Note: no questions have been submitted for 2016. We will post those as soon as they are received.
The Minnesota Legislature appropriated $1 million in FY 2014 and $1.2 million in FY 2015 for the County Fair Arts Access and Cultural Heritage Equal Share grant program.
Here’s the math:
$1,000,000 (FY 2014 appropriation) ÷ 93 fairs = $10,752.69.
$1,251,434.88 (FY 2015 appropriation & roll over) ÷ 93 fairs = $13,456.28.
“Direct” means a project must, in and of itself, highlight art, history or culture. Anything one step removed from directly touching art, history or culture, does not qualify.
This could mean improving lighting in an arts building so fair attendees can truly see and appreciate the paintings, quilts, woodwork, etc, exhibited in that building. It could mean investing in easels to display photographs and paintings. It could mean bringing in a band to hold a workshop so fair attendees can be exposed to a type of music they are normally not familiar with. It could mean bringing in an exhibit from the historical society so fair attendees can experience an exhibit they would normally not have access to. It could mean restoring a historic building, so fair attendees can enter the building and see and touch a bit of history.
It does NOT mean fixing plumbing in a building, making the exterior of building more attractive, improving bathrooms in a facility, upgrading a kitchen, etc.
Updated: August 20, 2015
Cassie Dahl, Program Coordinator
Ag Marketing & Development Division
Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), 625 Robert Street N, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538, email@example.com