Maximum Award: $3,000
Grant Application Opens: November 15, 2020
Deadline: December 15, 2020 by 11:45 pm
Review Date: January 19, 2021
Earliest Start Date: February 2, 2021
Online grants open for application approximately one month before the deadline date.
These grants support high-quality arts education for Minnesotans of all ages to develop knowledge, skills, and understanding of the arts. Arts learning projects and programs must begin within 12 months of the earliest start date, and must be completed by June 30, 2022. Eligible proposals must show new and/or expanded elements from similar arts activity that an organization has done in the past. Previously awarded arts activity that did not occur because of COVID-19 must also contain new and/or expanded elements in order to be eligible.
Funds may be used for artists-in-residence programs, educational performances, educational arts field trips, or to provide arts training or workshops; all of which must be open to the general public. Eligible proposals must be realistic, adaptive to restrictions that exist during this global pandemic, and adhere to state mandated COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines. Applicants may apply for up to $3,000 with no cash match to fund projects that will benefit the residents of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen Counties.
Note: 501(c)3 non-profit organizations may include equipment and non-expendable item purchases that are necessary to the project within their budgets, with no cash match required. Equipment and non-expendable item purchases for all other applicants must be covered directly by the applicant organization funds or by projected income from the project and may not be listed as in-kind expense/income.
Organizations must be nonprofit and physically located within one of the five Region 2 Arts Council counties of Beltrami, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, or Hubbard. Eligible organizations include:
- 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
- Groups without 501(c)3 nonprofit tax status are eligible to apply, but 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 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.
Is your grant project eligible? Is your organization? Check out our eligibility section: Arts Learning Grant Eligibility Requirements. If you can answer true to all these statements, then you should be eligible to apply. If you answer false to one of the statements, contact us to discuss eligibility.
The Grant Application
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 FY21 Budget Guidelines
R2AC FY21 Arts Learning Grant Budget Template
Sample Application Form for download
FY21 Arts Learning Grant Application (Sample only – cannot be submitted – only online submissions are accepted)
Region 2 Arts Council Arts Learning Grants are made possible by the voters of Minnesota thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.