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Individual Artist Grants

Grants to Minnesota Artists in Eligible Counties for
Professional Development and Project Support

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Funding Source:

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Five Wings Arts Council (FWAC)

Deadline Date:

Ongoing - Applications must be received by the first Friday of the month (except for July and December).


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Grants of up to $1,500 and grants of up to $2,500 to Minnesota artists and individuals (age 18 and up) living in Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd, or Wadena counties for professional development or project support.

Grants are available in two categories:

Professional Development Grants:
Grants up to $1,500 are available to individual artists for the purpose of taking advantage of art learning opportunities. Examples include, but are not limited to expenses related to workshops, seminars, private instruction/mentoring, conferences, etc.

Individual Artist Project Support Grants:
Grants up to $2,500 are available to artists to complete a project which will enhance their artistic careers. Creative time may be considered as a valid request in a Five Wings Arts Council grant application. For example artists may apply for funds to support the purchase of supplies, equipment, consultant time, their own creative time.

Applicants do not need to be an arts professional to apply, and do not need to have art as their primary form of livelihood. For example, a teacher who plays a musical instrument in a local orchestra may apply to participate in a workshop related to the instrument she plays. A retiree who expresses through writing, may seek funds to hire an editor to prepare a book for publication. A painter or photographer may apply to funds to frame their work for exhibition.

Funds may be used for a variety of activities designed to aid in public awareness of the artist’s work or projects that will aid in the progression to, and/or exploration of a new level in the artist’s artistic development and professional career. Projects may include but are not limited to:

- Purchase of supplies and materials necessary for the completion of a body of work scheduled for submission to publishers, performance or exhibition
- Rental of facilities for presentation of a new work, or other activities
- Costs involved in portfolio production
- Producing a demo tape for a composer/musician or a video for a choreographer
- Editorial assistance for a writer
- Purchase of specific equipment, which is vital to the artist’s career development.
- Experimental work in a new medium
- Time to research, complete or present work.
- Daycare costs if needed to allow the artist to devote their time to their project
- Participation fees and travel costs to attend workshops or conferences for artistic development
- Studying one-on-one with a mentor of significant recognition
- Costs to audit a college art course (funds may not be used for degree related activities)
- Documentation of work to use as a tool to enhance an artist’s career.
- Pursuit of projects that advance artistic development.
- Development of promotional brochure, and other marketing initiatives

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166472

Estimated Size of Grant:

Professional Development - up to $1,500
Project Support Grants - up to $2,500

Term of Contract:

Projects cannot begin before two weeks after the board review and decisions. The grant recipient must complete the project within 12 months of the start date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant must be:
- A U. S. citizen or have permanent resident alien status.
- A resident of Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd or Wadena County in central Minnesota (primary residence) for at least six months before submitting an application.
- At least eighteen years old on or before the application deadline.

Proof of Residency is required in questionable cases, and must be demonstrated by more than one of the following showing an eligible address:
- A valid Minnesota driver's license
- Certification of eligibility to vote
- Receipts for utilities and mortgage/rent

The FWAC Individual Artist Project Grant Program will not fund:
- Applicants with past due FWAC final (or other) reports.
- Applications that do not have an art focus or will not directly related to the enhancement of an artist’s career.
- Applications that support strictly commercial activities; projects intended for mass-market distribution or those that have profit as the primary motive.
- Work on scholarly manuscripts or standard journalism
- Costs associated with earning a degree (tuition, fees, materials, or programs). .
- Equipment requests not specifically tied to arts related needs.
- Continuation of past work is not eligible for a grant request. New dimensions and expressions of previous projects may be considered.
- Projects where funds are requested to account for deficits in projects or programs begun prior to the project earliest start date. In other words, payment of debts incurred before the grant activities begin or outside of the grant project scope of activity.
- Applications that are primarily educational projects within a school system.
- Applications where funds are to be used to match other FWAC grant applications.
- Primarily involves developing curriculum plans or teaching materials.
- Activities which are not open to the public. Projects must be inclusive and accessible in their process and/or final product, considering economic, geographic, and physical accessibility, as well as the cultural, racial, ethnic, age, and gender make-up of the community.
- Projects/activities that are essentially for the religious socialization of the participants or audience.
- Applications submitted for the purpose of regranting, lobbying or scholarships.
- Applicants that will not take responsibility for their publicity, media coverage, and public relations and that won’t provide timely promotion of the project throughout the FWACregion through use of the proper funding credit line and logo.
- FWAC Board Members are not eligible to apply for this program during their tenure on the Board.
- Activities involving any organization that employs the applicant.
- Any costs incurred prior to the official start date of the grant period.
- Literary translation of another artist’s work.
- Capital costs such as construction, property or rent.

Pre-Application Information:

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Tutorial on the online grant system:

Applicant workflow tutorial:

Applicants are encouraged to contact the FWAC office early in the planning process so the staff can provide assistance and to ensure that the applicant and the project are eligible for funding in the respective grant category.

Applicants are invited to have the FWAC grants coordinator review their draft applications. Please contact Grants Coordinator at least ten working days before your desired submission date to have the draft application reviewed.

Grant application deadlines: Ongoing. Applications must be received by the first Friday of the month, in order to be reviewed at that month's FWAC Board meeting, held the fourth Tuesday of each month (except for July and December, when the board doesn't meet.)

If you do not have access to a computer, you are invited to make an appointment to use a computer at the Five Wings Arts Council office, where the Five Wings staff can assist you with your application.

Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:

Vicki Chepulis, Grants & Program Coordinator

Mailing Address:
PO Box 118
121 4th St. NE
Staples, MN 56479

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Todd, Morrison, Wadena, Cass and Crow Wing Counties