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Artist Quick Start Grant

Grants to Minnesota Individual Artists for
Professional and Creative Development Activities

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Lake Region Arts Council (LRAC)

Deadline Date:

08/06/20 5:00 PM - For artistic projects starting four weeks after the grant review date.


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Grants of $750 to Minnesota individual artists in eligible counties for professional and creative development activities. Funding may be used for supplies, equipment, creative time and travel, production or presentation, and training. Eligible applicants are located in the counties of Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, and Wilkin.

Applicants may request AQS grant funding for a large variety of projects:

  • Training: Fees and expenses to attend a workshop or master class or direct payment to work one on one with a professional in your field. 
  • Production or Presentation: Expenses for your visual art show preparations, portfolio production, music production, video production, editorial assistance, development of promotional brochure, online and social media promotion, etc. 
  • Supplies: Supplies and materials for the completion or production of new work. 
  • Equipment: Specific equipment that would be needed to create your new work. Arts-related computer software is eligible.
  • Services: Fees related to venue, site or equipment rental, or other services provided by other professionals or services to accomplish your new work.
  • Creative Time and Travel: Expenses for time to create new work and/or travel to study or create new work. The current IRS business rate will be used to calculate mileage and meal per diem. You will set an hourly rate for your creative time and the number of hours to create the new work. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 163527

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The Artist Quick Start (AQS) Grant is $750.

Term of Contract:

Recipients may not spend any grant expenses until six weeks after the AQS Grant Review date. Recipients will select a specific start date for their projects that is after October 17, 2020. Recipients have 12 months to complete their AQS grant projects.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who may apply: Individuals in the LRAC nine-county region, open to all disciplines; literary, music, performance, and visual arts.

Eligibility Criteria:
- You are a practicing artist, dancer, singer, musician, actor, performer, etc. or any other art form
- You have lived in the LRAC nine-county region for at least six months (Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, and Wilkin counties) Residency is determined by voting location, payment of Minnesota state income taxes, possession of a valid Minnesota driver’s license or current utility bill.
- You are 18 years or older
- You are a United States citizen or you have permanent resident alien status
- You are submitting your complete and accurate application online with all required supporting documents and work samples
- You have not received an LRAC Artist Quick Start Grant within the last 12 months
- You have not received an LRAC Career Development Grant within the last 3 years
- You have not received an LRAC Fellowship Grant within the last 5 years
- You do not have an outstanding final report due to LRAC that is past the due date
- You are not an LRAC employee, LRAC independent contract, LRAC Board member, or a family member of any of these positions (Family members are defined as spouse, domestic partner, child, or spouse of a child.)

If you are unsure about your eligibility as an applicant, please contact the LRAC office.

- AQS grant will not pay for tuition or materials for college or university credit or for classes required for teaching licensure.
- AQS grant will not pay for the continuation of past work; creating the same concept over and over unless there is a new focus or audience.
- Computer hardware is not eligible unless a strong case can be made that it is vital to the artist’s development.
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Pre-Application Information:

- Grant Round Start Date: Monday, July 1, 2020
- Application Deadline: 5:00 pm, Thursday, August 6, 2020 - For artistic projects starting four weeks after the grant review date.
- Applicants are notified of funding decisions within two weeks after the grant review.

First-time applicants are especially encouraged to contact the LRAC office prior to starting an application after first reviewing the guidelines and application instructions. Contact Betsy Ostenson to set up an appointment in person or by phone. If you are a first-time applicant, you are encouraged to watch the LRAC grant training webinars.

If you need assistance with the computer skills portion of the application process, please contact the office to set up an appointment.

A check for 80% of the grant award will be sent to the grantee within 30 days after the signed W-9 form, Grant Contract, and Request for Payment are completed in the LRAC Foundant online grant system. The grantee may claim the remaining 20% of the grant award after submitting an approved Final report, budget and supporting documents within 30 days of the project’s completion date In the case of a grant for travel and living expenses to create artwork, the applicant will receive an initial payment of 50% of the grant. The final 50%will be paid upon submission of the final report and documentation of artwork.

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

Apply online:

For questions about eligibility, grant programs, and technical support for applications, contact:
Betsy Ostenson, Grants Manager
LARC Office
Phone 218-739-5780
Toll-Free 800-262-2787 (MN)

Lake Region Arts Council
133 South Mill Street
Fergus Falls, MN 56537

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USA: Minnesota: Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, and Wilkin Counties

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