Category Archives: Grant Info

The Loft’s Minnesota Emerging Writers’ Grant is Open

The Minnesota Emerging Writers’ Grant 2017 provides writers with financial support and professional assistance to develop and implement multifaceted plans for their artistic endeavors. The grant is now open.

Up to five winners will be selected to receive grants of $8,000 to underwrite projects of their own design.

The grant program is intended to assist emerging writers with support that helps them create or present their work.

Possible objectives include (but are not limited to):
completion or revision of a manuscript, CD or body of work
improved speaking. performance, or presentation skills,
securing an agent, or completion of research for a manuscript.

Activities or expenses might include (but are not limited to):
taking time off work in order to focus on writing;
obtaining critical evaluation of manuscripts;
attending a writers’ conference;
meeting with editors, publishers, or agents;
travel for research, or other research related expenses
marketing for a first or soon-to-be-published work or performance;
consulting with mentors or colleagues on matters of artistic development;

Deadline: Friday, March 31, 11:59 p.m., 2017. All entries must be submitted online through the portal Submittable. Winners will be announced in August 2017. Projects may not begin before September 1, 2017 and should conclude by August 31, 2018.

Click here for more information or to apply.

Fellowships Available for Minnesota Filmmakers, Screenwriters and Media Artists

Are you or do you know a media artist at a career stage beyond emerging and whose work is of exceptional artistic merit? Applications are open for four $25,000 fellowships to Minnesota filmmakers, screenwriters and other media artists.

The application deadline is March 6th. Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) Minnesota administers the McKnight Fellowships in Media Arts on behalf of the McKnight Foundation. For more information:

McKnight Fellowships for Media Artists

This is only one of 10 programs that McKnight has for artists; you can find out about all the other organizations that handle fellowships on behalf of McKnight here (each has its own guidelines and deadline):
https://www.mcknight.org/grant-programs/arts/artist-fellowships.

Grant Writing Workshop — January 11 — RSVP Today!

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is offering a grant writing workshop on January 11 at 1 pm at our office at 109 S Minnesota Street, Warren. Mara will walk you through your grant application, provide information about upcoming grant deadlines, and answer any questions. This is a great opportunity to fine tune your application or learn about opportunities!

Please RSVP to mara@nwrdc.org or 218-745-9111.

Upcoming grant deadlines include:

Individual Artist Grant for $1,500DEADLINE JANUARY 15!

Arts Legacy, Arts Project & Arts Equipment for Schools — DEADLINE FEB 1!

Grant Deadlines Approaching — Apply Today

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NWMAC Individual Artist $1,500 GRANTS – DEADLINE JANUARY 15!

Individual artist grants are awarded to individuals in our region in performing, visual, media and creative writing arts.

Arts Legacy GRANTS up to $10,000.00, Arts Project GRANTS up to $3,000.00, Arts Equipment for Schools GRANTS up to $3,000.00                                                                    DEADLINE FEBRUARY 01, 2017!

To learn more about these grant programs and start an application visit www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org, click on the Current Grants Forms under the Grants Tab. The grant application process is completely online and NWMAC’s Executive Director Mara Hanel 218-745-9111 can help walk you through the process of using the grants portal to get accustomed to it.

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Contact Mara for support and to review your application.  Mara can also provide a copy of the application and guidelines for you to review prior to starting your on-line application.

Submit by January 15, 2017 by 11:59 pm.

Artist Project Grants: Artists must be 18 years and older and reside in the seven-county Northwest Minnesota area at least six months out of the calendar year. Individual Artist Grants provide financial assistance for the exhibition, performance, or production of a specific creative work, mentoring with a more experienced artist, participation in not-for-credit arts experiences.

What is a typical project?  Often, grant proposals are to buy items that directly relate to your art like upgrading an instrument or replacing worn out visual art equipment.  Sometimes proposals are to attend a workshop that is important for your artistic growth then create a new body of work as a result of that learning.  Some grants are to allow artists to create a new body of work, then promote and showcase the result.

What is hard to get funded?  It is difficult to receive funding for items that are part of daily life like computers, printers, cameras, cell phones, etc.  It is also difficult to receive funding to travel to destinations for art training that have the appearance of a vacation.  It is difficult to receive funds to start a new arts medium since your current work sample is important to the application process and must show work within the medium you are applying.

Can I pay myself while I work on my project?  Yes, the McKnight Foundation, encourages established artists to be able to use grant funds to pay themselves to work on the project.  If awarded a grant however careful tracking needs to occur on the form provided.  If awarded all receipts for expenses need to accompany the final report or full or partial funding will be returned including the completed time tracking form.

Support for our Fellowship program comes from the McKnight Foundation. The McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis awards the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council $70,000 annually to provide grants and services to artists. Please see the McKnight page on our website that provides a summary and links to this programming. To see if you quality for this grant visit the grants link at www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org/grants or call 218-745-9111 or email mara@nwrdc.org

Arts Legacy, Arts Project & Arts Equipment for Schools DEADLINE FEB 1!

Grants are awarded to nonprofit arts organizations, communities, schools, individuals and other nonprofit organizations.  Applications are being accepted from our seven county Minnesota service area including Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau counties.

Individual adult artists can apply for an Arts Legacy Grant of up to $10,000 if their project has a very strong community focus.  Performing artists, visual artists, media artists, creative writing artists are all welcome to apply.

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.

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 $3,000.00 with a required cash match.  This grant programs 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. Grants of up to $3,000.00 are awarded with a 25% cash match requirement.

To learn more about these grant programs and start an application visit www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org, click on the Current Grants Forms under the Grants Tab.  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.