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Call for Artists & Photographers — Innovate Grant Applications Open

Call for Artists & Photographers – $550.00 Innovate Grants
Applications close 10 December 2020

Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions for the Fall 2020 Cycle. Innovate Grant awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition to receiving a grant award, winners will be featured and recognized on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists. For more information and to apply visit https://innovateartistgrants.org

Innovate Grant supports artists and photographers through quarterly grants. They’ve simplified the grant process, so that artists and photographers can focus on making their innovative work. The work should speak for itself and their application reflects that.

Visual Artists and Photographers 18 years and older, from all around the world, are eligible to apply. All media and genres are accepted. All applicants retain the right to the work they submit. Apply today at https://innovateartistgrants.org

Explore the work of past Innovate Grant recipients and read their interviews at https://innovateartistgrants.org

Minnesota State Arts Board New Grant programs for FY2021

The Minnesota State Arts Board announces new grant programs for FY 2021


The ways that Minnesotans can participate in the arts, and the ways that artists and arts organizations can create, present, and teach the arts, has changed drastically due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To help artists and arts organizations sustain core activities and adapt to a new environment, the Arts Board will redirect its grant making this year, to provide more flexible support. The Arts Board will continue to offer its current Operating Support program, and will also offer three new programs:

  • MN CARES Act grants can be used to support salaried staff positions, fees for contracted artists or other self-employed workers, and facilities costs.
  • Creative Support for Individuals grants will help artists and culture bearers to sustain their practices and stay connected to their audiences, participants, students, or communities.
  • Creative Support for Organizations grants will help arts organizations support core activities and stay connected to their audiences, participants, students, or communities now and in the future.

For Individual Artists:

  • Program Overview and Application Instructions:

· http://www.arts.state.mn.us/pubs/pubs/fy2021-csi-overview-instructions.pdf

  • Informational Webinar (vimeo link):

· https://vimeo.com/444666292

  • Contact information:

· Rina or Sherrie, CreativeSupport-Individuals@arts.state.mn.us,

(651) 539-2670

For Arts Organizations:
501(c)(3) or unincorporated group

  • Program Overview and Application Instructions:

· http://www.arts.state.mn.us/pubs/pubs/fy2021-cso-overview-instructions.pdf

  • Informational Webinar (vimeo link):

· https://vimeo.com/444663761

Contact: Rina or Natalie at

CreativeSupport-organizations@arts.state.mn.us, (651) 539-2671

There are some common misunderstandings about perceived requirements or restrictions with regard to Arts Board programs that they’d like to clear up.

Do we have to have a full time employee? No. Anyone contracted or employed, PT or FT, permanent or temporary, as long as they’re providing oversight, is sufficient.

If I have a regional arts council operating grant am I ineligible? No. This makes no difference to the State Arts Board.

Do I have to come up with half the cash? No. There is no cash match required at all.

If there are any assumed restrictions, please let the State Arts Board help clarify so that they can ensure these dollars make it everywhere they should!

Summaries of the new programs are available here. More specific details, applications materials, and application deadlines will be posted on their website soon. Their priority groups are applicants from Greater MN, applicants of color, applicants who are indigenous or native, and applicants with disabilities/exist to serve people with disabilities. This is a great time to apply!

ARTIST GRANTS FOR COVID-19 RELIEF

The NWMAC is currently awarding Quick Turn Around grants for COVID-19-related relief for artists in northwest Minnesota. These grants are for $500 for missed gigs and income due to the pandemic. Use the Quick Turn Around application in the Individual Artist grants. 

Who is eligible? Performing artists, writers, media artists, fine craft artists, and visual artists can apply if they are a permanent resident of our seven county service area of Northwest Minnesota.

Please contact us with any questions at 218-745-9111 or director@nwartscouncil.org.

Minnesota State Arts Board Webinar to Assist Application for Arts Learning Grant

Arts Learning Webinar     The Minnesota State Arts Board is offering a free one-hour Webinar to help applicants prepare to apply for the FY 2021 Arts Learning grant program. This session will be particularly helpful for first-time applicants. Program officer Natalie Kennedy will walk through the program overview and instructions, and provide background information about what the review panel looks for in an application. At the end of the session, there will be an opportunity to submit questions online. The session is offered as a conference call with an option to view a PowerPoint presentation online. The presenter will be located in an office that cannot accommodate visitors, so please note that it isn’t possible to attend the session in person. To make the session more useful, read the overview and application instructions in advance and print out a copy for your reference. This document can be found on the Arts Learning program page.

Session date Thursday, January 9, 3:00 p.m.
If you are unable to attend, but would like to view the PowerPoint used in the Webinar, it will be posted on the Arts Board Web site following the session.
To register
The Webinar is free of charge, but advance registration is strongly encouraged. Register here.
To join the session On the day of the session, you must listen to the audio portion by phone, with the option of viewing a PowerPoint presentation online. The following browsers are recommended: Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. The presentation starts promptly at 3:00 p.m. Please plan to join the session five minutes early. Dial into the telephone portion to hear the audio.Call the conference host at (800) 920-7487.Enter the conference code: 8443 522 #When prompted, say your name.
Log into the Web portion to view the PowerPoint presentation: 
https://www.anywhereconference.com
Select I’m a participant.
Enter your name.
Enter Web Login 415420830
Enter Participant PIN Code 8443522
Select Sign in.

Individual Artists Grants 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.

Submit by January 15, 2019 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.