Metropolitan Regional Arts Council - Arts Learning*
2324 University Avenue West, Suite 114
St. Paul, MN 55114
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The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council will begin accepting applications for the Arts Learning grant program six weeks prior to the application deadline. Proposed activities must take place in communities within the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties). Grant requests must outline specific activities that may include related costs for artists and other personnel, postage, supplies, equipment rental, printing, local travel and other expenses necessary to carry out the project.
Funding is provided for high-quality, arts education activities in any arts discipline to develop knowledge, skills, and understanding about the arts and/or learning through the arts. Projects must have clearly articulated, measurable learning objectives that will be evaluated.
Applicant groups must be ONE of the following:
- Federally tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization with annual operating expenses of less than $400,000.
- Federally tax-exempt non-arts organizations and community education units with annual arts programming expenses of less than $400,000. Arts budgets must be isolated from the larger entity’s budget and have an advisory committee for the proposed project.
- Informal and/or unincorporated arts-focused groups and one-time arts projects with expenses of less than $400,000. The applicant group must have its own board of directors or advisory committee that provides input on the project and oversight of the grant funds and must have a Minnesota-based fiscal sponsor. Fiscal Sponsors must be registered with the IRS at a 501(c)3 nonprofit with a Minnesota address and be current with the Minnesota Secretary of State as a Nonprofit Corporation.
- A public entity such as a unit of state, local, or tribal government with arts expenses of $400,000 or less. Arts budgets must be isolated from the larger entity’s budget and the group must have an advisory committee for the proposed project.
A 4:1 grant match is required (example: a $10,000 grant requires a $2,500 match).
Grant information was last reviewed by our staff on 2/10/2020
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