Quick Tips for School Districts and Schools

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council has several grant categories for school districts and private schools in our region.  Our region covers the Minnesota counties of Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau.  If your school is within one of these counties then you can apply!

All application forms and guidelines are available in our grants portal.  Click Login in the upper right corner of our website or request a pdf copy by emailing mara@nwrdc.org .   Read the descriptions below to see which category may work best.

Arts Legacy Grants: School Artist Residency

Starting in 2010, this special program for school districts has been available.  School districts may apply for one residencies in their schools on a first come, first served basis.   Music, dance, theater and writing residencies are funded at $2,100.  Visual and photography residencies are funded at $2,100 + $400 extra for supplies.  Artists come to the school for one week exposure to a core group of students.  It is highly recommended that schools work with artists who are on the juried roster by COMPAS or trained in our Teaching Artist Roster Program (TARP) Residency program.  The TARP roster link is in the main left navigation bar of our website.  Visit the COMPAS website here
to find more Teaching Artists.  Deadline is on-going as funds remain.

Arts Legacy Grants: Regular  

School Districts and schools can apply in our main Arts Legacy Grant category.  Schools have applied for a series of artist residencies in their school or a summer youth camp that features a group of residency artists.   Grants can be for up to $10,000 with a 10% cash match (25% match if you have sponsored the artist or group within the last three years).  Main deadlines are August 1, November 1, and March 1; then on-going 1st of the month deadlines as funds remain.

Arts Project Grants: Arts Equipment for Schools

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council offers schools the opportunity to apply for arts equipment grants.  Grants are up to $3,000.00 with a 25% cash match.  School districts have purchased light equipment, microphones, musical instruments, kilns, and display racks.  November 1st deadline.

Remember …

  • February 28 each year is our Art Exhibit entry deadline for high school visual artists.  Cash prizes!
  • Teachers can apply as individuals for grants to further their artistic training and development.  See our current grants page on our website for details.

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