The deadline to apply is 5pm Central, Friday, December 4. The Fund supplies $500 to artists living in Minnesota with catastrophic, career-threatening emergencies such as income loss from cancellations, closures, and postponements in the COVID-19 pandemic, medical emergency, theft, or natural disaster. After the application window closes and eligibility is verified, applications will be placed into pools for random selection through a random lottery process. Applicants must meet these eligibility requirements:
Must be an artist, culture bearer, or creative worker based in Minnesota.
Must not have received Emergency Relief Funding from Springboard for the Arts after March 13, 2020.
Must meet one of the following criteria as a member of a priority population: 1) Artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), and/or Native, 2) Artists from Greater MN (live outside the 7-county, Twin Cities metro area), 3) LGBTQIA+ artists, or 4) Artists from the disability community, including those who are immuno-compromised
Funding for this round of the Emergency Relief Fund comes from individual donors, anonymous support, Team Lori & Julia for MyTalk 107.1 Project Down and Dirty, including sponsors David at First Equity and Aquarius Home Services, and the City of Saint Paul.
Minnesota State Arts Board announces another opportunity to apply for a FY 2021 Creative Support for Organizations grant
The Minnesota State Arts Board is offering a new grant program this year—Creative Support for Organizations—to help arts organizations adapt to the changing environment caused by the global pandemic. Recognizing that many Minnesotans engage with the arts through community organizations and public entities that are not specifically arts organizations, the board will offer an additional Creative Support for Organizations application deadline in December that will be open to a wider spectrum of applicants.
For the next deadline, the following additional kinds of entities will be welcome to apply: – Arts affiliates of nonprofit or public institutions; -Nonprofit organizations whose primary mission or focus is not the arts but have an ongoing commitment to arts programming and have received an Arts Board or regional arts council grant in fiscal years 2017, 2018, 2019, or 2020. -Public entities with an ongoing commitment to arts programming that have received an Arts Board or regional arts council grant in fiscal years 2017, 2018, 2019, or 2020.
Organizations that were eligible to apply in August and September, but didn’t, will still be eligible to apply. Organizations that have been awarded a FY 2021 Creative Support for Organizations grant will not be eligible to apply for another grant. Organizations that submitted an application in August or September, that is being reviewed by the Arts Board, will not be eligible to submit another application. More detailed eligibility information will be available in the application materials.
Creative Support for Organizations funds can be used to support people and activities that will be needed to keep audiences, participants, students, or communities engaged with the arts during the pandemic and beyond. This grant program aims to help Minnesota arts organizations and programs maintain their financial sustainability and long-term viability by leveraging creativity and connections to community, to ensure that the arts remain available to Minnesota residents and communities. Application materials will be available by early November; an announcement will be distributed when materials are available and the board will begin accepting applications.
For more information, visit the Minnesota State Arts Board website http://www.arts.state.mn.us/grants/cso.htm.
Bringing communities together around the shared activity of reading and discussing a book
How do we do this?
The NEA Big Read aims to inspire conversation and discovery. Annually, the program supports approximately 75 dynamic community reading programs, each designed around a single NEA Big Read book.
Each community program that receives an NEA Big Read grant—which ranges between $5,000 and $15,000—is also provided with resources, outreach materials, and training on various aspects such as working with local partners, developing public relations strategies, and leading book discussions and Q&As. The programs last approximately one month and include a kick-off event, often attended by the mayor and other local luminaries; major events devoted specifically to the book (e.g., panel discussions and author reading); events using the book as a point of departure (e.g., film screenings and theatrical readings); and book discussions in diverse locations involving a wide range of audiences.
How to Apply
Arts Midwest accepts requests for proposals annually starting around mid-October with a deadline in late January. Proposals are now being accepted for NEA Big Read programs to take place between September 2021 – June 2022.
Staff and consultants from Springboard for the Arts will be on hand with the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (Region 1) on Tuesday, October 20, Noon to 1:00 p.m. for an hour-long virtual open house to let you know what programs and resources Springboard offers, answer questions you have about your artistic career, and otherwise try to entertain you for an hour.
Curious about selling your art online? Looking for art projects to be involved with? Questions about copyright? Looking for grants? Want to take a workshop but don’t know where to start? Trying to set up a streaming concert at home and need some pointers? They’ll address all of these questions and more via Zoom, phone or email! Join by video or phone!