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The Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council offers several grant programs with funding from the MN State Legislature's general fund and Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the McKnight Foundation.  

FISCAL YEAR GRANT INFORMATION
Timeline for Fiscal Year: July 1–June 30

Due to the current COVID-19 health situation, and anticipated cuts to our State Arts funding Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council will fund projects from non-profit tax-exempt 501c3 arts organizations or those using a fiscal sponsor that are sponsoring an arts activity in dance, literature, media arts, music, theater and visual arts. Our priority for the coming year will be to help arts organizations survive and adapt

ONLINE APPLICATION
Prairie Lakes is using an online grant process for all grant applications, contracts and final reports. First time users will be asked to register and create a grant account.  Details are listed below.

Applications for the following Grant Categories will be available throughout the year with specific deadlines for each. Applicants can only receive one grant per year.
 

GRANT DEADLINES GRANT
June 1 Artist Development Grant, $1,500
August 1–February 1

Small Arts Project Community Grant & School Arts Project Grant
Monthly deadlines or until funds are exhausted.

August 1 and September 1 Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant
October 1 Youth Scholarship, grades 7–12, $300
November 1 Youth Scholarship, grades 3–6, $200
February 1 Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant
Applicant Login

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I. Online Grant Applicant Login
For instructions on how to create an account and how to use the online grant system:

Watch the Applicant Tutorial

II. To View a Written Description of the Online Login Process for Grant Applications and How to Set Up an Account:

 

A. View Printed Description for Organizations (PDF)

B. View Printed Description for Artists (PDF)

C. Click for Prairie Lakes List of Grants (PDF)

 

III. All Grant Programs and Forms are Listed Below 

Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant:

Complete the Online Application for Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant

Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council will have one grant program called Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant, with different categories of funding.  A variety of activities including art and music festivals, community choirs, dance performances, literary readings, instrumental and vocal music concerts, theater productions, visual art classes and exhibitions are eligible. This includes an arts activity in dance, literature, media arts, music, theater and visual arts. 
 
Proposals are for arts programming by an organization; defined as maintaining on-going arts programs and services, and offering new and different activities; and equipment that enhances the artistic capabilities of the organization.  This also includes public art, sculpture, murals, etc; and activities that plan to reach new audiences such as youth, ethnic groups, senior citizen groups, etc. and engage the public in new ways.

  1. Open and print the ACH Guidelines (PDF)

  2. ACH Application Questions (Microsoft Word Document)

  3. ART PROJECT BUDGET to be used for ACH Grants
    Download Microsoft Excel Version

  4. Survey for ACH Grantees (Required)
    Download Microsoft Word Version

  5. Click to access the Legacy logo


Youth Scholarship, Grades 7–12 and Grades 3–6:

Complete the Online Application for the Youth Scholarship

The Youth Scholarship of $300 for grades 7–12 and $200 for grades 3–6, will provide select students the opportunity to study their chosen art with a practicing professional artist, attend an arts workshop, series of classes or special training opportunity. Students in grades 7–12 must be participating with an instructor, an organization or arts discipline for at least 2 years to be eligible. Students in grades 3–6 must be participating for at least one year to be eligible. The scholarship can also be used to take lessons or pay fees to a non-profit arts organization serving youth (i.e. Area Art Centers, Dance Conservatory of Southern MN, Mankato Area Youth Symphony Orchestra, Mankato Ballet Company, Mankato Children’s Chorus, Mankato or New Ulm Suzuki School of Music, other groups which offer art classes to youth, etc.). Artistic areas include: dance, literature, media arts, music, theater and visual arts. Students may not use this scholarship to participate in a school or organization band or choir trip, or other arts or music trips. The application for grades 7–12 is due October 1 and grades 3–6 is due November 1. There is only one deadline per year for each scholarship program.

    1. Open and print the Youth Scholarship Guidelines (PDF)

    2. Youth Scholarship Application Questions (Microsoft Word Document).

    3. Youth Scholarship Students: To View a Written Description of the Online Process for Grants funded and the Follow Up Forms, for the Contract and Final Report. View Now (PDF)

Small Arts Project Community Grant:

Complete the Online Application for the Small Arts Project Community Grant

Small Arts Project Community Grant: Non-profit arts organizations, community groups, or public organizations producing or sponsoring arts activities for their community are eligible. A variety of activities including art and music festivals, community choirs, dance performances, literary readings, instrumental and vocal music concerts, theater productions, visual art classes and exhibitions are eligible. Matching grants $200 to $2,000 are available. Money is allocated to each county under this program. Deadline: The 1st of each month, July 1 to May 1 or until funds are exhausted.

  1. Open and print the Small Arts Project Community Guidelines (PDF)

  2. Small Arts Project Application Questions (Microsoft Word Document)

  3. ART PROJECT BUDGET to be used for Small Arts Project Community Grant
    Download Microsoft Excel Version

School Arts Project Grant:

Complete the Online Application for the School Arts Project Grant

School Arts Project Grant: Grants are for public and private schools K–12. Matching grants $200 to $2,000 are available to fund residencies, live art performances, mini-workshops or arts related field trips. Deadline: The 1st of each month, July 1–May 1.

  1. Open and print the School Arts Project Guidelines (PDF)

  2. School Arts Project Application Questions (Microsoft Word Document)

  3. ART PROJECT BUDGET to be used for School Arts Project Grants
    Download Microsoft Excel Version

Artist Development Grant of $1,500:

Due to the current COVID-19 health situation, Prairie Lakes will be temporarily suspending the current Arts Grant Program and replacing it with this new artist grant to allow more artists to apply for funding and with the purpose of providing more flexible support.  We are initiating the program quickly to serve artists that need funds to continue their creativity.

Complete the Online Application for the Artist Development Grant

  1. Open and print the Artist Guidelines (PDF)

  2. Artist Application Questions (Microsoft Word Document)

  3. Artist Budget Form (Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet)

This program is made possible by funds provided by the McKnight Foundation under a program designed and administered by the PLRAC. Artists must have been a resident of the nine county PLRAC region for a minimum of 12 months prior to application, and don’t plan to move out of the area during the term of the grant. Applications are encouraged from artists in all art disciplines, including dance literature, media arts, music, theater, visual art, etc.

The Artist Development Grant of $1,500 has a deadline of June 1, 2020.
This project grant provides financial support to artists committed to advancing their work and careers. Artists at all stages of development are eligible. Artists at all stages of development are eligible. Artists may expand their present work, advance in skill or technique, or move in a new direction. This grant is for a specific project that contributes directly to your growth and development as a professional.

  1. Because of current COVID-19 restrictions, artist grant requirements are more flexible this year. Funds may be used for supplies, mentorships, etc. as usual, but for this round of grants, artists are able to use up to 100% of funds for creative time and/or living expenses if needed.

  2. We would like artists to explain how this grant will help them continue to do creative work during this challenging time. If requesting funds for creative time and/or living expenses be sure to explain how COVID-19 has impacted you in those areas.

  3. A final exhibit or performance is NOT required for this grant. However, this may be a good time to develop your social media and online presence through Facebook, Twitter, or a website.

  4. Applicants must show that they can do the project without needing to violate any public health guidelines.