Community Arts Support Grants

Deadline: February 15, 2020 by 11:45 pm
Review Date: March 16, 2020
Earliest Start Date: April 15, 2020
Interim Report Deadline: February 15, 2021
Interim Report Approval/2nd payment: mid-March, 2021
Final Report Deadline: January 15, 2022

Online grants open for application approximately one month before the deadline date.

Funding Source
R2AC Community Arts Support (CAS) Grants are made possible by the voters of Minnesota thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF). The CAS grant program is also funded, in part, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.

Eligible Organizations
Arts organizations that are physically located and have a legal address in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen County, have arts programming at the center of their mission, and have been providing arts programming to our Region 2 Arts Council communities for a minimum of two full years.

Grant Awards 
Award amounts are based on an applicant organization’s averaged expenses for the two completed fiscal years previous to the application deadline. Grants of $2,000, $3,000, $4,000, and $6,000 will be awarded for two consecutive years. Payout of the 2nd year of this grant award is contingent upon a completed interim report (February 15, 2021 deadline) and a renewed commitment to organizational growth and stability as evidenced in the original application.  Awarded organizations must expend the grant funds and submit a final report by January 15, 2022.

Average Annual Expenses under
$5,000 receive $2,000/year funding support
Average Annual Expenses between
$5,000-$20,999 receive $3,000/year funding support
$21,000-$34,999 receive $4,000/year funding support
$35,000-$165,999 receive $6,000/year funding support

Note: Organizations with two-year averaged expenses of $166,000 or over are eligible to apply for a Minnesota State Arts Board operating support grant, but are NOT eligible for an R2AC Community Arts Support grant.

Eligible Proposals
Eligible grant proposals must display a commitment to reaching wider audiences through providing greater accessibility and new and/or expanded arts programming to residents of our Minnesota communities. When this Community Arts Support Grant is used for administrative and overhead costs, that activity must also support accessibility initiatives and/or the generating of new and/or expanded arts programming. Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant Funds must never be used to supplant an organization’s traditional funding sources, but may be used to supplement those funding sources, that is, Arts and Cultural Heritage funds shall never pay for activity or cover costs that have formerly been funded in another way.

R2AC CAS operating support funds may not be used in lieu of the 20% cash match for other R2AC grants.

Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund Use Requirements

  • To produce, present, and offer arts programs, projects, and services that provide accessible, new and/or expanded arts education, arts access, and arts and cultural heritage activity;
  • To support arts programs, projects, and services that take place within the state of Minnesota;
  • To support arts programs, projects, services for which measurable outcomes have been established, and a plan for evaluating the outcomes and results is in place;
  • To supplement, but never substitute, for traditional sources of funding for arts programs, projects, and services;

Sample Eligible Uses for Funding 

  • Operating expenses such as rent, utilities, project/program coordinators, salaries, facility maintenance, etc. necessary to support accessibility initiatives and new and expanded arts programming.
  • Capital improvement projects, which support arts access, education, and arts and cultural heritage activity, made to property owned by the applicant arts organization.
  • Marketing and publicity plans including media ads, brochures, website development, consultants, etc. that will support accessibility and new and expanded programming.
  • Arts programming implementation and support of programs that serve diverse audiences or provide better access to arts programming.
  • Free standing equipment for an arts organization’s office or facility, or non-expendable items, such as music or instruments.
  • Capacity building, audience and board development, feasibility studies, strategic planning, facilitation of networking, collaborative projects, etc.
  • Expenses associated with obtaining 501(c)3 tax exempt status for arts organizations or groups with a mission and purpose focused solely on the arts, to prepare organizations for increased arts programming.

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