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Fellowship Grant

Fellowship to a Minnesota Artist in an Eligible
County to Foster Artistic Growth

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Lake Region Arts Council (LRAC) and McKnight Foundation

Deadline Date:

05/06/21 5:00 PM - For Literary or Performing Arts


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Fellowship of $5,000 to a Minnesota individual professional artist in an eligible county to recognize and support work in a range of artistic disciplines. The fellowship program is intended to help support, recognize, and reward deserving artists and to enable them to further their work and their contribution to their communities. Eligible artists are located in the West Central Minnesota counties of Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, and Wilkin. Fellowships will be awarded in literary or performing arts.

Among the qualities sought in a Fellow are:

  • Strong vision, creative energy, importance to a local culture, and perseverance.
  • A professional artist i.e. is someone working independently who can demonstrate that the creation of art is a primary endeavor.
  • Can exhibit and document prominent artistic achievement.

A Fellowship can support a broad range of study or activities, including exploration of new directions, continuation of work already in progress, or accomplishment of work not financially feasible otherwise. A Fellow may choose: 

  • To take time for solitary work or reflection,
  • Engage in collaborative or community projects,
  • Embark on travel or research, or
  • Pursue any other activity that contributes to their life as an artist.

Fellowship requests will be reviewed on the basis of the following three criteria.

  1. The artist’s past endeavors and current work as demonstrated by the applicant’s work samples created within the past five years.
  2. The impact the Fellowship may have on the applicant’s career and future directions.
  3. The difference the artist may make in the region as a result of the Fellowship.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163528

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Term of Contract:

- For Projects taking place after July 1, 2021
- Fellowship candidates propose a fellowship plan in only one art discipline that lasts up to twelve months from the date of award notification.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for funding, the grant applicant must:
1) Be a United States citizen or have permanent resident alien status.
2) Must currently reside in and have been a legal resident of the nine county LRAC region for a minimum of twelve months. Residency is determined by: voting location, a payment of state income taxes, possession of a valid Minnesota driver’s license, or a current utility bill.
3) Be at least 25 years of age at the time of the application deadline.
4) An artist may re-apply five years after completion of any previous LRAC Fellowship.
5) A Fellowship candidate must not have any outstanding reports due to the LRAC.

Applicants are not eligible for funding who are:
1) LRAC Board Directors or members of their immediate households during the Board Director’s tenure on the LRAC board.
2) A student enrolled full or part-time in a degree granting program during the period of the application or completion of the Fellowship.
3) Any of the restricted activity listed on the certification page of the application form.

The Lake Region Arts Council Fellowship Grant program will not fund:
A. Any activities involving any organization at which the applicant is employed.
B. Tuition, fees or work toward any degree.
C. Translation or editing of materials that is not a literary work of art or that is work of someone other than the applicant.
D. Development of curriculum plans, teaching materials, or teaching programs that are intended for use in the regular course of their employment.
E. Establishing any type of arts organization.
F. Activities in which artists are required to pay excessive entry or exhibition fees in order to exhibit or perform.
G. Payment of debts incurred before the grant activity is approved.
H. Activities that are essentially for the religious socialization of the participants or audience.
I. Activities in primary or secondary level parochial schools.
J. Activities that attempt to influence any state or federal legislation or appropriation.
K. Capital costs (such as improvements, construction, or property, costing more than $5,000) or endowment funds.
L. Strictly commercial activities, such as those intended for mass-market distribution.
M. Living or travel costs which are intended solely to provide experiences and not artistic growth.

Pre-proposal Conference:

If you are not sure where to begin, here are two webinars to check out:

Grant Writing for Individuals, General, Webinar
Learn the basics about where and how to apply for a grant:

Grants for Individuals, LRAC Region Specific, Webinar
Learn which LRAC grant might be the right one for you:

First-time applicants should plan to attend a grant writing workshop, held 5 weeks prior to the grant deadline. LRAC staff will explain the grant guidelines and application questions.

The grant writing workshops will be offered in person or live on line. After the grant writing workshop date, the grant writing webinar will be made available on the Tip Sheets and Webinars Page.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Round Start Date: Monday, March 15, 2021
Application Deadline: Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 5:00 PM
Grant Review: Tuesday, June 15, 2021

For the May 6, 2021 deadline, applications will be accepted from Literary and Performance Arts (dance, film, theatre, etc.)

LRAC welcomes your questions about eligibility, grant programs, and application support for grant applications. First-time applicants are especially encouraged to contact the LRAC office prior to starting an application, after first reviewing the guidelines and application instructions.

Begin the process early for the best application.

For grant application review process, see:

The Fellowship recipient will be notified by phone the day following the decision.
All other applicants will receive a letter within two weeks of the decision.

To view previous instructional webinars:


Tip Sheets and Webinars:

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Betsy Ostenson, Grant Manager
Phone: 218-739-5780
Toll Free: 800-262-2787 (MN)

Historic River Inn
133 South Mill Street
Fergus Falls, MN 56531

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