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Special Projects Guidelines

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Special Project Grants provide an opportunity for organizations to initiate new projects without delay and to take advantage of possible touring events. The matching funds may be in cash and documented in-kind services and contributions.


  • Applications will be accepted throughout the year, but must be submitted no later than four weeks prior to the event. 
  • Early application is recommended since grant funds are limited and awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  • Special Project Grants for a particular fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) may not be submitted after May 31 of that year. 
  • Allow three weeks for processing application.

Grant Amount

  • Grant requests may not exceed $1,000 or 50% of the total project cost, whichever is less.
  • Awards may be less than requested based on a competitive review process. 
  • A 1:1 match is required. Of this match, up to 50% may be documented in-kind.


  • No group may receive more than one Special Project grant per fiscal year. 
  • An organization which has received a Community Arts Access or Institutional Support grant during the fiscal year (July 1 - June 30) is not eligible for a Special Project grant.
  • Special Project grants are not retroactive. They cannot be used to fund a project that has been under-budgeted, nor can they be used for programs already in progress. 


Examples of Supported Activities

  • General operating expenses. 
  • Honoraria for artistic and technical staff services. 
  • Production costs for performances, exhibitions, and publications. 


  • Organizations supported through Community Arts Access, Institutional Support, Artist in Residence, Presenter Support or Teacher Incentive grant programs.
  • Capital architectural improvements or purchase or long-term rental of equipment or property. 
  • Benefits or hospitality costs. 
  • Fellowships, scholarships, or tuition fees. 
  • Activities restricted to an organization's membership. 
  • Proposals which match Federal funds with Federal funds. 
  • Items listed in General Guidelines and Polices.

Notification and Payment

  • Applicants are notified within three weeks of receipt of the application. Grantees must follow all compliance requirements. 
  • Grant payments are made according to the General Policy on Requesting Funds. 

Final Report

A final report is required within 30 days of the completion of the project.

The report will include financial and attendance information, a narrative evaluation, and documentation of in-kind contributions (if used). Instructions will be provided by the Council on the Arts.


Questions? E-mail or call (701) 328-7592. 

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