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Forecast 2020 Artist Grant Applications are open

Forecast 2020 Artist Grant Applications NOW OPEN!

Forecast is excited to accept grant applications from 
Minnesota-based individual early- and mid-career artists looking to
advance their work in public art. They seek to fund a diverse group of artists working in a range of public art practices and media. Forecast places particular emphasis on supporting and amplifying the artistic work of artists of color, female artists, LGBTQ artists, immigrant artists, artists from rural communities, and non-traditional public artists. 

Join them for an info session to learn more about the grants Forecast offers. Unable to attend in person? Check out their Artist Support page and watch this video with information on their grants, how they define public art, and tips for writing your application.

Early Career Artist Research + Development Grant

Grant Amount: $2,500 – 4 grants
Application Deadline: October 16, 2019
Grant-Funded Period: January 1, 2020 – November 30, 2020
Grant Intentions: This grant supports 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.

Early Career Artist Project Grant

Grant Amount: $8,000 – 2 grants
Application Deadline: October 16, 2019
Grant-Funded Period: January 1, 2020 – November 30, 2020
Grant Intentions: Early-Career Artist Project Grants support the creation of a temporary or permanent public artwork anywhere in the state of Minnesota by an emerging Minnesota-based artist.

Mid-career Professional Development Grant

Grant Amount: $5,000 – 2 grants
Application Deadline: October 16, 2019
Grant-Funded Period: January 1, 2020 – November 30, 2020
Grant Intentions: 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.

Mid-Career Project Grant

Grant Amount: $10,000 – 5 grants
Application Deadline: October 16, 2019
Grant-Funded Period: January 1, 2020 – November 30, 2020
Grant Intentions: Mid-Career Artist Project Grants support the creation of a temporary or permanent public artwork anywhere in the state of Minnesota by a mid-career Minnesota-based public artist.

*Please contact the Forecast Grants team if you need help submitting your application in English at grants@forecastpublicart.org or 651-641-1128 EXT 111.

Deadline to apply is October 16, 2019. Visit their website here for more information or to apply.

Minnesota State Arts Board Cultural Community Partnership grant application is September 13

Minnesota State Arts Board FY 2020 Cultural Community Partnership grant application deadline September 13, 2019

The FY 2020 Cultural Community Partnership grant program is now open for application. The FY 2020 Cultural Community Partnership Program Overview and Application Instructions are available on theArts Board Web site.

The Cultural Community Partnership grant program is designed to enhance the careers of individual artists of color and indigenous artists. Artists, at any stage in their careers, can apply for grants to help support collaborative projects. Applicants can collaborate on a project with another Minnesota artist of color or with a Minnesota nonprofit organization.

The proposed project must be designed to further the artist’s career or enhance the artist’s artistic abilities. Each project must include a community component that will draw visibility to the artist’s work. A public performance, exhibition, reading, open workshop, or demonstration that the public can attend, are some examples of possible community components.

The deadline to submit applications is Friday, September 13, 2019. All applications must be submitted and accepted before 4:30 p.m. on the day of the deadline.

Proposed projects must take place between March 1, 2020, and February 28, 2021.

Those considering a first time application are urged to review the program’s overview and application instructions, and speak with program officer Sherrie Fernandez-Williams prior to beginning an application. She can be reached at (651) 539-2672, toll-free at 
(800) 866-2787, or via e-mail at sherrie.fernandez-williams@arts.state.mn.us.

The Arts Board uses WebGrants, an online grants management system, for all applications. Registration is required of all applicants before beginning an application to any Arts Board program. It is only necessary to register once. To register, visit the Arts Board Web site. Scroll down the home page to WebGrants instructions and registration information. 

The Arts Board is offering a free online information session about the FY 2020 Cultural Community Partnership grant opportunity on Thursday, August 1, 2019, at 3:00 p.m.  
Learn more.

Upcoming Forecast Grant Deadlines

Four Public Art Grant Opportunities will open for applications on August 12, 2019!

Learn more and get prepared in advance by attending their info session:

Get all the the Grant information on

Thursday, July 11th from 6pm – 7pm

All My Relations Gallery

1414 E Franklin Ave.

Minneapolis, MN 55404

Please RSVP here.
NOTE: If you are applying to the Early-Career Project Grant or Mid-Career Project Grant you are required to upload/secure site permissions with your application (deadline October 16, 2019). Learn more about the in’s and out’s of securing site permissions at our info session featuring artists and city planners.

To learn about the ABC’s of Site Permission

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Forecast Public Art
2300 Myrtle Ave, Suite 160

St. Paul, MN 55114

Please RSVP here.

Future dates for info sessions and site permission workshops will be announced on their Grants page!

Key Dates:

Deadline to submit is October 16, 2019

Grant-Funded Period: January 1, 2020 – November 30, 2020  

GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

Mid-Career Project Grant*

Supports the creation of a new, publicly accessible, temporary or permanent artwork anywhere in the state of Minnesota by a Minnesota-based mid-career public artist

Mid-Career Professional Development Grant

Supports Minnesota-based mid-career artists seeking to expand or advance their careers in the field of public art, through a project idea or participation in career-enhancing activities

Early-Career Artist Project Grant*

Supports creation of a temporary or permanent public artwork anywhere in the state of Minnesota by an early-career Minnesota-based artist

Early-Career Artist Research & Development Grant

Supports 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
* require site permissions/approval – please attend Site Permissions workshop described above as possible
Any questions, please contact grants@forecastpublicart.org

This YouTube Video explains these upcoming grants.
The video covers detailed information about all four of Forecast’s grants, how they define public art, key dates for the 2019-2020 application season, and tips for writing your grant. Dates mentioned in the video will be updated soon.

Visit Forecast’s website for more information about these grants at https://forecastpublicart.org/artist-support-2/

Grant Info Session

The January 15 deadline for Individual Artist grants for $1,500 is coming soon!

Are you overwhelmed with the grant writing process and don’t even know how to begin?

We can help!

We offer workshops 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 ½ hour relates to the deadlines coming up.  The second ½ hour relates to the system and questions on grants management and reporting.  We offer webinars and a few in-person meetings at our office.  Don’t let your fear or inexperience with grants stop you from applying.  Let us know if you are interested by emailing mara@nwrdc.org or call 218-745-9111.

Upcoming grants workshop:

Monday, January 7 at 3:00 PM at our office.  

You Must RSVP! Let us know if you will attend. Have a conflict? Give Mara a call and she can assist you.

Individual Artist Grants Deadline January 15

START YOUR APPLICATION TODAY

NWMAC Individual Artist $1,500 GRANTS – DEADLINE JANUARY 15!

Individual artist grants are awarded to individuals in our region in performing, visual, media and creative writing arts.

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.

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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. There will be a grant writing workshop on Monday, January 7 at 3pm at our office in Warren to help you write this grant.

Submit by January 15, 2018 by 11:59 pm.

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 Individual Artist Grants 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.