Minnesota State Arts Board and Arts Midwest invite applications for the
American Rescue Plan Grants program
Application materials are now available for the American Rescue Plan Grants program, offered jointly by the Minnesota State Arts Board and Arts Midwest; applicants are welcome to begin preparing and submitting applications.
Applications must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 29, 2021.
The American Rescue Plan, an economic stimulus bill intended to help speed up the recovery from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic included funds to support the arts sector as it recovers from the devastating impact of the COVID-19. This significant financial commitment is recognition of the value the arts and culture sector contribute to the nation’s economy.
American Rescue Plan Grants will help small and midsized Minnesota nonprofit arts organizations and arts affiliates support costs related to their employees or contractors, facilities, health and safety, and marketing or promotion. These will be flexible operating grants that can be used to help organizations sustain their people and programming, rebuild, and reopen as the COVID-19 pandemic wanes.
Total funding available for the program is $966,000; approximately 65 grants, of $15,000 each, will be awarded. Grants will be distributed proportionally based on population, to organizations in each of Minnesota’s eleven arts regions.
This is a statewide program. Organizations that meet the eligibility requirements outlined in the Program Overview and Application Instructions are welcome to apply. Please visit the American Rescue Plan Grants web page to find a copy of the Overview and Instructions and more details about the program.
If you have questions about the program, eligibility, or application requirements, please contact:
Richard Hitchler, program officer
Phone (651) 539-2653; toll-free (800) 866-2787
The Minnesota State Arts Board is a state agency that stimulates and encourages the creation, performance, and appreciation of the arts in the state. It works to ensure that all Minnesotans can participate in and benefit from the arts.
Arts Midwest is one of six regional arts organizations in the United States; it serves the nine-state Upper Midwest region that includes Minnesota. It promotes creativity, nurtures cultural leadership, and engages people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to Midwest communities and enriching people’s lives.