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Grants to Minnesota Artists in Eligible Counties
for New Opportunities or Artistic Growth

Artist Access Grant

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Arrowhead Regional Arts Council (ARAC)

Deadline Date:

01/28/22 4:30 PM Online Receipt


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Grants of up to $1,000 to Minnesota artists in eligible counties to implement artistic projects. Funding is intended for well-planned projects that allow artists to take advantage of upcoming opportunities or support their artistic growth. Eligible applicants must be residents of one of the following counties: St. Louis, Koochiching, Lake, Itasca, Cook, Carlton, or Aitkin.

The Artist Access program provides funding to artists who have never received a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. Equipment or technology purchases are allowed but must be integral to the artistic project proposed.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184659

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $1,000

Term of Contract:

Earliest possible starting dates:
- October 1, 2021, following the July deadline
- April 1, 2022, following the January deadline

An approved project must begin within six months. For both deadlines, your project must be completed and grant funds spent by June 30, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to apply for this program, you must be at least eighteen years old, a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident status, and be a resident of Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, or St. Louis County for at least six months, and remain a Minnesota resident for the duration of the project.

Individuals enrolled in arts-related degree programs are ineligible to apply.

Projects ineligible for funding:
- The project attempts to influence any state or federal legislation
- The activity involves out-of-state travel
- The request includes making improvements to the applicant’s private property
- The project requires excessive entry or exhibition fees, includes tuition, fees, or work toward a degree
- The project primarily involves developing school curriculum plans or teaching materials
- The project is primarily intended to support teaching-related activities that will advance your teaching career
- The project promotes religious socialization
- The project was once supported by state general fund appropriations
- The funds are requested for a project that serves as a benefit or fundraiser

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadlines for FY22:
- For projects beginning October 1, 2021: Friday, July 30, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.
- For projects beginning April 1, 2022: Friday, January 28, 2022 at 4:30 p.m.

Applications open six weeks prior to the deadline.

Applications must be received into the online system by 4:30 p.m. on the deadline date. Applications received after this time are ineligible and will not be reviewed.

Applicants will be notified via email of the Board’s decision within fourteen days of the board grant review.

If you have any questions, or if you are a first-time applicant, you are encouraged to contact ARAC staff by email or telephone.

ARAC staff can review your grant application if you request that review two weeks or more before the grant deadline. Staff assistance in no way implies your grant request will be funded.

In a single ARAC fiscal year (July 1-June 30), individuals may receive one grant from each eligible program, as long as they are each for separate projects.

Projects seeking financial support from both ARAC and the Minnesota State Arts Board (MSAB) may do so only after consulting with ARAC staff.

How to Apply:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For questions:
218-722-0952, 800-569-8134

Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
Ordean Building
424 West Superior Street, Suite 104
Duluth, MN 55802

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Counties of Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, or St. Louis

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