upcoming deadlines for Individual Artist Grants, Arts Project grants, Arts Equipment for Schools Grants, and Arts Legacy Grants

APPLY TODAY! Individual Artist Grants of up to $5,000 — deadline has been extended to October 28! Arts Project grants of up to $3,000.00, Arts Equipment for Schools Grants for $3,000, and Arts Legacy Grants for up to $10,000 have a November 1 deadline!

Individual adult artists can apply by October 28 (deadline has been extended) for a NWMAC/McKnight Individual Artist Grant of $5,000.00 or if your project has a very strong community focus, you can apply for an Arts Legacy Grant of up to $10,000.00.  Performing artists, visual artists, media artists, creative writing artists are all welcome to apply.

Project grants are awarded to individuals. To be eligible you must be out of high school and at least 18 years of age.  College tuition is not an eligible expense.  This is the main category that individuals use to support their artistic business or advance their technical skills. This category is for non-hobby artist. Grants are awarded annually with $1,500 going to four individuals and $5,000 going to four individuals.  Support for this program comes from The McKnight Foundation. The deadline this year is October 28 for $5,000 level applicants and November 15th this year for $1,500 level applicants.

You absolutely must reside in our service region in northwestern Minnesota. In the case of college students, your school or your home mailing address must be in our region.  Our region covers the Minnesota counties of Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau.

To start your application, login at our Grants Portal here.

Individual adult artists can apply for an Individual Artist Grant of up to $5,000. The deadline to apply this year is October 28. There is also a November 15 deadline for individual artist grants up to $1,500.

The Arts Legacy Grants is a main category for funding artistic activity within the seven-county service region. Funding for the grants comes from the Minnesota State Legislature through the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. These grants are a maximum of $10,000 with a required cash match.    

Arts Project Grants are used primarily for small budget arts projects and the sponsorship of performances of touring companies and artists. These grants are a maximum of $3,000 with a required cash match. These grants have substantially less reporting requirements than Legacy grants.

Applications funded through these two very important grant opportunities include festivals, community theatre projects, folk music entertainment, sponsorship of visual demonstrations, creative writing workshops and many other activities that improve the quality of life of people in our communities.

Arts Equipment for Schools Grants are considered a special category of our Arts Project Grant Program. This grant allows schools to purchase artistic equipment for their art room, theater, band room, etc. Equipment that is used solely for the pursuit of arts like a kiln or theater lights, or a band instrument has a better chance of being funded. There is one annual deadline for this grant on November 1. Grants of up to $3,000 are awarded with a 25% cash match requirement.

Schools in our seven-county region can also apply now for an Artist Residency grant of $2,100 plus an additional $400 if the residency needs supplies. Our teaching artist roster online is a great resource to view artists available to teach in our area.  Go to our www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org website and click teaching artist roster on the left navigation bar. Another resource to view artists available to enhance curriculum is COMPAS.     

Also available on a first come-first served basis are Quick Turn Around Grants for $500. The NWMAC is currently awarding Quick Turn Around grants for COVID-19-related relief for artists in northwest Minnesota. These grants are for missed gigs and income due to the pandemic. Use the Quick Turn Around application in the Individual Artist grants. Who is eligible? Performing artists, writers, media artists, fine craft artists, and visual artists can apply if they are a permanent resident of our seven-county service area of Northwest Minnesota.

We are offering grant writing workshops online to assist you with your application. You are also welcome to come to our office in Warren to work on your grants in our new setting, as we have social distance protocols in place. RSVPs are required for grant writing sessions to receive a link and/or talk about protocols for attending at our office in person email director@nwartscouncil.org

  • Thurs, Sept 17  Grant writing for individuals at 3:30 pm
  • Tues, Sept 29  Grant writing for anyone at 3:30 pm    
  • Wed, Oct 14  Grant writing for schools at 3:30 pm & organizations at 5pm
  • Wed, Oct 28  Grant writing for individuals at 3:30 pm & organizations at 5pm

To learn more about these grant programs and start an application visit www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org. The grant application process is completely online and NWMAC’s Executive Director Mara Hanel can help walk you through the process of using the grants portal to get accustomed to it. For more information, email director@nwartscouncil.org or call 218-745-8886.