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MRAC’s Equity Response Grant Program (United States)

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted December 6, 2020 from Brazil
Expires on April 25, 2021
Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) logo
Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) logo

The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) is seeking applications for its Equity Response Grant Program to provide resources for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC)-led, People with Disabilities (PWD)-led, and/or Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual/Agender, Two-Spirit (LGBTQIA2+)-led MRAC eligible groups.

Some examples of eligible projects could be, but are not restricted to:
a) Meet a group’s needs critical to its continued ability to provide arts activities to its community;
b) Advance the group’s journey through (re-)envisioning, planning, securing necessary materials, and/or piloting new ways of working;
c) Explore, initiate, or expand collaborations/strategic partnerships/resource sharing that supports a resilient arts ecosystem in the region.

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The Equity Response grants provide funding for targeted small-scale projects as a starting or transition point for groups to support their ability to provide access to the arts in a changing environment (COVID-19 and current social change realities).

This program funds IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts and/or cultural organizations, non-arts nonprofits, and community education units with a history of arts programming, and informal/unincorporated arts groups applying with a nonprofit as a fiscal sponsor.

All applicant groups and project activities must be located within the seven-county (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, Washington) Twin Cities metro area.

The applicant group must implement and manage the proposed project.

This program is only available to groups and organizations led by individuals who are Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Disabled/have a disability, and/or are LGBTQIA2+. To qualify as “led-by,” the applicant group’s leadership must be made up of at least 50% or more BIPOC individuals, LGBTQIA2+ people, and/or People with Disabilities (PWD).

The applicant group’s annualized operating/arts programming expenses must be less than $400,000.

Fiscally Sponsored groups must have their own board of directors or advisory committee that provides input on the project and oversight of the grant funds.

The Equity Response grants provide funding up to USD$2500.

Next deadlines:
January 25, 2021 - 11:59 pm
February 22, 2021 - 11:59 pm
March 22, 2021 - 11:59 pm
April 26, 2021 - 11:59 pm.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Dec 12, 2020
Dec 12, 2020

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2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required by calls such this one);
3. Write (baby steps...) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
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6. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network.