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NWMAC Individual Artist $1,500 Grants Deadline January 15

Individual Artist Grants of $1,500

Deadline to Apply is January 15

Applications are open for individual artist grants. These are awarded to individuals in our region (Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau counties in northwestern Minnesota) in performing, visual, media and creative writing arts. Individual artist grants are for $1,500 each and have a January 15 deadline.

All application forms and guidelines are available by emailing mara@nwrdc.org and on our current grants page.

To be eligible you must be out of high school and at least 18 years of age.  College tuition is not an eligible expense.   This is the main category that individuals use to support their artistic business or advance their technical skills. This category is for non-hobby artist.  Grants are awarded annually with $1,500 going to four individuals. Support for this program comes from The McKnight Foundation.

 

Grants! Funding is Available! Apply Today!

Coming Soon…Grant Deadlines!

$5,000 Individual Artist Grant Deadline October 15!

Arts Legacy and Arts Project Grants Deadline November 1!

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.

imagesMcKnight/NWMAC Individual Artist Grants for Projects Individual adult artists can apply by October 15 for a NWMAC/McKnight Individual Artist 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.

Project grants are awarded to individuals.  To be eligible you must be out of high school and at least 18 years of age.  College tuition is not an eligible expense.   This is the main category that individuals use to support their artistic business or advance their technical skills. This category is for non-hobby artist.  Grants are awarded annually with $1,500 going to four individuals and $5,000 going to four individuals.  Support for our Fellowship program comes from The McKnight Foundation.  The deadline is October 15th annually for $5,000 level applicants and January 15th annually for $1,500 level applicants.

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.

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 March 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 who are sponsored need to provide lesson plans and show their professionalism in a classroom setting.

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.

We are offering two workshops on Wednesday, October 11 at 10am and 6pm at our office for people who have questions related to our on-line system, grant applications, grant management once they get a grant, and final reporting.  Our Executive Director Mara Hanel covers all aspects of the grant process. You will find that it is really helpful to attend. The first half hour relates to the deadlines coming up and the second half hour relates to the system and questions on grants management and reporting. Don’t let your fear or inexperience with grants stop you from applying!  You must RSVP. Email mara@nwrdc.org or call 218-745-9111.

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.

2018 New Frontier Story Lab

With an emphasis on story, the New Frontier Story Lab supports artists who are developing interactive, immersive, or experimental projects that aim to create rich and resonant experiences for audiences. The New Frontier Story Lab is open to a wide variety of storytelling disciplines, forms and story designs. Applications for the 2018 Lab will be available to storytellers, artists and creative technologists August 23, 2017 through October 18, 2017.

Projects are invited that fit the following criteria:

1)The project tells or co-creates a fiction, non-fiction or hybrid story (or stories).
2)The project provides one or more of the following points of entry (broadly defined): film, gaming, theater, music, visual arts, creative coding/robotics, comics, literature, design and web/mobile native arts.
3)The project innovates story design by using new technologies and platforms to enable the creation of story; OR designs that are exploring new methods of storytelling. The project is a work in progress with at least one component of its story design in advanced development.

Applicants must have completed some previous work in one or more fields related to their project. International projects will be considered, but all project materials must be provided in English.

More here on the New Frontier program, or other New Frontier Labs programs.

Applications accepted until Wednesday, October 18 at 11:45 pm.

Forecast Grant Opportunities

Three Forecast Grant Opportunities Will Open for Applications on September 1, 2017!

Deadline to submit is October 17, 2017. Starting September 1, applications will be available at https://forecastpublicart.submittable.com/submit
Mid-Career Professional Development Grant [2 grants, $5000 each]
This grant supports Minnesota-based mid-career artists seeking to expand or advance their careers in the field of public art. Funding can be used to support the development of a project idea or to participate in activities that will help applicants further their careers as public artists. Professional development activities can range from residencies to apprenticeships, conferences, travel, study, skill development, and the creation of project models or prototypes, as long as the overall outcome is to advance the applicant’s public art career.
Early-Career Project Grant [2 grants, $8000 each]
These grants support the creation of a temporary or permanent public artwork anywhere in the state of Minnesota by an early-career Minnesota-based artist. Projects may be additionally supported by public or nonprofit agencies, or through in-kind sources, however, private commissions are not eligible.
NOTE: The project site must be secured by the application deadline (written documentation of site approval is required in the application).
Early-Career Research + Development Grant [4 grants, $2500 each]

These grants support early-career artists in public art related research and development or with the planning phase of freely accessible public art installation or activity in Minnesota. Activities could range from research to planning, community dialogues, site or budget development, or model building. R+D grants may be used for the development of proposals for other public or nonprofit agencies, however, they may not be used for private commissions.
Definitions, FAQ’s, grant writing tips, and more information is available at http://forecastpublicart.org/forecast/artist-services/grant-opportunities/
Forecast is also holding information sessions
Forecast Grants 101 
Learn about the grant options, eligibility, application requirements, and more.
WHEN: Thursday, September 14, 6-7pm &
Wednesday, September 20, 6-7pm
The ABCs of Site Permissions 
Learn what site permissions are and how to obtain them. With Mary Altman from the City of Minneapolis Public Art Program and Sarah Peters from NorthernLights.MN. [You must secure site permission in order to apply for the early career project grant. See below.]
WHEN: Tuesday, September 7, 6-7pm
Please share widely with Minnesota based artists, or consider applying yourself. Questions? Email jenk@forecastpublicart.org
The Mid-Career Professional Development Grants are made available with funding from the McKnight Foundation. The Early-Career Project Grants and Early-Career Research and Development Grants are made available with funding from the Jerome Foundation.

American Composers Forum Emerging Composer Award

Nominations invited for the Minnesota Emerging Composer Award (MECA)

Deadline: Monday, August 21 at 4:30pm CDT

As a complement to our long-running Jerome Fund for New Music, ACF is seeking to expand their reach by identifying and supporting artists who typically operate outside their known circles. Through a $3000 project grant, MECA supports individuals working in a variety of non-commercial genres, including electronic, improvised, jazz, experimental, traditional, and world musics. The nomination process is simple: use the links on the program page to point them to a variety of work samples and background information on the artist, along with your endorsement. They will take it from there.

Nominate a Deserving Artist Here