Category Archives: Grant Info

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.

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Art and Wine Walk: RWAG

Art and Wine Walk

Drawn and Needled Exhibit Reception


TMJ+Art@RWA081614eOur very own Therese Masters-Jacobson was one of the River Walk Artists featured during the Grand Cities Art and Wine Walk.

Therese writes:

“Yesterday’s Art & Wine Walk was another success for everyone at the gallery. Brett Lysne and Candace Osborn met many people, and answered questions all afternoon. Carolyn Meisel and I were the RWA featured artists for the event. The visitors were plentiful, and complimentary to our exhibit. Candace’s daughter brought a great power-point presentation on her laptop computer showing the steps involved in needle-felting an animal. People really enjoyed it!

The galleries entertained 366 guests.”


It sounds like an amazing time was had by all!  Can’t wait for the next one!  Hope to see you there!

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Quick Turn Around Grants

Please check out the quick turn around grant application!  Our office, the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, with funding from The McKnight Foundation provides $500 grants with a suggested 30% cash match to individuals in our area.  These grants are quickly processed by our office and serve to fund spontaneous needs for artistic equipment and artistic training.  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.

Here is the Quick Turnaround Grant application in a Word file.

Each quarter a new pool of funding will become available starting in July, October, January, and April.

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Knight Foundation Prototype Grant


The Knight Prototype Fund helps media makers, technologists and tinkerers take ideas from concept to demo. With grants of $35,000, innovators are given six months to research, test core assumptions and iterate before building out an entire project.

The program recognizes that with the cost of experimentation dropping, innovators should have the opportunity to test their greatest ideas and explore many options before choosing a final path. When successful projects emerge, Knight Foundation can help them scale.

What types of ideas does the Prototype Fund support?

The Prototype Fund supports a broad spectrum of ideas related to media, data and information. We are interested in any new models or technology to inform communities.

Is there a deadline for the Prototype Fund?

Yes. Applications are accepted on a quarterly basis. Our next deadline is August 1, 2014.

Is the program open to international applicants?

At this time, funding is limited to organizations based in the United States.

What types of funding are available?

The Prototype Fund makes grants to nonprofit organizations, for-profit organization and individuals, for charitable activity (such as open source development, public education, etc.). You can read about our other funding options here.

How much funding will I get if my application is successful?

Successful applicants receive an $35,000 grant for a six-month prototyping period.

What comes next if my application is approved?

New grantees start the Prototype Fund experience with a two-and-a-half day human-centered design and project planning workshop. Over the six-month prototyping period you work independently and check-in with Knight Foundation on your progress. At the end of the six months, grantees are reconvened for a demo day showcasing the research and prototypes.

Next Deadline: August 1, 2014.


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The Raven Celebrates 20 Years!


unnamed-3Northwest Minnesota’s Original Art, History and Humor Journal

Twentieth Anniversary – Probing Special Issues

THE RAVEN is grateful for the opportunities provided by the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund. The Legacy Grant, in particular, is vital to the artists of Northwest Minnesota, including us. THE RAVEN continues publication from a rural township in Roseau County based on grant funding. In turn, we donate hundreds of RAVEN issues to university libraries, historical society collections, seniors citizen homes, hospital and clinic waiting rooms, community centers, cafes, and restaurants. Readers reciprocate calling THE RAVEN “Out of the ordinary” – “Entertaining” – “Engaging” – and “Unique.”

THE RAVEN, in tribute to its 20th anniversary year (2014) is publishing extraordinary issues that disclose its artistic evolution from its crude beginnings as an eight-page, black-and-white, copier-printed “zine” (as defined by Wikipedia), to its current twenty-page, innovative format. Thanks to a 2011 Legacy Grant through the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, publication rolls off a state-of-the-art digital color printer. Issues include seldom-heard stories of artistic perseverance and invention.

A four-issue subscription to THE RAVEN is $20. includes 4- original artwork postcards, and an XL RAVEN t-shirt. Please visit The Raven’s or email Palmville Press & Publishing, Inc. at for subscription information.


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