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Grants to Minnesota Individual Artists for Professional and Creative Development Activities


Geographic Focus

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

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Artist Quick Start Grant

Lake Region Arts Council (LRAC)

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #163527

Grant Description

Grants of $1,000 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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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

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.

Pre-Application Information:

- Application Available: Monday, July 4, 2022
- Instructional Videos for Grant Writing: Available online to view after June 17, 2022
- Application Deadline: Thursday, August 4, 2022 at 5:00 pm
- Grant Review: LRAC Board Meeting, Tuesday, September 20, 2022
- Grant Project Start Date: Project Start Date must be after October 18, 2022

First-time applicants are especially encouraged to contact the LRAC office prior to starting an application after first reviewing the guidelines and application instructions. If you are a first-time applicant, you are encouraged to watch the LRAC grant training webinars.

Additional Funding Information:

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Fixed $1,000 per applicant

Term of Contract:

- Project Start Date must be after October 18, 2022
- The AQS grant project must be completed within 12 months. Taking less time is permitted, but no more than 12 months may be planned without approval from the LRAC Board. The project must have a specific end date.

Contact Information:


Lake Region Arts Council
133 South Mill Street
Fergus Falls, MN 56537
Phone: 218.739.5780

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