LRAC: Legacy Organizational Grant

Lake Region Arts Council

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Next predicted deadline: Mar 7, 2024 3:00pm PST

Later predicted deadlines: Oct 5, 2024 3:00pm PDT

Grant amount: Up to US $12,500

Fields of work: Art & Culture Community Culture & Heritage Art Education Arts / Culture Access & Participation

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Government Entity

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Counties in Minnesota: Becker County, Clay County, Douglas County, Grant County, Otter Tail County Show all

Location of residency: Counties in Minnesota: Becker County, Clay County, Douglas County, Grant County, Otter Tail County Show all



The Mission of Lake Region Arts Council is to encourage and support the vitality of the arts in West Central Minnesota.

Legacy Organizational Grant

To increase Arts Access, Arts Learning and Arts and Cultural Heritage opportunities for all Minnesotans. Arts Organizations (nonprofit), nonprofits with project that have Arts as the primary focus, local governments, and educational institutions in the LRAC nine-county region.

The Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund will support activities in three key areas:

  • Arts & Arts Access:
    • Up to 79% of the fund will support Minnesota artists and arts organizations in creating, producing, and presenting high-quality arts activities; to overcome barriers to accessing high-quality arts activities; and to instill the arts into the community and public life in this state.
    • Such activities may be, but are not limited to:
      • Investing in activities that make the arts available to persons who might not otherwise have access due to economic, geographic, or physical barriers.
      • Ensuring that Minnesota’s artists have sufficient financial support to create high quality art.
      • Investing in the long-term health and vitality of Minnesota’s arts sector by supporting capacity-building and professional development.
      • Investing in efforts that enable Minnesotans to connect with arts/arts experiences.
      • Investing in efforts to fully integrate the arts into local community development efforts.
      • Investing in efforts to integrate the arts into local and state economic development planning.
      • Investing in public art that is available throughout the state.
      • Recognizing and rewarding artists/arts organizations/arts providers for exceptional artistic quality and service to their audiences and/or the state.
  • Arts Education:
    • Investing in lifelong learning in the arts: Up to 16% of the fund will support high- quality, age-appropriate arts education for Minnesotans of all ages to develop knowledge, skills, and understanding of the arts.
    • Such activities may be, but are not limited to:
      • Investing in efforts that enable Minnesotans to connect with arts learning opportunities.
      • Ensuring that artists are able to invest in professional development.
      • Ensuring that arts learning opportunities are achieving intended outcomes through ongoing assessment and evaluation.
  • Arts & Cultural Heritage:
    • Building bridges between Minnesotans through arts and culture: Up to 5% of the fund may be used for events and activities that represent the diverse ethnic and cultural arts traditions, including folk and traditional artists and art organizations, represented in this state.
    • Such activities may be, but are not limited to:
      • Providing Minnesotans with opportunities to celebrate our cultural heritage through events and activities that represent the range of Minnesota’s ethnic and cultural arts traditions.
      • Ensuring that Minnesotans are able to experience folk/traditional arts of diverse cultures by supporting the work of folk and traditional artists/arts organizations.

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  • Lake Region Arts Council serves the nine counties of: Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin in west central Minnesota.
  • Who can apply:
    • Arts Organizations, 501 (c) 3 with the arts as a primary focus.
      • The applicant group must have a 501(c)(3) tax- exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service, Minnesota domestic Articles of Incorporation and be in good standing with the MN Secretary of State
      • Or have a fiscal agent that is a federally designat- ed 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and is registered in Minnesota in the LRAC region.
      • Use of a fiscal agent is allowed on the organization's first application.
      • An applicant may apply one time with a fiscal agent.
    • Nonprofits, who do not have arts as a primary focus, such as senior centers, colleges, universities and school districts/community education departments
    • Cultural Heritage groups with nonprofit status in Minnesota.
    • Local governments
    • Organizations that do not intend to relocate outside the nine-county LRAC region during the year of the grant project or until approval of the final report.
      • Note: if the organization leaves the LRAC region before the completion of the grant project, the grant funds must be returned.
  • Types of proposals that are eligible include but are not limited to:
    • Projects for the production of Public Art
    • School artist residencies
    • Artistic performances
    • Art and cultural festivals
    • Arts educational experiences
    • Art workshops
  • Request must include at least one activity within the LRAC region.
  • Applicants are limited to one application per grant round.
    • Departments within a University are each considered as individual applicants


