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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

Public Radio Grants

Per Minnesota Laws, 2011, 1st Special Session, Chapter 6, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 6, the Minnesota Department of Administration requests proposals to create and produce one live event for broadcast during February through June 2015. The event must educate, enhance, or promote local, regional, or statewide items of artistic, cultural, or historic significance that expand Minnesotans access to knowledge, information, arts, state history, or cultural heritage. The total amount of funding available for State Fiscal Year 2015 (SFY15) grants is $134,147.61.

Request for Proposal: Third Release

The application period for this release has ended. All applications were due no later than 4:30 p.m. Central Time on October 24, 2014. Grant announcements will be made at the beginning of January 2015. For all the details, reference the original Request for Proposals (PDF).

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. The total amount of funding available for State Fiscal Year 2015 (SFY15) grants is $49,941.54.

Request for Proposal: Second Release

The application period for this release has ended. All applications were due no later than 4:30 p.m. Central Time on November 14, 2014. Grant announcements will be made in February 2015. For all the details, reference the original Request for Proposals (PDF).

Grant Announcements

Grant recipients have been selected for the FY14 Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF) Competitive Small Theatre Grants with the Minnesota Department of Administration. Reference the complete FY14 RFP for more details. FY14 Competitive Small Theatre Grant awards are listed below for each selected recipient: 

  • Canby Theatre, Canby, MN - $24,423.30
  • Morris Theatre Coop., Morris, MN - $27,027.00
  • Rialto Theatre - Aitkin, MN - $47,108.16
  • Total Grant Awards - $98,558.46

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.