Foundation / Corporation
Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC)
03/01/19 - For Regular Grants only; Arts Equipment for Schools Grants has a deadline of November 1.
Grants of up to $3,000 to Northwest Minnesota nonprofit organizations, schools, and government agencies to implement arts programming and events in Kittson, Norman, Polk, Red Lake, Pennington, Marshall, and Roseau Counties. This program supports activities in all artistic disciplines, including but not limited to theater, visual arts, film and video, architecture and design, dance, folk arts, music, literature, and multi-disciplinary. Funding is also available for organizational development.
The Arts Project Grants has two subcategories:
- Regular Grants
- Arts Equipment for Schools
Funds may be requested to initiate cultural activities, to supplement existing arts programming; or, to provide enrichment, education, or participatory development opportunities.
To be eligible for funding, a project must be for the creation and production of arts programs or projects which are for the development or enhancement of local or regional artists or arts organizations; or, the hosting of arts events by contracting for the services of another organization or individual to provide arts programming to the local or regional community.
The primary impact of the project must be within the boundaries of the region.
Types of Projects:
1) Productions or Exhibitions
- Costs directly related to the performance, publication, or exhibition of art are eligible expenses. Such costs may include artists’ fees, directly applicable administrative costs, costs of expendable materials, project-specific promotional costs, travel costs, and rental fees.
- Projects in which a variety of components are drawn together to compose a local or regional arts festival or fair may be funded for specific components of the event involving artists or promotional efforts. General operating support for festivals or fairs is not eligible.
- The focus for this type of project is on the creation of art or a performance or publication by artists in our region.
2) Sponsorship/Guest Artists
- Application may be made for contracting with a professional artist or arts group who does not regularly work for the applicant organization. Contracting may be made for the purpose of the artistic development of the applicant, or artists and arts resources in the community, and/or for the purpose of being presented with the applicant organization in a public performance. Organizations that host art events from outside their community are part of this category.
- The focus of this program is on the audience and access of that audience to a wide variety of professional artistic experiences which may be brought to a community.
General Sponsorship grants may be used for the following types of events:
- Performances by touring artists or arts organizations
- Assembled exhibitions on tour
- Film and video screening
- Public readings
- Lectures, demonstrations, master classes, seminars, or workshops
3) Organizational Development
- Administrative or Consultant Services
- Requesting funds for a managerial or consultant project for the purpose of improving existing programs or developing new programs is an eligible activity. This support is not for the continuation of on going managerial functions or regular staff costs. Most grants for administrative or consultant services will be granted on a one-time only basis. Services may include public relations, fiscal management, fund-raising, and other management activities.
- Production or Planning Services: Activities which support and/or assist the needs of arts organizations and artists, or the arts needs of the general community by being commonly administered or coordinated by one agency are eligible projects. This may include developing methods to increase public exposure to, and education of arts in the community. