Available

The Region 2 Arts Council (R2AC) is pleased to unveil new grant opportunities for artists, arts organizations, nonprofits, schools and local governments. These grants are a result of the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage funds as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. The passage of the Clean Water, Lands & Legacy Amendment will greatly enhance arts funding for the next 25 years in the State of Minnesota.

R2AC convened listening sessions and needs assessment surveys throughout the region to help determine constituent needs. Based on this input, R2AC Board planning sessions created new programs for the dissemination of these funds.

The four new Arts & Cultural Heritage grants offer a wide range of opportunities for arts activities in Region 2. Collaborative projects among organizations, schools, artists and/or local governments are encouraged, and building healthy communities that value the arts.

Community Arts Support Grants up to $6,000 to fund the development and sustain new and existing arts organizations.  Deadline:  February 10, 2010

Arts & Cultural Heritage Grants from $3,000 to $6,000  Deadlines:  February15 & May 6, 2010

  • Arts & Arts Access grants to support high-quality arts activities; grants that overcome barriers to accessing arts activities; and grants that instill the arts into communities.
  • Arts Education grants to support lifelong learning in the arts.
  • Arts & Cultural Heritage grants to support events and activities that represent regional and   statewide ethnic and cultural arts traditions.

Artist Mentor Grants up to $600 to provide students in grades 8-12 the opportunity to study art with a practicing professional artist, attend an arts workshop, or a class.  This grant supports the employment of qualified artists in the region.  Deadline:  April 15, 2010

Arts Legacy Designation Grants up to $10,000 to recognize city, county and township governments that support the arts to build healthy communities.  Deadline:  May 6, 2010

The Professional Development program will provide workshops and training for artists, arts organizations and the public.  GRANT WRITING WORKSHOP:  January 20, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. – R2AC office in Bemidji.  Email or call to register for a free workshop.

Grant guidelines and applications are all available here, or by contacting the R2AC office at 218-751-5447, 1-800-275-5447 or email