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Competitive Grant Opportunities

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The Department of Administration posts opportunities for competitive grants throughout each fiscal year. These competitive grants are awarded through an application process to applicants that most closely meet the selection criteria. The requests for proposal (RFP) are publicized here via the Department of Administration’s website, as well as on the MN Grants website at http://mn.gov/grants and the MN Legacy website at www.legacy.leg.mn/opportunities-funding

Small Theatre Grants

$75,000 each year is for grants to historic, small town theatres in Minnesota to purchase and install digital projection technology to allow continued access to films. Priority for grants is to theaters that have exclusively 35 millimeter projection systems in communities with few available theaters or to small theaters with only one screen. Priority should be given to projects that have a non-state cash match of at least 65 percent of the total eligible project costs.

Request for Proposals: Third Release

The total amount of funding available for State Fiscal Year 2016 (SFY16) grants is $56,750. Applications are due no later than 4:30 pm Central Time on Friday, November 13, 2015.


Grant Announcements 

Please see the Archived Information page to view the Request for Proposals (RFP) documents for the following competitive small theatre grants.

First Release

  • Canby Theatre, Canby, MN - $24,423.30
  • Morris Theatre Coop., Morris, MN - $27,027.00

Second Release

  • Trylon Microcinema, Minneapolis, MN - $17,500

Public Radio Grants

Please see the Public Radio Grants Archive for more information regarding the RFP documents for each of the following competitive public radio grants. 

Third Release Grant Announcements

The following applicants were awarded state fiscal year 2015 Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund Competitive Public Radio Grants:

KAXE: "Northern MN Intercultural Powwow" - $44,500
KUMD:
"Ojibwe - Then and Now" - $32,046.34

Fourth Release Grant Announcements

The following applicants were awarded state fiscal year 2015 Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund Competitive Public Radio Grants.

Applicant Project FY15 Grant Award
KAXE What's Left - A community project to use art to heal suicide's aftermath $2,000.00
KAXE Music history/restoration project $7,500.00
KMOJ Unity of Black History and Arts $62,185.81
KUMD Northland Music Festival $16,000.00
KUMD Stories of Glensheen Mansion: Congdon's Legacy $2,609.00
WTIP Fingerstyle Masters Workshop and Concert Weekend $5,050.00
TOTAL
$94,894.81

Veterans Memorial Parks

$80,000 the first year is for at least four (and/or up to eight) grants to local units of government for veterans memorials in municipal parks to preserve the culture and heritage of Minnesota. The local unit of government must provide a non-state cash match equal to the amount requested for the grant. Reference the complete RFP for more details.

Grant Announcement

Grant recipients have been selected for the State Fiscal Year 2014 Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF) Competitive Veterans' Memorial Park Grants with the Minnesota Department of Administration. State Fiscal Year 2014 Competitive Veterans' Memorial Park Grant awards are listed below for each selected recipient:

  • City of Lonsdale - $9,900.00
  • Farmington Area Veterans Memorial, Farmington, MN - $9,900.00
  • Edina Community Foundation, Edina, MN - $9,900.00
  • City of North St. Paul - $9,900.00
  • City of Fosston - $9,900.00
  • City of Wahkon - $9,900.00
  • City of Little Canada - $9,900.00
  • City of Wadena - $9,900.00
  • Total Grant Awards - $79,200.00*
    • *Note: The total amount of funding available for State Fiscal Year 2014 grants is $80,000. Up to one percent of funds may be used by the commissioner for grant administration.