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 - FY22

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

Project Dates

  • July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022

Grant Award Range

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

For Questions or Assistance

Contact Program Officer Vanessa Voskuil | vvoskuil@nd.gov | (701) 328-7591

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Program Overview and Application Instructions

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

Downloads Required for Application
Who Can Apply

An organization may be the official applicant on only one application in this program.

An affiliate and its host organization may not both apply for a grant from the same program.

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 that meets the requirements of an arts affiliate.
  • 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 registered with the IRS as a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Applicants applying with a fiscal sponsor are required to provide a signed fiscal sponsorship agreement and the fiscal sponsor’s IRS recognition letter. For more information, visit arts.nd.gov/sites/www/files/documents/grants/FiscalSponsorshipNDCA.pdf.

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.
How to Apply

Application Method

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

To apply online, go to grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=ndca

Tutorials

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

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