American Rescue Plan Grants
In March 2021, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, an economic stimulus bill intended to help speed up the recovery from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The act included $135 million, allocated to the National Endowment for the Arts, 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 are general operating funds that can be used to help organizations rebuild and reopen as the COVID-19 pandemic wanes.
American Rescue Plan Grants will be distributed broadly, to help support the people and places that makeup the critical infrastructure of Minnesota's arts community.
Program overview and application instructions
FY 2022 Program Overview and Application Instructions — All applicants should read this document thoroughly before beginning the online application.
Friday, October 29, 2021, before 4:30 p.m.
When will funds will be awarded?
FY 2022 American Rescue Plan Grant applications will be reviewed remotely by a team of individuals who have experience in the arts or in nonprofit management. Each review team will be designed to mirror the state's geography and demographics. Reviews will begin in December 2021; grant awards will be determined in April 2022. Once awarded, grantees will have one year to use the funds.
Who can apply?
Carefully review the eligibility requirements in the Overview document.
Grants will be a fixed amount - $15,000. No match is required.
If you have questions or need assistance
If you have questions about eligibility or the content of the application, please contact:
Richard Hitchler, program officer
If you have questions about the technical aspects of the application form, or about how to submit the online forms, please contact:
Justine Pearson, WebGrants manager
E-mail is preferred.
For accessibility inquiries, please contact:
Jenea Rewertz-Targui, accessibility coordinator
Minnesota Relay: 711
All staff can be reached toll-free at (800) 866-2787.
How to apply
All applicants are required to use the WebGrants system to apply and will submit all materials electronically. Registration is required of all applicants before beginning an application to any Arts Board program. It is only necessary to register once.
Two online tutorials are available to acquaint users with the WebGrants system: