Quick Tips for Individuals

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council has several grant categories for adult artists in our region.  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 college 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 Grants for Projects 

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.

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 25% cash match.

What about students?  

Due to low numbers of applications in the last few years, we no longer offer our student training grants.  However, if a group of students are attending a camp in Minnesota, the Arts Council is open to requests to give funds to the camp to offer scholarships to the youth in our area.  Please send a letter to the Arts Council for them to consider a scholarship location.

FMI contact mara@nwrdc.org

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