Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Submitted
Warren, MN. Applications are open for arts grants to nonprofit arts organizations, communities, schools, individuals, and other nonprofit organizations. Applications are accepted in our service area of seven counties in Minnesota, including Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau counties.
Not-for-profit arts organizations can start applying for general operating funds. Applications must be submitted before September 1 of each year. The amount of grant they are eligible for is based on total expenditures over the past two full years and their arts programming history. These organizations will be able to add to this grant, as the year progresses, if they need additional funding. Funding sources for these grants come from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Funds, and Minnesota State General Allocation Funds.
All other non-profit and government organizations can apply for one art project at a time. Deadlines for grants are August 1 (which has been extended to September 1 this year), November 1, and March 1. Grants are between $500 and $10,000. The funding sources for these grants are the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Funds, and the Minnesota State General Allocation Funds.
Organizational arts activities funded by these two very significant grant opportunities include festivals, community theater projects, folk music entertainment, sponsorship of visual demonstrations, creative writing workshops, and many other quality-enhancing activities. lives of people in our communities.
Schools in our seven-county area can also apply now for an Artist Residency Grant of $2,600 plus an additional $400 if the residency needs supplies. Our list of teaching artists is a great resource for seeing artists available to teach in our area and is available on our website at www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org under the artists tab. Another resource for viewing artists available to enhance the program is COMPAS.
Schools can initially apply for residency. Then, depending on the remaining funding, you can apply for up to three additional spring and summer residences. Funding for residency activities comes from Minnesota’s Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.
Schools can also apply for art equipment for their school by November 1 each year. Grants are up to $3,000 with a 25% cash matching requirement. Funds for this School Art Equipment Grant Program come from the Minnesota State General Fund.
Individual artist grants have an October 1 deadline for $5,000 grants and a November 15 deadline for $1,500 and a rolling deadline for $500 fast-turning grants. These grants are awarded to performing artists, visual artists, media artists, and creative writers in our service area of seven Minnesota counties, including Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau.
Individuals must be out of high school and at least 18 years old to be eligible. College tuition is not an eligible expense. This is the primary category individuals use to support their artistic endeavor or advance their technical skills. This category is for non-amateur artists who earn a substantial annual income from their art. Grants are awarded annually with $1,500 going to four people and $5,000 going to four people. Support for this program comes from the McKnight Foundation.
Individuals must absolutely reside in our area (for one year prior) and remain living in our area for your entire grant year (2023). In the case of college students, your school or home mailing address must be in our area. You will need to show proof of residency, usually your driver’s license.
To learn more about these grant programs and begin an application, visit www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org. The grant application process is completely online and NWMAC Director Mara Hanel can walk you through the process of using the grant portal to get you used to it. Please contact her at [email protected] or call 218-745-8886.