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Grant deadline Nov 1

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November 1 is a big deadline for our grants.

Here are some quick links to help you access parts of our website and our current application forms for a deadline this week.

Arts Project Grant Application Form in Word

Arts Project Grant and General Guidelines

Arts Equipment Grant App in Word Master Template 2014

Grant Forms Quick List (this page includes the link to use to register your organization and your grant writer to complete an Arts Legacy Grant)

Soon we will have more of our applications available in our on-line system.

Arts Legacy Grant school residency app with tips page



Springboard For the Arts: Hinge Arts Residency


Springboard for the Arts is launching a whole new artist residency program in Fergus Falls,  A dozen artists will be invited to the newly renovated Kirkbride campus apartments over the course of the year.

The Kirkbride campus was once the home of the Fergus Falls State Hospital and is currently undergoing a transitional period.  It can either be redeveloped or torn down.  Arts residencies will be between 2 and 12 weeks long.

The Hinge Arts Residency Program looks to look at some of those themes like transition, connection, and innovation.  The Hinge name comes from connecting artists to past and the future.


Taken from the site:

Call for Artists

Announced Monday, October 20, 2014

From January 2015 – December 2015, the Hinge Arts Residency program welcomes writers, filmmakers, musicians, visual and performance artists for stays of 2-12 weeks on the grounds of the former Fergus Falls State Hospital, also known as “The Kirkbride Building.” Residents are provided housing in newly converted apartments in a former nurse’s dormitory owned by a private developer, with a view overlooking the main hospital building, as well as workspace with partner organizations throughout the community.

In addition to receiving creative time and living space, artists are eligible for project support funds of up to $5000 through the following types of projects:

  • Developing content for the annual Kirkbride Arts & History Weekend, held in early September 2015
  • Prototyping ideas for permanent art spaces or installations on the Kirkbride grounds
  • Presenting educational workshops and demonstrations for the community and its visitors throughout the year.

Upon their selection into the program, each artist will be matched with a specific need or opportunity via meetings with Springboard staff and partners.

Summary of Artist Benefits

  • Weekly living stipend of $100 per week
  • Fully equipped apartments (kitchen, linens, washer/dryer)
  • Eligible for community engagement project funds up to $5000
  • Travel scholarships available

Read more about this exciting opportunity here.


National Endowment for the Arts: Big Read Grant

310px-Book_CollageThe National Endowment for the Arts has a grant program available for communities through out the United States.  The Big Read program has partnered with Arts Midwest to help facilitate this process.

Application deadline is January 28, 2015.   The Big Read is accepting applications for grants between $2,500 and $20,000. 

So…what is the Big Read?  It’s a program designed to restore reading to the heart of America.  It provides competitive grants to support innovative reading programs and helps combat the rapidly declining number of literary reading happening through out all demographics in America.

Taken from the website:

Approximately 75 organizations in communities of varying sizes across the country will be selected to participate in The Big Read from September 2015 through June 2016.

Applicant organizations for The Big Read must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit; a division of state, local, or tribal government; or a tax-exempt public library. Eligible applicants include organizations such as literary centers, libraries, museums, colleges and universities, art centers, historical societies, arts councils, tribal governments, humanities councils, literary festivals, and arts organizations. Note: K–12 schools, school districts, boards of education, or other school governing bodies, whether public or private, are not eligible applicants, but may partner with eligible applicants.

The Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. These programs include activities such as author readings, book discussions, art exhibits, lectures, film series, music or dance events, theatrical performances, panel discussions, and other events and activities related to the community’s chosen book or poet. Activities focus on one book or poet from The Big Read catalogue.

Find out more by clicking on this link!  Good Luck!

Statewide: Upcoming Grants Deadlines and Opportunities

From Springboard For the Arts:


Forecast Public Art Jerome Project Grant. Up to $8,000 for the creation of a publicly accessible temporary or permanent artwork anywhere in the state of Minnesota by an emerging Minnesota-based public artist.

