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Folk Arts Apprenticeship Grant

Grants to Utah Folk and Traditional
Artists to Train Emerging Artists

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Utah Division of Arts and Museums (UA&M)

Deadline Date:

05/10/21 5:00 PM MST


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Grants of up to $3,000 to Utah master artists to train emerging artists in the traditional arts. This program supports qualifying emerging artists who wish to study with a traditional master artist of a Native, ethnic, rural, or occupational community. The master artist must demonstrate a commitment to passing on cultural knowledge with 1-2 selected apprentices of the same cultural community. Apprentice(s) and teacher should complete their application together.


  • Teacher and apprentice(s) must design a work plan for their project with a clearly articulated timeline, budget, and end product.
  • The proposed collaborative project can be conducted through short term intensive workshops or regularly scheduled classes over several weeks/months, not to exceed a six-month period.
  • People who receive funding must coordinate a site visit for documentation of the project with the Utah Division of Arts & Museums (UA&M) Folk Arts Specialist during the course of the project.
  • There must be a public presentation of the completed work after the conclusion of the project.

Many but not all art forms shared within a community, family, or small group may qualify for a Folk Arts grant. Considering art “folk” or “traditional” requires that skills, knowledge, and creative criteria are passed between members of a shared community, typically by recognized tradition bearers to younger generations. Traditional art forms are diverse, varying greatly in medium and method. Performing arts such as singing, dancing, and drumming may qualify, as can crafts like weaving, rawhide braiding, silversmithing, and woodcarving. If your arts practice is traditional and passed on to other members of your community through intensive experiential learning, it may be eligible. Resulting workshops, exhibitions, performances, or other funded presentations should demonstrably strengthen the cultural heritage of your community or geographic region and increase public awareness of folk and traditional arts in Utah.

Funds may be used for:

  • Master artist teaching fee.
  • In-state travel expenses (mileage) for participating artists.
  • Supplies, tools, and other materials directly related to the project (excluding purchased musical instruments, outfits, or costumes).
  • Space rental for teaching or performance purposes.
  • Other costs directly associated with the proposed project.
    • UA&M expects accommodations/considerations to be made concerning health and safety guidelines around safe social gatherings during COVID-19.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175021

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $3,000

Term of Contract:

Utah Division of Arts & Museums funds must be spent between June - December 2021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

A master artist may only receive one UA&M Folk Arts Grant per fiscal year. If the individual is associated with a group, the group may also be eligible to apply for other UA&M opportunities.

Not funded:
- Historical re-enactment projects
- Academic awards and/or work, including fellowships, scholarships, or tuition fees for student work; as well as in-school curriculum projects and/or projects that are part of a required course or curriculum
- Out-of-state travel. For the purposes of the Folk Arts Apprenticeship grant, an American Indian master artist of the same tribal affiliation as an applicant may be funded outside of Utah. The apprentice must be a permanent Utah resident. Contact the Folk Arts Manager before applying.
- Projects completed prior to June 1, 2021.

Pre-Application Information:

- Grant Opens: Wednesday, March 10, 2021
- Grant Closes: Monday, May 10, 2021 at 5:00 P.M. MST
- Virtual Meeting (for Video Applicants only): needs to be scheduled no later than April 26, 2021
- Panel Review: May 2021
- Funding Notification: June 2021
- Project Completion: before December 31, 2021
- Payment Disbursed: after contract has been processed
- Final Report Due: January 14, 2022

All applications must be completed and submitted online by Friday, May 10, 2021 at 5:00 P.M. MST. Creation of an account can take up to two days.

UA&M is allowing applicants the opportunity to submit their grant application one of two ways:
- Text Only Application - This means you will complete the entire application online in the grant portal and upload any related documentation to the application form.
- Video Application - This means you will respond to the majority of the application questions in the form of a video through a virtual meeting with our staff but you will still be required to upload a few files to the online application.

If you are planning to submit a video application for the apprenticeship grant you must contact Adrienne Decker, Folk Arts Manager no later than April 26, 2021 to schedule your virtual meeting.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Adrienne Decker, Folk Arts Manager

Laurel Cannon Alder, Grants Manager

Racquel Cornali, Grants Coordinator

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Utah

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