Arts Access Grant

Maximum Award: $6,000
Opening Dates for Online Application: August 10, 2021 or March 15, 2022
Deadlines: September 15, 2021 or April 15, 2022 by 11:45 p.m.
Review Dates: October 18, 2021 or May 16, 2022
Earliest Start Dates: November 5, 2021 or June 6, 2022

Application is open to organizations located in Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen counties only.

Eligible Organizations

The following nonprofit entities may submit up to two arts project grant applications in this grant round:

  • schools (parochial schools are ineligible)
  • community education programs*
  • institutions of higher learning (colleges or universities)
  • non-profits providing arts programming
  • local city, town, county government entities
  • tribal government entities
  • arts organizations
  • Groups without 501(c)3 nonprofit tax status must be formed for non-profit purposes, must have the equivalent of a governing body similar to a board of directors or advisory council, and must use a Minnesota-based non-profit, tax exempt 501(c)3 organization, or other tax-exempt entity such as a school, institution of higher learning, or city, town, county, or tribal government as a fiscal sponsor.

*Based on Minnesota Statute 124D.19, Community Education Programs will be assumed to be operated by the school district and will be subject to all grant guidelines that apply to schools.

Intention for Arts Access Projects

Arts Access funding is designated for arts creation, production, presentation of high-quality, accessible activities that help instill the arts into the community and public life in our region. Eligible grant proposals must display a commitment to reaching wider audiences through providing new and/or expanded arts programming to residents of our region’s counties, and/or by supporting accessibility initiatives through the project. Eligible proposals must show dedication to removing barriers that audiences may have to accessing arts activities.

Activity must begin within 12 months of the earliest start date, and must be completed by June 30, 2023. Previously awarded arts activity that did not occur because of COVID-19 must contain explicitly new and/or expanded elements in order to be eligible.

Arts activities proposed for funding must be open to the public (not exclusively serving faculty, staff, students, board or organization membership). Eligible proposals must be realistic, adaptive to restrictions that exist during this global pandemic, and adhere to state mandated COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines.

Eligible Uses:

  • Public art projects
  • Arts festivals
  • Engagement of guest artists
  • Arts field trips
  • Arts workshops
  • Arts exhibitions
  • Arts presentations
  • Arts performances

Create a Login and apply online

Is your grant project eligible?  Is your organization? Check out our eligibility section: Arts Access Grant Eligibility Requirements – If you can answer true to all the statements, then you should be eligible to apply. If you answer false to one of the statements, please contact us to discuss your eligibility.

The Grant Application
The online grant application will ask questions about demographics which we use for reporting to the Minnesota State Arts Board (see our Data Privacy Policy), and questions based on our scoring criteria. (see rubricThere are also pieces needed for the grant application that you should gather before you apply, such as work samples (Work Sample Submission Policy), resumes, and a list of all project costs.

Budget Guidelines and Budget Template
IMPORTANT FOR ALL APPLICANTS: Project specific costs incurred and paid prior to a project’s Earliest Start Date will make a project ineligible for funding. Read about this and more:
R2AC FY22 Budget Guidelines for Organizations
R2AC FY22 Arts Access Grant Budget Template

Sample Application Form for download
Arts Access Grant Application
(Sample only – cannot be submitted – only online submissions are accepted)

Sample Arts Access Responses

Past Arts Access Grant Sample packet: responses that worked

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Region 2 Arts Council Arts Access Grants are made possible by the voters of Minnesota thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.