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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.

FEB 01, 2016 Arts Organization Grant Deadline

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(Warren, MN)- Our third deadline this fiscal year is February 1, 2016 for our Arts Project Grants of up to $3,000.00 and our Arts Legacy Grants of up to $10,000.00.   These two applications primarily serve arts organizations.  They are also great place to apply for a public art project for your community.

We fund interesting projects that sponsor performing artists, visual artists, folk artists, fine art crafters, photography artists, and creative writing artists to enhance events in communities and in schools.  We use the National Endowment for the Arts discipline list to determine what is considered art.

Step one in applying is to Create a login >>>

If your organization is already in the system, you just need to have our office add you as a user to that organization.    Then you can click the login word above to login to the system.

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 February 1, 2016 by 11:59 pm.

Thank you to the State of Minnesota for providing our NW MN Arts Council with funding from both general allocation funding and Clean, Water, Land, and Legacy funding for these grant opportunities!

Award Results will be available following the grant review tentatively scheduled on February 18, 2016. Grants may not include costs incurred prior to the review.  The earliest starting date may be as late as April 1, 2016.

National Endowment for the Arts: Big Read Grant

310px-Book_CollageThe National Endowment for the Arts has a grant program available for communities through out the United States.  The Big Read program has partnered with Arts Midwest to help facilitate this process.

Application deadline is January 28, 2015.   The Big Read is accepting applications for grants between $2,500 and $20,000. 

So…what is the Big Read?  It’s a program designed to restore reading to the heart of America.  It provides competitive grants to support innovative reading programs and helps combat the rapidly declining number of literary reading happening through out all demographics in America.

Taken from the NEABigRead.org website:

Approximately 75 organizations in communities of varying sizes across the country will be selected to participate in The Big Read from September 2015 through June 2016.

Applicant organizations for The Big Read must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit; a division of state, local, or tribal government; or a tax-exempt public library. Eligible applicants include organizations such as literary centers, libraries, museums, colleges and universities, art centers, historical societies, arts councils, tribal governments, humanities councils, literary festivals, and arts organizations. Note: K–12 schools, school districts, boards of education, or other school governing bodies, whether public or private, are not eligible applicants, but may partner with eligible applicants.

The Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. These programs include activities such as author readings, book discussions, art exhibits, lectures, film series, music or dance events, theatrical performances, panel discussions, and other events and activities related to the community’s chosen book or poet. Activities focus on one book or poet from The Big Read catalogue.

Find out more by clicking on this link!  Good Luck!