Folk and Traditional Arts Grant
The Minnesota State Arts Board is accepting applications for the Folk and Traditional Arts Grant. This is a pilot program designed to support the artistic traditions and customs practiced within community and/or cultural groups by identifying, documenting, creating, preserving, presenting, and honoring Minnesota’s folk arts and traditions. A folk or traditional arts project may be a single event or activity, or a series or combination of multiple events or activities. Apprenticeship projects, where a master artist passes on skills to a promising apprentice, also are encouraged. Projects may include creation of work, field research, and documentation of folk and traditional art forms. All projects must have a public component such as a concert, exhibition, documentary, workshop, or other activity that engages members of the public in the work of Minnesota's folk and traditional artists. Cities are eligible to apply for this grant. The deadline to apply is 4:30 p.m. on June 26. The Minnesota State Arts Board will offer a free one-hour webinar on June 1 at 3 p.m. to help applicants prepare to apply for the Folk and Traditional Arts grant program. For more information about the grant or webinar, contact the Arts Board at email@example.com or (651) 215-1600.
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Federal Funding: Partnership for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER)
The U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) and U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez recently announced that up to $35.5 million in funding is now available through the Partnership for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) initiative. POWER is an EDA-led coordinated effort among multiple federal agencies using existing resources to provide integrated and coordinated investments in communities and workers negatively impacted by changes in the coal industry and power sector. The Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO), outlines the POWER Initiative implementation grant priorities, evaluation factors, and application guidance for the up to $12.5 million in funding from the EDA, up to $20 million from Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA), up to $2.5 million from the Small Business Administration (SBA), and up to $500,000 from Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). Although resources from EDA, ETA, ARC, and SBA are made available through this FFO, applicants need to apply separately for each funding source they are interested in pursuing. The deadline for receipt of applications for EDA and ARC funding is July 10, and applications for ETA funding will be accepted on a rolling basis. Proposals for SBA’s Regional Innovation Clusters Program contract solicitation will be accepted on a rolling basis after June 1.
Dan Solomon, field representative with the Office of Sen. Al Franken, has offered to assist Minnesota organizations by providing a letter of support for your application. To request a letter of support, contact Solomon at Dan_Solomon@franken.senate.gov.
Minnesota Housing Affordable Housing Funds
Minnesota Housing Finance Agency and its partners have announced the availability of funding to build and preserve affordable housing across Minnesota. Total amounts available will be determined by the Minnesota Legislature, and a final availability of funds notice will be distributed after the legislative session ends on May 18. Visit the Minnesota Housing website for applications, materials, and instructions for the Consolidated 2015 Multifamily and Single Family Request for Proposal (RFP) and the annual Housing Tax Credit RFP. The intent to apply is due by 5 p.m. on June 4. The Multifamily RFP and Housing Tax Credits Round 1 are due by 5 p.m. on June 18. The Single Family RFP is due by 12 p.m. on June 16.
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State Capital Projects Grants-in-Aid Grants for Historic Preservation
In the 2014 Legislative Session, the Minnesota Legislature approved funding for the State Capital Projects Grants-in-Aid grants program for historic preservation projects. It is anticipated that approximately $1.13 million will be available. Grants must be matched on at least a one for one basis. The minimum request is $10,000. There is no request cap in place. Funded projects will begin after Jan. 1, 2016. The property for which funds are being requested must be listed in the National Register of Historic Places, or have been determined to be eligible for listing in the National Register by the State Historic Preservation Office. Properties that have not been evaluated are not eligible for funding. The pre-application deadline: May 29. Final application deadline is July 17.
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Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Tour Minnesota Grant
The Minnesota State Arts Board is now accepting applications for the fiscal year 2016 Arts Tour Minnesota grant program. Arts Tour Minnesota is a pilot program designed to give Minnesotans greater access to high quality artists and arts organizations, regardless of geography. Arts Tour Minnesota project grants support touring performances, exhibitions, and other related arts activities throughout the state. Minnesota professional artists and nonprofit arts organizations that want to tour may apply. Community groups, cities, public and nonprofit agencies, arts organizations, and others that would like to present touring artists or arts activities may also apply. The deadline to apply is 4:30 p.m. on July 17.
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Minnesota State Arts Board FY 2016 Minnesota Festival Support
The Minnesota State Arts Board is now accepting applications for the fiscal year 2016 Minnesota Festival Support grant. Proposed projects must take place between Nov. 1, 2015, and Oct. 31, 2016. The deadline to submit applications for the FY 2016 Minnesota Festival Support grant program is 4:30 p.m. on May 22.
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