Apply here.



by John Michael Kohler Arts Center   September 11, 2014

Seeking entries of visual art and photography that embodies a favorite place for Take Me With You exhibition. Deadline: October 26


TAKE ME WITH YOU: An Exhibition Without Borders Entry deadline: October 26, 2014
On view: November 16, 2014–January 18, 2015


Create a two- or three-dimensional work of art, photograph, or a literary work that embodies a favorite place and submit it for inclusion in this exciting exhibition. (Total dimensions may not exceed 24 inches. Literary works may not exceed one side of an 8 1⁄2 x 11 in. sheet of paper.)*

For inspiration, view the exhibition series THIS MUST BE THE PLACE or watch five preschool students talk about their favorite place. Find the full details, videos, and submission guidelines at (click on “Exhibitions/ Call for Entries”).

* For more information or to send a proposal for a larger work, contact Andrea Avery at or (920) 694-4699.


Seeking submissions of short poetry for daily radio show

Northern Community Radio (91.7 KAXE/Grand Rapids, 89.9/Brainerd, 90.5 KBXE/Bemidji, 103.9/Ely) is now airing a program called THE BEAT, which features a short poem every weekday by a Minnesota poet, published or not, well known or not. No deadline.

Aside from quality, there are really only two criteria for submission: 1) the poet must currently live in Minnesota or have some demonstrably strong connection to the state; and 2) the poem has to fit into the show’s three-minute format. Published and unpublished work will be considered. Hear archived poems at Beat. The program is made possible with support from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

THE BEAT runs on Northern Community Radio’s Morning Show, during NPR’s Morning Edition, between 7:30 and 8:00 a.m., and again around 11:00 a.m. Your poem will be broadcast on 150,000 watts of signal power, meaning much of northern Minnesota will be able to pick it up, from Thief River Falls to Ely to Hermantown to Pierz. Other stations in the Association of Minnesota Public/Educational Radio Stations (AMPERS) have the option to use THE BEAT’s poems—and they do.

The best way to submit work is in your own voice, in a quality recording (e.g., MP3), emailed

No music or special effects.

A short bio—the 25-or-fewer-words variety—should accompany your submission.

MISSION: Northern Community Radio builds community in northern Minnesota through radio programming, cultural events and interactive media.

Dare to Dream/Let Me Play: Ann Bancroft Foundation is a great grant opportunity for girls ages 5 up through High school graduation.

These grants are awarded twice a year to Minnesota Girls!


DareDreamDoFund Art, Cultural, Leadership, Educational and Outdoor/Wilderness Experiences.

Designed specifically for girls ages 10 through high school graduation, allowing them to begin exploring the outside world and begin recognizing their own abilities, values and strengths in the process.

Applicants must reside in Minnesota

Requests cannot exceed $500

DEADLINE: 10/15/2014










Fund Sport, Athletic and Dance Equipment or Participation Fees.

h26C87084Designed for girls ages 5 through high school graduation, giving them the opportunity to be a part of a team, build strength and confidence, and post themselves farther—on and off the field!

Applicant must reside in Minnesota

Requests cannot exceed $500 and documentation of financial need must be provided.

DEADLINE: 10-15-2014

Guidelines for BOTH Grants

  • Each applicant must have an adult mentor (not an immediate family member or the activity provider) who will guide her through the application process.
  • Requests may not include transportation costs.
  • Former grant winners may not reapply.
  • Group applications will not be considered.
  • Applications must be completely filled out by both applicant and mentor.
  • All applications must be signed by a parent or guardian as well as by the girl.
  • The activity must begin after the date winners are notified - Spring round: May 15, 2014 and Fall round: November 15, 2014
  • Applications must be postmarked by October 15, 2014 for the Fall round.
  • Winners will be notified on or by November 15, 2014 for the Fall round.
  • The check for the activity will be made out to the organization providing the activity (as it is listed on the application).
  • All decisions are final.
  • Each grantee will be asked to tell us about her experience after completion of the activity. Mentors will also be asked to answer a few questions.

Please direct all questions to Ann Bancroft Foundation at info@annbancroftfoundation.orgor call 612.338.5752.