In the fall, a granting focus is on Art programs and projects serving the Twin Cities metro area that provide culturally specific arts programming and/or intercultural arts programming.

What we fund:

These are the Foundation’s priorities in the area of Arts with priority given to programs that share synergies between two or more of our grant making focus areas:

  • Projects and programs that foster cultural awareness and understanding
  • Projects and programs that encourage cross-cultural collaboration, community integration, and inclusion
  • Projects and programs that support work by professional artists


  • Project or program must include content that is culturally-specific (work representing a specific culture) and/or intercultural (collaborative work between individuals or groups representing different cultures)
  • A professional arts production, exhibit or showing for the general public in the Twin Cities metro area must be included. Wide-audience reach is prioritized
  • End result of project or program aimed at positive social impact and message for the greater community at large
  • Work Samples (exemplifying quality of work)

We will not fund:

  • Projects or programs providing arts access and/or education for youth as the primary activity
  • Start-up organizations
  • Grants directly to individuals


Please submit a letter of intent (LOI) online by July 15th at 11:59 pm CST. Invitations for full applications will be sent in early August and full applications will be due online on September 1st at 11:59 pm CST. LOI and Application must be submitted online via the Foundation’s online grant application system under ‘How To Apply’. Grants range between $5,000-$20,000.


  • June 15 – LOI online portal opens
  • July 15 – LOI deadline at 11:59 pm CST
  • Early August – Applicants notified via email of invitation to apply
  • September 1 – Application deadline at 11:59 pm CST


  • The Foundation will consider applications for:
    • 501(c)(3) charitable and fiscally sponsored organizations
    • Capital campaigns
    • Multi-year grants
    • General operating grants
  • The Foundation will make grants to programs only in the seven county metro area (except for Environmental Grants)
  • The Foundation accepts no more than one proposal per year from each organization
  • After five consecutive years of giving to an organization, Marbrook will cease making grants to the organization for at least one year, per the Foundation’s phase-out policy
  • Minimum grant size is $5,000 (except for Environmental Grants)