Are You Covered? Grants and Healthcare

Hello Artists and Friends!

We have a GRANT DEADLINE Approaching for March 15th.  If you are interested in this grant, the information is underneath or it can be found by clicking here.

STUDENT ARTIST TRAINING MENTOR GRANT

Assistance is available to students for a mentorship and/or to attend a training workshop that is not related to credit. Students must be in high school and a resident of our seven county region. These grants are for $500.00.  Deadline: October 15th   There will be an extra deadline on March 15 each year as funds allow.

Note: Because of changes made to legislature language, the Student Artist Training Mentor Grant Program must be within the State of Minnesota.  Call Mara at (218) 745-9111 if you have questions about this topic.

  1. First print out the Fact Sheet for a quick reference to the program.
  2. Then read the Instructions for Completing the Student Artist Training Application.
  3. Decide whether you would like to fill in the application on-line or request a pdf version sent to your email.
  4. Complete the application and mail to our office by the deadline.
    If you are awarded a grant, you can use this web site to print out an additional copy of the Student Individual Artist Final Report or request a copy from our office.  This report is due 60 days after your project’s ending date.

Arts Legacy Grant Funding dollars are still available!  The deadline for this is April 01, 2014.  Click here for information.

And this just in via Spring Board for the Arts:

APRIL 01, 2014–Are You Covered?

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An important reminder: there is a legal requirement to have health insurance. You must be insured. Otherwise, when you file your 2014 tax return (dueApril 15, 2015), you’ll pay a fine of 1% of your income or $95, whichever amount is greater.

How can I avoid a fine?

Get health insurance by April 1, 2014, and keep insured for the remainder of the year.* For April 1 coverage, you have until March 15 to enroll in health insurance through MNsure.org.

But I can’t afford insurance or I’ve been denied before…

Try again, because things have changed! You can’t be denied health insurance or charged more because of a pre-existing condition. Public health insurance programs have raised income limits and no longer look at what assets you have (car, house, et. al.). Even if you don’t qualify for public health insurance, you may qualify for a tax credit.

Who can I contact with questions?

Springboard for the Arts, that’s who! As MNsure Navigators, Springboard can help you understand the requirement and walk you through the application process. For questions or to request a free appointment, visit www.springboardforthearts.org/health.

*The health insurance requirement went into effect January 1, 2014. But, the law allows you to be without health insurance for one period of time (as long as it’s less than 3 months).