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Statewide+ Arts Opportunities

Do you have a hard time trying to keep track of all those grants and artist residency deadlines?

NWMAC hopes to make it easier for you by curating some amazing arts grants and artist residency opportunities featured both in the great state of Minnesota and other countries!

Grant info:

In 1996 the Jerome Foundation and VSA Minnesota began a collaboration to encourage the creation of new artistic work by emerging Minnesota artists with disabilities. Since support of emerging artists is a priority to both organizations, the Jerome Foundation has awarded VSA Minnesota funds for the past 19 years to administer grants to Minnesota artists.

Deadline: Friday, December 11th 2015.åks-artist-residency-program

SDG (Sámi Center for Contemporary Art) in Norway announces the Iver Jåks Artist-In-Residency Program. Named after the late Sami artist Iver Jåks, this international artist in residence program offers visual artists an up to two months residency in Karasjok, Norway.

Deadline: December 01, 2015

Wow! This one is definitely interesting!

The deadline to apply for the 2016 Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award is April 15, 2016, by 12 noon (this is NOT a post mark deadline).​

The Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award enters its third year in 2016. This award provides an opportunity for students and emerging artists to continue their ceramic research and education for a period of up to twelve consecutive months within a grant year, further expanding their professional development.  This award is available to current undergraduate or graduate students, recent graduates (within one year), or those who have complete a university-equivalent training in ceramics (including apprenticeships) within the year prior to the application deadline.

Deadline: April 15, 2016

Grants! Grants! Grants! Nov 1 Deadline!


Deadline PhotoFour Arts Grant Applications have November 01, 2015 Deadline!

Apply Now for up to $10,000.00 in the Arts Legacy Category!

Warren, Minnesota (October 26, 2015) – Arts Legacy grants of up to $10,000.00, Arts Project grants of up to $3,000.00, Arts Equipment for Schools grants of up to $3,000.00 and Fellowship grants of $5,000.00 all have a Sunday, November 01, 2015 deadline!

Grant money is available from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council.  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.

imagesIndividual adult artists can apply on November 1 for a NWMAC/McKnight Fellowship grant of $5,000.00 or if their project has a very strong community focus, they can apply for an Arts Legacy Grant of up to $10,000.00.  Performing artists, visual artists, media artists, creative writing artists are all welcome to apply.

LegacyLogoThe 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.  A maximum of $10,000.00 can be requested.  Applicants must provide cash match and it is recommended that it be between 25% – 50% although some projects may be approved with as little as 10% cash match if they are innovative and fit a unique need.

An example of Arts Legacy Grants in action comes from the City of Newfolden, Mn.  In 2014, they applied for a grant to commission a bronze sculpture by artist Nick Legeros of Minneapolis in the likeness of a former community Mayor, Fire Chief and Businessman, Stan Holmass.  The bronze sculpture is now firmly ensconced at the Stan Holmaas Memorial Park.  Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to be able to help communities like this honor their past while giving joy to the present.

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 Legacy grants and Arts Project grants have annual deadlines of August 1, November 1, and February 1 each year.  This November 1 deadline is the second round for these two categories.   

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.  There is one annual deadline for this grant on November 1.  Grants of up to $3,000.00 are awarded with a 25% cash match requirement.

Also available on a first come-first served basis are Artist Residency Grants for are School Districts.  Grants of $2100.00 are awarded to sponsor artists working with children usually in a traditional weeklong residency but it can also be a different format that serves your school or summer program.  An extra $400.00 may be requested for art residencies that need supplies.  Schools are strongly urged to use a COMPAS roster artist because they have been professionally trained in working in schools.  Local artists that are sponsored need to provide lesson plans and show their professionalism in a classroom setting.

To learn more about these grant programs and start an application visit, 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.  There are also informative step-by-step video’s posted to our website to help you out.

Funding for these programs comes primarily from the Minnesota State Legislature.  The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is one of eleven regional arts councils in the state.  All eleven councils work together with their fiscal agent the Minnesota State Arts Board to provide arts services, staffing, and grants.  The McKnight Foundation is another funding source helping local arts councils promote and serve the arts community.

2nd Call: Artist Grants Fall 2015 Deadline

UnknownIt is time to apply as an individual!  Register yourself in our grants portal.  Then click into the individual grants application section.  This application includes all our grants that are geared towards individuals.  (Although if you are an individual interested in a Legacy Grant a few select people with their community project are eligible to apply.)  Talk to our office to see where your project fits!  Click into our current grant forms page to read guidelines for all four programs.


  • NWMAC/McKnight Artist Project Grants of $1,500 Deadline Oct 15
  • NWMAC/McKnight Artist Fellowships of $5,000 Deadline Oct 15
  • Quick Turn Around Grants for adults of $500 Deadline on-going
  • Student Artist Training Grants for middle and high school students of $500 Deadline on-going

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Emerging Artists Grant Opportunity




Administered by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Deadline: Friday, September 18, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. (noon)

Since 1981, the Jerome Foundation has generously funded this fellowship program to significantly advance, artistically and critically, emerging visual artists in Minnesota.

To view an information session and learn more about the application process click here.

Artists are also welcome to schedule one-on-one phone meetings with program director Kerry Morgan or program coordinator Nathan Lewis. For more information call 612.874.3667 or email

The Jerome Foundation generously supports this fellowship program.