Community Arts Access


Community Arts Access Tier 1 & 2 is a grant program that provides up to $3,000 in arts programming/activity support to arts and non-arts organizations and to unincorporated groups, that offer quality arts activities with a focused effort to serve an underserved community(ies). A community may be a geographic entity, or a community of shared interest or identity.

Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the Program Overview and Application Instructions, then call the program officer prior to beginning an application.

Application Deadline

  • Before 11:59 pm (CST) on Friday, April 15, 2022
  • Draft Review Application Deadline - Friday, March 25, 2022 – before 11:59 pm (CST)

Project Dates

  • July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023

Grant Award Range

  • $1,250 minimum request
  • $3,000 maximum request
  • A 1:1 match is required

For Questions or Assistance

Contact Program Officer Vanessa Voskuil | | (701) 328-7591

Program Overview and Application Instructions

All applicants should read these documents thoroughly before beginning the online application.

Downloads Required for Application

Download the budget form appropriate to the applicant’s population. Complete and upload to the online application

Who Can Apply

Applicants must be one of the following: 

  • North Dakota State tax-exempt nonprofit arts organization.
  • Federally tax-exempt nonprofit arts organization.
  • Federally tax-exempt non-arts organizations and community education units. - Arts budgets must be isolated from the larger entity’s budget.
  • Public entity such as a unit of state, local, or tribal government.
  • An affiliate arts presenting or producing organization hosted within a North Dakota 501(c)(3) tax-exempt institution or public institution. –  An arts affiliate is a distinct program or division within a public or 501(c)(3) nonprofit non-arts organization (such as an arts division of a city or tribal government, a public or nonprofit college or university, or a community service nonprofit) that primarily provides arts programming or services to the general public. It has a distinct and separate budget from the host organization for arts programming. An affiliate and its host organization may not both apply for a grant from the same program.
  • Fiscally sponsored groups with arts projects - A fiscally sponsored group must be comprised of at least three people, have an advisory committee of at least three people that is responsible for oversight of project and grant funds, and a fiscal sponsor. Fiscal sponsors must be a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization, unit of state or local government, or federally recognized tribal community or tribe. For more information, visit

And All Applicants Must:

  • Be physically located in North Dakota;
  • Have majority of arts programming, services, or activities take place in North Dakota;
  • Primarily serve and engage North Dakota audiences and participants.
How to Apply

Application Method

Grant applications are submitted online through the NDCA online grant system.

To apply online, go to


The tutorials below guide new users through the online registration process and illustrates how to apply and use the system.

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