Community Arts Access

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Community Arts Access Tier 1 is a grant program that provides up to $3,000 in funds for groups that would like to offer quality arts activities in any discipline to North Dakota communities with a population of 6,000 or less. It also supports groups whose arts programming makes a deliberate and focused effort to serve an underserved community.

Community Arts Access Tier 2 is a grant program that provides up to $3,000 in funds for groups that would like to offer quality arts activities in any discipline to North Dakota communities with a population of 6,000 or more. It also supports groups whose arts programming makes a deliberate and focused effort to serve an underserved community.

One component of the Community Arts Access grant program is to encourage strategic, long-term engagement between arts organizations and traditionally underserved communities. A community may be a geographic entity, or it may be a community of shared interest or identity.

Deadlines - FY21

  • Application Deadline: Before 11:59 pm (CST) on Thursday, April 1, 2021 (online application available soon)
  • Draft Review Deadline: Before 11:59 pm (CST) on Monday, March 15, 2021

Project Dates

  • July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022
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Program Overview and Application Guidelines

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

  • FY22 Program Overview (coming soon)
  • FY22 Application Guidelines (coming soon)
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 and have an advisory committee for the proposed project.
  • Public Entity such as a unit of state, local, or tribal government. Arts budgets must be isolated from the larger entity’s budget and have an advisory committee for the proposed project.
  • Informal and/or unincorporated arts-focused groups. The applicant group must have its own board of directors or advisory committee that provides input on the project and oversight of the grant funds and a fiscal sponsor. Fiscal sponsors must be registered with the IRS as a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

And All Applicants Must:

  • Be physically located in North Dakota, Moorhead, MN, or East Grand Forks, MN;
  • Have majority of arts programming, services, or activities take place in North Dakota;
  • Primarily serve and engage North Dakota audiences and participants.

Ineligible:

  • Applicants supported by the Council's Institutional Support or Special Projects programs in the same fiscal year (July 1- June 30).
  • Applicants already supported through Community Arts Access in the same fiscal year.
  • Activities that qualify for the Council's Artist-in-Residence grant programs.
  • Reduction of a debt or deficit.
  • Prizes, awards, benefits or hospitality (food, refreshments) costs.
  • Capital improvements or permanent acquisitions.
  • Projects completed at the time of application.
Grant Award Range
  • $3,000 maximum request
  • A 1:1 match is required

Grants Awarded

How to Apply

Application Method

  • NDCA is transitioning to a new online grant system, to learn more visit www.arts.nd.gov/grants/online-grant-transition.
  • All applicants will be required to use NDCA's online grant system to apply. Registration is required of all applicants before beginning an application to any program. It is only necessary to register once.

For Questions or Assistance

Contact Program Officer Amy Schmidt | amschmid@nd.gov | (701) 328-7594