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Coming Soon…Grant Deadlines!

$5,000 Individual Artist Grant Deadline October 15!

Arts Legacy, Arts Project, Arts Equipment for Schools Grants Deadline November 1!

Quick Turn Around Grants and Arts Legacy Residency Grants are ongoing!

Grant money is available from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council.  Grants are awarded to nonprofit arts organizations, communities, schools, individuals and other nonprofit organizations.  Applications are being accepted from our seven county Minnesota service area including Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau counties.

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McKnight/NWMAC Individual Artist Grants for Projects Individual adult artists can apply by October 15 for a NWMAC/McKnight Individual Artist Grant of $5,000.00 or if your project has a very strong community focus, you can apply for an Arts Legacy Grant of up to $10,000.00.  Performing artists, visual artists, media artists, creative writing artists are all welcome to apply.

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.

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The Arts Legacy Grants is a main category for funding artistic activity within the seven county service region.  Funding for the grants comes from the Minnesota State Legislature through the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.  A maximum of $10,000.00 can be requested.  Applicants must provide cash match and it is recommended that it be between 25% – 50% although some projects may be approved with as little as 10% cash match if they are innovative and fit a unique need.

Arts Project Grants are used primarily for small budget arts projects and the sponsorship of performances of touring companies and artists. These grants are a maximum of $3,000.00 with a required cash match.  This grant programs have substantially less reporting requirements than Legacy grants.

Applications funded through these two very important grant opportunities include festivals, community theatre projects, folk music entertainment, sponsorship of visual demonstrations, creative writing workshops and many other activities that improve the quality of life of people in our communities.  Arts Legacy grants and Arts Project grants have annual deadlines of August 1, November 1, and March 1 each year.  This November 1 deadline is the second round for these two categories.   

Arts Equipment for Schools Grants are considered a special category of our Arts Project Grant Program.  This grant allows schools to purchase artistic equipment for their art room, theater, band room, etc.  Equipment that is used solely for the pursuit of arts like a kiln or theater lights, or a band instrument has a better chance of being funded.  There is one annual deadline for this grant on November 1.  Grants of up to $3,000.00 are awarded with a 25% cash match requirement.

Also available on a first come-first served basis are Artist Residency Grants for are School Districts.  Grants of $2100.00 are awarded to sponsor artists working with children usually in a traditional weeklong residency but it can also be a different format that serves your school or summer program.  An extra $400.00 may be requested for art residencies that need supplies.  Schools are strongly urged to use a TARP or COMPAS roster artist because they have been professionally trained in working in schools. Local artists who are sponsored need to provide lesson plans and show their professionalism in a classroom setting.

The grant application process is completely online and NWMAC’s Executive Director Mara Hanel can help walk you through the process of using the grants portal to get accustomed to it.

We will be holding a grants info session and training on October 1 at 4 pm at our office in Warren. RSVP to Mara at director@NWArtsCouncil.org. Mara, our director, can answer any questions you have and lead you through the process.

Funding for these programs comes primarily from the Minnesota State Legislature.  The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is one of eleven regional arts councils in the state.  All eleven councils work together with their fiscal agent the Minnesota State Arts Board to provide arts services, staffing, and grants.  The McKnight Foundation is another funding source helping local arts councils promote and serve the arts community.

Grants Deadline August 1

Upcoming Grant Deadlines August 1  

Arts Legacy Grants — up to $10,000

Arts Project Grants: regular — up to $3,000 

Applications are open for Arts Project Grants and Arts Legacy Grants. Grants are awarded to nonprofit arts organizations, communities, schools, individuals and other nonprofit organizations.  Applications are being accepted from our seven county Minnesota service area including Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau counties. 

Arts Legacy Grants is a main category for funding artistic activity within the seven-county service region. Funding can be used for Arts Projects, Arts Equipment, General Support, Public Art Projects and Arts Events in northwest Minnesota. Arts Project Grants are used primarily for small budget arts projects and the sponsorship of performances of touring companies and artists. These grants are a maximum of $3,000.00 with a required cash match. Applications funded through these two very important grant opportunities include festivals, community theatre projects, folk music entertainment, sponsorship of visual demonstrations, creative writing workshops and many other activities that improve the quality of life of people in our communities. 

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 can help walk you through the process of using the grants portal to get accustomed to it. Please contact her for assistance or with any questions.

Aug 1 2015 Grant Deadline

Apply now for our August 1, 2015 deadline for two grant categories:  Arts Project Grants (up to $3,000) and our Arts Legacy Grants (up to $10,000).  These grants are mainly for non-profit arts organizations, local units of government, and other non-profit organizations.   Certain projects by individuals and school districts can qualify in our Arts Legacy category.

Applications are on-line.  If you haven’t already, you must register your organization (with your federal EIN) and yourself as a user to start the process.  Grant Forms Quick List page is your next stop to gather more information on how to apply.

Tip:  Make sure you “Save” often as you complete the application!  Button at the bottom of the form.

 

Arts Legacy Grants Applications Due March 1st!

Northwest Minnnesota Arts Council is announcing another round for Arts Legacy Grants.  Up to $10,000.00 can be awarded to qualifying groups and up to $2100.00 can be awarded to qualifying school districts for Artist Residency Programs.

Click here for an application!

Grants can be used for:

  • Arts Projects
  • Arts Equipment
  • General Support
  • Public Art Projects
  • Arts Events in northwest Minnessota

Arts Legacy Grants: Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund

Arts Organization should apply in our main Arts Legacy Grant category if they are requesting between $3,000 and $10,000 in grant funds.  This category is best suited for a series of projects and equipment expenditures that that arts organizations will need to make.  Grants are for up to $10,000 with a 10% cash match.  We encourage one larger grant rather than several small grants for arts organizations.

This is also the main category to fund public art projects within communities such as murals and sculpture.  There are many ideas for public art.  We have worked with Forecast Public Art to develop a toolkit related to conducting a Public art project in your community.

Click here for an application!

Arts Project Grants

This is the category for arts projects that would benefit from $500 – $3,000 in grant funds.  Some examples are a specific theatrical play or the sponsorship of a few folk artists to entertain at your festival.

Arts Legacy Grants: School Artist Residency

Starting in 2010, this special program for school districts has been available.  School districts may apply for up to two 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.  Here is a link to their website where the roster is locatedhttp://www.compas.org/arts-education/WAITS.

Arts Legacy Grants: Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund 

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 are for up to $10,000 with a 10% cash match.

Click here for an application!

Arts Project Grants: Equipment

If funds remain in the spring, the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council offers schools the opportunity to apply for arts equipment grants.  For example, in 2011, grants were awarded for up to $3,000.00 with a 25% cash match.  School districts purchased light equipment, microphones, musical instruments, kilns, and display racks.  Grant maximums and match requirements are announced in February, if this program is offered.  Normally, we hold a March 1st deadline.

Here is a quick link to the application process for the Arts Legacy Grant school residency app with tips page

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Grant Deadline Feb 1

 

 

 

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apply now imageFebruary 1 is a big deadline for our grants.  The two grants with deadlines are Arts Legacy Grants and Arts Project Grants.

Here are some quick links to help you access parts of our website and our current application forms for the deadline.

Arts Project Grant Application Form in Word

Arts Project Grant and General Guidelines

Grant Forms Quick List (this page includes the link to use to register your organization and your grant writer to complete an Arts Legacy Grant)

Soon we will have more of our applications available in our on-line system.

Arts Legacy Grant school residency app with tips page