New arts grant program offered

Five Wings Arts Council announces a new grant program designed to encourage and support the integration of the arts to address a local community issue, problem or need through an arts-based solution. 

The Arts Based Community Development (ABCD) grant program is a pilot initiative open to any nonprofit 501c3 organization, organizations or groups  without nonprofit designation but using a 501c3 fiscal agent, school or local government entity serving Minnesota counties of Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd or Wadena. 

FWAC will award up to $7,500 for an approved ABCD application. The applicant organization must provide at least a 50 percent cash match towards the total cash costs of the project. 

ABCD projects may be new initiatives or the expansion of an existing arts and community development project. Successful applications will demonstrate that the project addresses a community issue that has been identified as a priority for resolution. The project must incorporate a collaboration between at least one arts organization and/or artist and one non-arts organization, each with clearly defined roles related to the project, with at least one or more artists or arts organizations playing a leadership role in the core conception, planning, implementation and evaluation of the project. The project engages community by providing avenues for community involvement and interaction at some level in its planning and/or implementation and/or evaluation. 

Deadlines for grant application submission are June 3  and, if funds are still available, again on August 15. Applicants will be notified within 60 days of the application deadline date of the board’s decision regarding their application. 

ABCD funds are provided through a general fund appropriation from the Minnesota Legislature and Minnesota’s Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.  

The Five Wings Arts Council is one of eleven regional arts councils in Minnesota. Its mission is to encourage and promote arts creation, appreciation and education through grant programs and technical assistance in order to enhance the quality of life for Minnesota residents in Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties

Check the Five Wings Arts Council’s website at for further details about grant program guidelines and the application process, or call 877-654-2166 or email or go directly to this link: FWAC ABCD Grant Guidelines & Instructions


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