June 1 Deadline Added for Arts Legacy & Arts Project Grants
Deadline to apply is June 1 for Arts Legacy Grants and Arts Project Grants Please consider applying and spread the word! To apply login to our grants system here. Arts Legacy Grants and Arts Project Grants are open for a variety of projects. This year we are promoting public art projects. The deadline is June 1 for these grants. 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.
Emphasis on Public Art Projects — Applications funded through these two very important grant opportunities can be for public art projects that improve the quality of life of people in our communities.
The Arts Board has posted grant program guidelines and application forms for the FY 2022 Creative Support for Individuals program.
The program offers flexible support for Minnesota artists and culture bearers.The coronavirus pandemic has made it difficult for artists and culture bearers to produce work, sustain their creative practices, and generate income. Creative Support grants can be used by artists and culture bearers to adapt to their changing environment; continue to make work or try new ways to make and share their work; stay connected to audiences, participants, students, or communities that participate in their arts programming; and ensure that Minnesota residents and communities will continue to have access and connection to the arts.
There will be two application deadlines—one on June 4, 2021, and another on August 6, 2021. This is a statewide program. Anyone who meets the eligibility requirements is welcome to apply. Artists and culture bearers who received a grant from the Arts Board or a regional arts council in fiscal years 2015-2021 are eligible to apply. So too are artists and culture bearers who have not been previous grantees but are in one or more of the following groups: — Individuals who live outside the seven-county metropolitan area (the metro area includes Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington counties); — Individuals who identify as indigenous or a person of color; — Individuals who have a disability. Please visit the Creative Support for Individuals Web page to find the complete Program Overview and Application Instructions; other details about the program; and a free, recorded information webinar.
Deadline to apply is June 1 for Arts Legacy Grants and Arts Project Grants with an emphasis on
Public Art Projects
The NWMAC has created a special category this year for Arts Legacy Grants and Arts Project Grants for public art projects. The deadline to apply is June 1.
To start your application, login at our Grants Portal here.
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. These grants are a maximum of $3,000 with a required cash match. These grants have substantially less reporting requirements than Legacy grants.
The deadline for this special category is June 1.
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.
Applications funded through these two very important grant opportunities include public art projects that improve the quality of life of people in our communities.
Creating art in public spaces requires a different skill set than creating art for private commissions. It requires the artist to work with city, the community, or the neighborhood in collaboration to determine subject matter, look, and timeline. The artist needs to recognize and adhere to zoning and building codes. The artist also needs to be transparent at times with a whole committee of people related to design and installation and lighting requirements for public safety. Often it requires working at a large scale and understanding whether your art can handle our extreme weather. It can be very rewarding and fun!
For this open call, they have 2 grant awards for $3,500 and 4 grants in the amount of $1,000. Grants will be awarded through an open call art competition juried by leading contemporary curators.
The Hopper Prize was established in order to increase the recognition of artwork created by artists and photographers. Their aim is to advance artists’ careers by providing them with unrestricted financial support that is coupled with a platform for increased visibility. They accept submissions twice a year via an open call.
Total Awards: $11,000.00 USD for visual artists
— $3,500.00 – 2 artists will each receive a $3,500 (USD) grant
— $1,000.00 – 4 artists will each receive a $1,000 (USD) grant
Springboard for the Arts, with support from the Blandin Foundation, has a new funding opportunity Artists Respond: Equitable Rural Futures for artists and creatives in small towns and rural places in Minnesota.
The murder of George Floyd and other Black lives at the hands of police, increased polarization across geographies and ideologies, and the rise in emboldened white supremacist groups, has led to necessary conversations and action that advance equity and racial justice in rural communities.
To support the creative work that is essential to this movement, Springboard invites artists and creatives in rural places and small towns in Minnesota to propose projects that center BIPOC (Black, Indigenous or People of Color), Native, and LGBTQIA+ experiences and perspectives in rural and tribal communities, create safe and supportive spaces for connection, confront truth about historic harms, bring non-dominant stories into light, and/or address racism, homophobia and/or transphobia. Whether using music and dance, food, craft and traditional art, public art, fashion and design, the mail or local media, we know rural artists can play an important role in helping their communities imagine and build a more just and equitable future for all.
Culture bearers, makers, artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians, performers and other creatives in rural and tribal communities of 25,000 people or less in Minnesota are invited to apply for project support of up to $2500, with priority given to BIPOC, Native and/or LGBTQIA+ led proposals. Application deadline is Friday, April 2 at 11:59pm.