Quick Tips for Individuals

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council has several grant categories for adult artists in our region.  We have one grant category for high school artists as well.  When we say artist we mean musicians, actors, dancers, writers, painters, photographers, and the list goes on and on.  Although it does not include everything.  We use the National Endowment for the Arts guidelines in determining what constitutes arts.

Also, you absolutely must reside in our service region in northwestern Minnesota.   In the case of 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.

All application forms and guidelines are available by emailing mara@nwrdc.org and on our current grants page.   Read the descriptions below to see which category may work best.

McKnight/NWMAC Individual Artist Fellowship and Project 

Fellowship and 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.  Fellowships are awarded annually with $1,500 going to four individuals and $5,000 going to three individuals.  Support for our Fellowship program comes from The McKnight Foundation.  The deadline is October 15th annually for fellowship applicants and January 15th annually for artist project applicants.

McKnight/NWMAC Quick Turn Around Grants for Adult Artists

This grant has a primary purpose of helping artists secure a small amount of funds to attend a training or to purchase some equipment (that is used over and over again) that has proven essential to their professional advancement.  We understand that opportunities come up quickly and this grant should help artists get quick access to funds.

Grants are for up to $500.00.  They are awarded on a first come, first served quarterly basis.

We will also be providing leadership training experiences in our region for interested individuals.  Sign up for our e-newsletter for updates and opportunties for fun training and networking with other artists!

Arts Legacy Grants

Some projects for individuals work well as Arts Legacy Grants these include projects that have a very strong community focus.  Examples include cooperative groups of artists that have retail location or an artist focusing on offering workshops to community members.  Arts Legacy Grants have deadlines throughout the year almost monthly and can be for up to $10,000 with a 10% cash match.

Student Artist Training Grants

High school students interested in learning more about their artform can apply for $500.00 to receive training in Minnesota and some limit outside Minnesota training.  Summer camps in the arts work well for this grant.  There is no deadline.    The grants are awarded on a first come, first served quarterly basis.

FMI contact mara@nwrdc.org

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