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McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship Applications Deadline is March 26

The 2021 McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship application cycle is now open. Go to “APPLY” to start the application process. The deadline for all submissions is Friday, March 26, 2021 at noon CT.

In 2020 the McKnight Foundation expanded the categories of fellowships so that there are now a total of fourteen available for mid-career and established Minnesota artists. More information about these fellowships and their particular deadlines is available at mcknight.org/artistfellowships. Please note that you may only apply in one category for any given fellowship award cycle. 

The McKnight Visual Arts Fellowship program recognizes and supports mid-career artists living and working in Minnesota who demonstrate a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and artistic excellence in the field of visual arts. This year a total of six $25,000 fellowships will be awarded. In addition, the Visual Artist fellows will have the opportunity to meet with six visiting national critics, to participate in a McKnight Discussion Series that features fellows and invited critics, and to use additional funds for individualized professional development activities.

The McKnight Fellowships for Visual Artists program has been administered by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design since 1981. The fellowship program rewards talented Minnesota visual artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit, who have created a substantial body of work over a period of time, and who are at a career stage beyond emerging.

Please contact Kerry Morgan, program director, at gallery@mcad.edu or 612.874.3667 for more information.

McKnight Artist Fellowship Community Values
Welcome to the McKnight Artist Fellowships community! The McKnight Foundation and the administering partners for the McKnight Artist Fellowships are committed to creating and supporting an artistic community in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. The community of the McKnight Artist Fellowships includes people who engage with the fellowships program whether as applicants, fellows, panelists, contractors, collaborators, fellowships administrators, and staff of the McKnight Foundation and partnering organizations. 

As a community, we commit to creating and maintaining relationships that are free from harm, prejudice, and harassment. Community members agree to communicate directly and transparently regarding issues of conduct that could negatively impact the well-being of participating members and organizations. In the case of an accusation, legal action, or conviction, the McKnight Foundation and its fellowship program partners may gather and assess relevant information. 

If deemed necessary, the McKnight Foundation and its fellowship program partners may take administrative action up to and including the recommendation of participation in reconciliation or restorative justice processes; disqualification of an application; the termination of a contract; and the recall and/or termination of a fellowship. 

This community will be what we make it and our aim is to collectively create an experience in which all artists and members of the McKnight Artist Fellowships community thrive. Read the full story.

About the McKnight Artist Fellowships Program

Founded on the belief that Minnesota thrives when its artists thrive, the McKnight Foundation’s arts program is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the country. Support for individual working Minnesota artists has been a cornerstone of the program since it began in 1981. The McKnight Artist Fellowships Program provides annual, unrestricted cash awards to outstanding mid-career Minnesota artists in fourteen different creative disciplines. Program partner organizations administer the fellowships and structure them to respond to the unique challenges of different disciplines. Currently the foundation contributes about $1.7 million per year to its statewide fellowships. 

About the McKnight Foundation

The McKnight Foundation, a Minnesota-based family foundation, advances a more just, creative, and abundant future where people and planet thrive. We are deeply committed to advancing climate solutions in the Midwest and building an equitable and inclusive Minnesota. We also support the arts in Minnesota, neuroscience, and international crop research. Established in 1953, the Foundation has approximately $2.2 billion in assets and grants about $90 million a year. 

Additional McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship Information

State Arts Board Creative Support for Individuals Grant Program — Applications open

Creative Support for Individuals Grant Program

Creative Support for Individuals is designed to help Minnesota artists and culture bearers adapt to changes in their working environment caused by the global pandemic. Grantees will be able to use funds to sustain their practice and stay relevant and connected to audiences, participants, students, or communities now and in the future. This grant program aims to help Minnesota artists and culture bearers maintain their visibility and financial sustainability by using their creativity and connections to community.

Program overview and application instructions

FY 2021 Program Overview and Application Instructions — All applicants should read this document thoroughly before beginning the online application.

Application deadline

Applicants may select either of the two deadlines for this program:

  • Friday, August 28, 2020, before 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, September 18, 2020, before 4:30 p.m.

There is no advantage to apply to the first versus the second deadline. The likelihood of being funded is the same for applications submitted by either deadline. 

When will funds be awarded?

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, starting as soon as possible after the deadline that they are received. The date funds are awarded will vary based on when the application is reviewed. The first round of awards will be approved at the October board meeting; grant contracts will be issued beginning in November 2020. Once awarded, grantees will have one year to use the funds. 

Who can apply?

Carefully review the eligibility requirements in the Overview document.

Grant range

Applicants may request between $2,000 – $6,000. No cash match is required.

Do you need assistance with the application process? Reach out to Mara at NWMAC at director@NWArtsCouncil.org or 218-745-8886. Don’t let your questions stand in the way of submitting an application.

Resources for applicants

Webinar
Applicants are encouraged to view this  informational webinar for additional information about the program.

If you have questions or need assistance

If you have questions about the content of the application form or narrative, please contact the program officer team:
CreativeSupport-Individuals@arts.state.mn.us
(651) 539-2670

If you have questions about the technical aspects of the application form, or questions about electronic submission, please contact:
Justine Pearson, WebGrants support
(651) 539-2663
Apply.Arts@state.mn.us
E-mail is preferred.

All staff can be reached toll-free at (800) 866-2787.

How to apply

Application method
All applicants are required to use the WebGrants system to apply and will submit all materials electronically. Registration is required of all applicants before beginning an application to any Arts Board program. It is only necessary to register once.

Two online tutorials are available to acquaint users with the WebGrants system:

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MN State Arts Board Folk and Traditional Arts Grant Deadline May 15

Minnesota State Arts Board FY 2021

Folk and Traditional Arts Grant Application

Deadline May 15, 2020


The FY 2021 Folk and Traditional Arts grant program is now open for application. The Folk and Traditional Arts program is designed to enrich Minnesota communities through folk and traditional art forms being passed on, documented, practiced and shared. Folk and traditional arts refer to artistic traditions that come from and are rooted in the cultural life of a community. Communities may share a common ethnicity, geographic or regional identity, occupation, language, or tribal affiliation. Folk and traditional arts are learned and passed on through community-based systems of observation and practice.


The deadline to submit applications is Friday, May 15, 2020. All applications must be submitted and accepted before 4:30 p.m. on the day of the deadline.


All applicants should first review the program overview and application instructions available on the Arts Board Web site. Additionally, first time applicants and those in need of support are encouraged to speak with program officer Rina Rossi. She can be reached at (651) 539-2661, toll-free at (800) 866-2787, or via e-mail at rina.rossi@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 will offer a free online information session about the FY 2021 Folk and Traditional Arts grant opportunity on Thursday, April 16, at 3:00 p.m. Learn more.

For accessibility inquiries and accommodations requests necessary to complete and submit an application, contact accessibility coordinator Natalie Kennedy at (651) 539-2666, toll-free at (800) 866-2787, or via e-mail at natalie.kennedy@arts.state.mn.us.

Individual Artist Grants Deadline March 15

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

Individual artist grants are awarded to individuals in our region in performing, visual, media and creative writing arts. We are strongly encouraging people of color to apply!

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 March 15, 2020 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.

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.