  • An applicant cannot be awarded more than 50% funding from Lake Region Arts Council and 50% from the Minnesota State Arts Board.
  • Not eligible organizations:
    • For-profit businesses.
    • Applicants that do not have arts/culture related activities as the focus of their proposals.
    • Religious organizations.
    • Organizations intending to influence public policy.
    • Applicant organizations that are established and/ or located outside of the LRAC nine-county region of Minnesota; Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, and Wilkin counties.
    • Applicant organizations that are registered with foreign articles of incorporation in Minnesota.
    • Applicant organizations that have an outstanding final report on the deadline date due to the LRAC.
    • Organizations that have not submitted a complete and accurate application providing all the requested information. The proposed budget must be accurate, detailed, and appropriate to the purpose of the project.
  • Activities not allowed:
    • Requests for operating support from organizations that are receiving Minnesota State Arts Board Institutional Support grants during the same fiscal year, although such groups may apply to LRAC for Legacy project funding.
    • Projects that receive funding from both LRAC Project Grants and Legacy Grants for the same project during the same fiscal year.
      • If your project is not funded in one grant program, you may reapply in the other grant program for the same project.
    • Grants awarded partial funding may not seek the unfunded portion of their grant in a second LRAC grant request.
    • Activities that do not have arts/culture as their primary focus.
    • Activities intended solely for fund raising.
    • Requests that would reduce or eliminate accumulated deficits.
    • Projects for endowment funds, construction of new buildings, or purchase of real property (land or buildings).
    • Requests from non arts organizations for building renovations, repairs or capital improvements.
    • Funding for activities that are located or take place outside the state of Minnesota, including any preparatory work resulting in an event. Any travel outside of Minnesota.
    • Projects in which the activity is essentially for religious socialization.
    • Projects that attempts to influence any state or federal legislation or appropriation.
    • Events from which proceeds will benefit a secondary group, without prior LRAC approval.
    • Budgets that request grant support for hospitality costs or purchases of supplies for “resale or re- gifting items”, including food.
      • This applies to receptions and events, not to costs of meals and lodging for performing artists.
    • Projects that are limited only to students, or staff/members of groups (such as Girl Scouts, 4-H, series subscription concerts etc.).
      • Exceptions: Residencies in schools or assisted living facilities.
    • To compensate ongoing school personnel in full or in part.
    • To pay an artist or arts organization to provide essentially the same services that an ongoing teacher or arts specialist would be expected to provide.
    • For tuition for teachers to earn degrees, meet licensure requirements, or meet continuing education requirements to retain a teaching license.
    • To supplant discontinued or nonexistent arts programs in schools.
    • To purchase equipment for or improve facilities within K-12 public schools and higher education institutions.
      • The exception to this will be, when a non-profit arts group uses the school facility for rehearsal, classes, performances, or exhibitions, and it needs equipment or facilities improvements for its own work.
        • The arts organization could in this case apply for and receive a grant and could develop a cooperative agreement with the school that spells out how the school could also benefit from the purchase items or improvements.
    • Activities that would financially benefit “for profit” entities directly.
      • Exception for public art project where the “for profit” entity agrees to have on public art on their building/property and not to profit financially from the public art.
    • Projects that fund school programs such as school (K-12 and post-secondary) plays, concerts, etc. that would normally occur during a school year.
    • Multiple requests from one applicant for the same grant round.

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