Category Archives: Grant Info

McKnight Fellowship Programs for Theater Artists & Ceramic Artists Deadlines Approaching

McKnight Artist Fellowship Programs

Theater Artists Due April 12

Ceramic Artists Due May 25

Support for individual artists has been a focus of The McKnight Foundation’s Arts program since its inception. McKnight has 10 different Fellowship programs for artists; you can find out about the fellowships and all the organizations that handle them on behalf of McKnight  here. Each program has its own guidelines and deadline. Programs with upcoming deadlines include theater artists (Administered by the Playwrights’ Center. The deadline is April 12. Info is here), ceramic artists (Administered by the Northern Clay Center. The deadline is May 25. Info is here ) Consider applying for one of these fellowships!

 

Bush Foundation Community Creativity Cohort 2 Accepting Applications

The Community Creativity Cohort 2 is a participant-led, capacity building program to support organizations that make art and culture central to problem solving—the guiding goal of the Community Creativity strategic initiative.  They are accepting applications through April 26.

This cohort will focus on:

  • Organizations led by and serving people of color or Indigenous people (POCI)

AND/OR

  • Organizations led by and serving people from rural communities, non-metropolitan cities or towns with populations of less than 50,000 people.

They want to support both art and culture organizations and non-art organizations. They want to support organizations that have been integrating art into problem solving for years, as well as those that are just starting to experiment with using art and culture in problem solving.

They will support the creation of a participant-led learning cohort to help organizations improve their work and strengthen their organizations.


INFORMATIONAL WEBINAR

Sign up for an online information session on April 3, 2018.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Their interest in building a participant-led learning cohort is anchored in our belief that organizations in this region have a lot of expertise and knowledge, including what they need to improve their work and strengthen their organizations. They have also heard from people—particularly people of color, Indigenous people and people working in rural communities and smaller cities—that they feel isolated and want to connect with and learn from others doing similar work.

To help build the participant-led learning cohort, They will host annual in-person gatherings designed to provide inspiration, build relationships and offer opportunities for peer learning. Organizations will be expected to have two representatives (staff, board members or other volunteers) participate in these in-person gatherings. The first gathering will be November 2018, in the Twin Cities. Travel support, separate from the grant amount, will be provided for these representatives.

Participants will identify and design learning activities to improve their work and strengthen their organizations throughout the three-year program. This may include organizing or participating in a training on specific issues, convening local gatherings for peer learning, building a one-to-one coaching or mentoring relationship, conducting learning tours, or attending conferences. They will provide a pool of resources separate from the grant amount, to support these participant-driven learning activities.

They will provide general operating grants of up to $100,000 over three years to allow organizations to be participant-leaders in this learning cohort and to support their on-going efforts to integrate art and culture into problem solving in their communities.

Participants will be asked to generously share with other participating organizations, the Foundation and the broader field. This sharing is necessary to enable peer learning. They also hope to gather information and ideas that can be shared with other organizations seeking to make art central to problem solving.

Participants will also be asked to fully engage in our evaluation efforts for this program.

ELIGIBILITY
  1. Grants must be used for a charitable purpose taking place in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota or one of the 23 Native nations that share the same geography.
  2. Grants will only be awarded to 501(c)(3) public charities and government entities (including schools).
  3. Organizations must demonstrate that they serve a community of color or Indigenous people and/or people from rural communities, non-metropolitan cities or towns of less than 50,000 people.
  4. Organizations must be:

a. Led by people from the community of color or Indigenous community they serve demonstrated by one or more of the following:

i. At least half (50%) of the Board of Directors are people of color or Indigenous (POCI).
ii. At least half (50%) of supervisory staff are POCI.
iii. Executive Director/President of organization is a POCI.

Priority will be given to organizations that demonstrate all three.

AND/OR

b. Led by people from rural communities, non-metropolitan cities or towns with populations of less than 50,000, demonstrated by one or more of the following:

i. At least half (50%) of the Board of Directors live in a rural community.
ii. At least half (50%) of supervisory staff live in a rural community.
iii. Executive Director/President of organization lives in a rural community.

Priority will be given to organizations that demonstrate all three.

Organizations serving the following metropolitan areas—unless they serve and are led by POCI—do not meet eligibility requirements: seven-county Minneapolis/St. Paul area, Rochester, Duluth, or St. Cloud, MN; the Greater Fargo/Moorhead area, Bismarck/Mandan, or Grand Forks, ND; or Rapid City or Sioux Falls, SD.

