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Grants to Minnesota Artists in Eligible Locations for Career Building Activities

Individual Artist Grant (IAG) Program


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Funding Source
Donald G Gardner Humanities Trust
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Geographic Focus
USA: Minnesota: Zip codes 55731 or 55796, the cities of Ely and Winton and surrounding area

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/27/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $1,000 to Minnesota artists in eligible locations for career development activities and opportunities. Funding is intended for a wide range of opportunities to significantly benefit the artists' careers. Grants are open to individuals whose primary residence is in zip codes 55731 or 55796, the cities of Ely and Winton and the surrounding area.

The goal of the Trust's Individual Artists Grant (IAG) program is to recognize and encourage developing and established Ely area artists with funding to take advantage of an impending, concrete opportunity or specific development activity. The project must represent a unique, concrete opportunity that will have significant impact on the artist's career. 

What Opportunities Does the Trust Fund?

The Individual Artist Grant may support a broad range of unique short-term opportunities that will have a significant impact on the artist's career. This list is intended to help applicants understand the purpose of the grant program and is NOT a complete list of eligible opportunities.

  • Studying one-on-one with a mentor of significant recognition (not related to any degree program).
  • Buying supplies or materials necessary to complete work scheduled for a gallery exhibition, performance, publication, etc.
  • Buying capital equipment necessary to complete work for a concrete opportunity but no more than 20% of the total grant request.
  • Working in collaboration with other artists.
  • Paying to have work prepared for display in an upcoming exhibition.
  • Renting equipment, instruments, or workspace for a unique performance opportunity. Renting studio space to complete work for a unique opportunity.
  • Contracting for professional services related to a specific opportunity.
  • Renting retail space to promote and sell artists' work in a community that lacks such venues.
  • Paying for travel associated with a concrete creative or career development opportunity. 
  • Attending a workshop that will increase the artist's technical skills.
  • Self-publishing to promote the artist's work.
  • Producing a compact disc, audio tape, or professional slides of the artist's work as a means to advance their career.
  • Marketing the artist.

Examples of Community Impact

Successful grant applications have included some of the following components:

  • Teaching art techniques or demonstrations in school classrooms
  • Sharing new techniques with local artists/arts groups
  • Mentoring young artists or small group art instruction
  • Demonstration or lecture at the Ely Public Library or other public venue
  • Arts display at the Ely Public Library
  • Community performance of new work/techniques

Community Impact must occur during the grant year.

Artistic Need and Impact

  • Applicant must demonstrate how this project will enhance their own development, or that of the audience it serves.
  • Project expands knowledge/appreciation of the fine art.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Who May Apply?
- Your primary residence must be in zip codes 55731 or 55796, the cities of Ely and Winton and surrounding area, for at least 6 months prior to the grant deadline.
- Your work must demonstrate a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment and excellence.
- You can not have an outstanding final report due to the Trust.
- You can not be currently enrolled as a student in a degree program and must be over 18 years old.

Trust board members may not apply for an Individual Artist Grant during the term(s) they serve on the Donald G. Gardner Humanities Trust board.

The Individual Artist Grant may not be used for any opportunity that:
- Is intended to support the completion of ongoing work
- Is intended to pay the artist applicant a stipend, salary, or compensation
- Occurs outside the stated time frame of the application deadline
- Involves any organizations at which you are employed
- Involves publishing by a vanity press (you may self-publish your work)
- Attempts to influence any state or federal legislation
- Involves capital costs (such as making improvements to your private property or establishing an endowment)
- Requires excessive entry or exhibition fees
- Includes tuition, fees, or work toward a degree
- Teaches or develops curriculum plans or teaching materials
- Is strictly a commercial venture intended to mass market your work or has profit as its primary motive
- Is primarily for the religious socialization of participants
- Is intended to pay debts incurred before the grant opportunity begins

Pre-Application Information
Key Dates
Begins: 9/6/2023
Ends: 9/27/2023

Board decisions and award contracts will be mailed 30 days after the application deadline. The Trust will make funds available within 4 weeks of receiving signed award contracts.

You may be awarded only one Individual Artist Grant in a given fiscal year.

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Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $1,000

Term of Contract
You must complete your grant opportunity within 11 months, or you will be required to return the remaining dollars. The Gardner Humanities Trust board may approve extensions for extenuating circumstances. Grant extensions must be submitted in writing to the board for approval.

Contact Information

Donald G. Gardner Humanities Trust
P.O. Box 720
Ely, Minnesota 55731

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