Deadlines approaching; workshop to provide assistance in applying scheduled.

    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.

    Individual adult artists can apply for an Individual Artist Grant of up to $5,000. The once a year deadline to apply is October 15, 2018.          

    Performing artists, visual artists, media artists, creative writing artists are all welcome to apply. Grants are often for projects that include equipment and training needed to create a new body of work and then showcase that work to an audience.

    Time spent on the project is eligible for reimbursement. Only individuals who show serious commitment and earn part of their living from their art form are eligible to apply. This grant is not for hobby artists or those that are interested in trying a medium that they have not worked in before.   

    The Arts Legacy Grants is a main category for funding artistic activity within the seven-county service region. Non-profit organizations, school districts, and cities are some of the main applicants. 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. These grants have a cash match requirement and a maximum grant request of $10,000. The deadline is November 1, 2018 and again March 1, 2019. 

     Arts Project Grants are used primarily for small budget arts projects and the sponsorship of performances of touring companies and artists.  Local libraries and county fairs use this category. 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 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 school districts. Grants of $2,100.00 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 Teaching Artist Roster Program (TARP) artist from our roster or a COMPAS roster artist because they have been professionally trained in working in schools. We have five local artists on our TARP roster currently at and 12 more artists training this fall. Local artists who are sponsored need to provide lesson plans and show their professionalism in a classroom setting.

     To learn more about these grant programs and start an application visit             

    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 are offering two workshops -- Tuesday, September 25 at 4pm in Roseau and Monday, October 1 at 1 pm at our office -- for people who have questions related to our on-line system, grant applications, grant management once they get a grant, and final reporting. You must RSVP for our grant writing workshops since low attendance will cancel the location.

    Our Executive Director Mara Hanel covers all aspects of the grant process. You will find that it is really helpful to attend. The first half hour relates to the deadlines coming up and the second half hour relates to the system and questions on grants management and reporting. Don’t let your fear or inexperience with grants stop you from applying.

   You must RSVP. Email or call 218-745-9111.