Highest priority will be given to applicants that are led by and serving POCI and are located in a rural community.

SELECTION CRITERIA

They will choose organizations that:

  1. Demonstrate a commitment to making art and culture central to problem solving in their communities.
  2. Demonstrate a commitment to learning; are self-aware and reflective, learning from both successes and mistakes; share what has worked and what hasn’t, and actively seek out learning from others.
  3. Are committed to sending two participants to each of the annual convenings—including November 2018, in the Twin Cities—and to be involved, as a leader and a learner, in participant-driven learning activities.

To have a balanced participant-led learning community, they will select organizations based on a number of characteristics including, but not limited to:

  • POCI and rural organizations (at least 50% of each).
  • Art and culture and non-arts organizations.
  • Organizations integrating art into problem solving for years and those just starting.
  • Geographic distribution throughout North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography.
  • Ethnic/racial diversity of populations served.
  • Size of organization.
  • Size of community served.
  • Issue areas.
  • Artistic disciplines.
HOW TO APPLY
RESOURCES

Accepting applications through noon Central, April 26, 2018.

Apply Now!

SELECTION PROCESS

Bush Foundation staff will review and select grantees. During the selection process some applicants may be asked to provide additional information, and references may be contacted.

Organizations will be notified in July 2018.

All selections are based on program eligibility requirements and criteria.

For more information call 651-379-2252 or email communitycreativity@bushfoundation.org.

Learn more about the Community Creativity strategic initiative.

See https://www.bushfoundation.org/grants/community-creativity-cohort-2

McKnight Fellowship for Visual Artists Deadline March 30

McKnight Fellowship for Visual Artists

Apply Today for an Award of $25,000 — Deadline March 30

2018 McKnight Visual Artist Fellowships
Administered by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD)

The McKnight Foundation’s Arts program is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the country. Established in 1981, the McKnight Artist Fellowships provide annual, unrestricted cash awards to outstanding mid-career Minnesota artists in ten areas. Eight arts organizations oversee the administration of the fellowships and structure their own programs to respond to the unique challenges of different creative disciplines.

The Arts program supports the conviction that the arts cannot flourish or enhance community life without the ideas, energy, and drive of individual artists, and that artists cannot make these contributions without unfettered creative time.

The goal of the McKnight Visual Artist Fellowships program is to identify talented Minnesota visual artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit and who are at a career stage that is beyond emerging. The fellowship program supports established artists by providing significant financial assistance, by creating opportunities to meet with local and national art professionals, by organizing a McKnight Discussion Series featuring the fellows and invited critics, and by working with the fellows to create an individualized professional development plan.

Eight $25,000 grants are awarded annually. Fellowship funding may be used to enhance any aspect of the artist’s life, such as overhead costs, the purchase of materials, travel, and other living expenses. Awards are subject to state and federal income tax guidelines.

Application site with link to guidelines: 
https://fellowship.mcad.edu/mcknight/index.php
Deadline: Friday, March 30 at noon

For more information contact Kerry Morgan, Program Director
612.874.3667
gallery@mcad.edu

or

Melanie Pankau, Fellowship Coordinator
612.874.3803
gallery@mcad.edu

Upcoming Grant Deadlines — Apply Today

Grant Deadlines March 1

Arts Legacy GRANTS up to $10,000.00, Arts Project GRANTS up to $3,000.00                                                     

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.

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.

Create a login >>>

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.

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

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.

Call to Media Artists: McKnight Artist Fellowships for Media Artists Program is Open

Apply Today

McKnight Artist Fellowships for Media Artists

Four $25,000 Fellowships Available Each Year to Filmmakers, Screenwriters, & Other Media Artists

The goal of the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Media Artists program is to identify talented Minnesota media artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit and who are at a career stage beyond emerging. The fellowship program supports established artists by providing significant financial assistance, by creating opportunities to meet with local and national art professionals, by organizing a public discussion panel featuring the fellows, by providing assistance to attend a professional conference in New York or Los Angeles, and by offering four free classes through FilmNorth during the fellowship year. FilmNorth administers the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Media Artists on behalf of the McKnight Foundation. They grant four $25,000 fellowships each year to filmmakers, screenwriters, and other media artists.

The application deadline is March 12th. To learn more visit:

http://myfilmnorth.org/mcknight-fellowships-media-artists/

For questions about the fellowships or the application process, contact Eric Mueller, Program Administrator, FilmNorth, 651-644-1912, emueller@myfilmnorth.org.

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).