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Grants to Minnesota Artists for Arts Projects and Opportunities that Support Career Growth

Artist Access Grant for Individuals


Agency
Foundation

GrantWatch ID#
184659

Funding Source
ARROWHEAD REGIONAL ARTS COUNCIL
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Geographic Focus
USA: Minnesota: Artists residing in Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, or St. Louis County; or of the four Tribal Nations within the region, including Bois Forte, Fond du Lac, Grand Portage, or Leech Lake (within Itasca County)

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/18/24 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $1,000 to Minnesota artists in eligible locations for arts projects and opportunities. Funding is intended to support career growth. Proposals will be evaluated based on the impact on the artist's career, artistic vision, and the artist's ability to carry out the project. Funds may be used for art supplies, educational opportunities, and other expenses that support the artist's artistic endeavor. Requests will be accepted from artists in Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, or St. Louis County; or of the four Tribal Nations within the Council's region, including Bois Forte, Fond du Lac, Grand Portage, or Leech Lake (within Itasca County).

Artist Access funding is designed to allow artists to carry out a well-planned project that will allow them to grow as an artist or to take advantage of an impending opportunity. 

The following may be funded by this program:

  • Art supplies such as canvas, paints, fabrics, clay, etc.
  • Educational opportunities that advance the applicant's creative practice or career.
  • Labor such as services of other artists, babysitters, or paid time off from work to create art.
  • Equipment or technology purchases are allowed but must be integral to the artistic project proposed and must be less than 25% of the total request.

Qualified applicants should apply regardless of their race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, national origin, status as a documented alien, or status as a qualified individual with a disability or protected veteran. Individuals who are Black, Indigenous, People of Color, People with Disabilities, and/or Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual/Agender, Two-Spirit (LGBTQIA2+) are encouraged to apply.



Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
The Artist Access program provides funding to artists who have never received a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. To be eligible to apply for this program, you must be:
- At least eighteen years old and not enrolled in an arts-related degree program.
- A U.S. citizen, or have permanent resident status.
- Have permanent residence (taxes / voting) in Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, or St. Louis County or of the four Tribal Nations within the region: Bois Forte, Fond du Lac, Grand Portage, or Leech Lake (within Itasca County) for at least six months.
- A resident of the region for the duration of the project.
- Have no outstanding or overdue final reports from past funding.

Ineligible
Not funded:
- A project where you are also applying to MN State Arts Board and have received or may receive funding from them. If you have previously applied to MSAB and did not receive the funds, you may apply here if the other qualifications are met.
- A project that won’t begin for more than six months.
- Equipment more than 25% of the total request amount.
- The project attempts to influence any state or federal legislation.
- The request includes making improvements to the applicant’s private property.
- The project requires excessive entry, exhibition, or tuition fees or work toward a degree.
- The project primarily involves developing school curriculum plans or teaching materials.
- The project promotes religious socialization including proselytization.
- The project was once supported by state general fund appropriations.
- The activity involves out-of-state travel (except for Professional Development Small Grant).
- The project is designed for a private audience and is not open to the general public.
- The project is for capital improvement, construction, or purchase of property.
- The funds are requested for general operating support (except the Operating Support Grant).
- The funds are requested for a project that serves as a benefit, fundraiser, or donation.

Pre-Application Information
Key Dates:
- Open: January 5, 2024
- Deadline: Sunday, February 18, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.
- Project Start Date: May 1, 2024

Both artists and arts organizations may apply only once per grant round, and cannot receive
funding from the same grant program twice in a fiscal year.

FAQ:
https://aracouncil.org/faq

Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $1,000

Term of Contract
- Project Start Date: May 1, 2024

An approved project must begin within six months.

Contact Information
Apply online:
https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=aracouncil

For questions or to schedule an appointment for longer consultations, please contact:
Holly Hackett-Rich
grants@aracouncil.org or admin@aracouncil.org

Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
Ordean Building
424 West Superior Street, Suite 104
Duluth, MN 55802
(218)722-0952
info@aracouncil.org

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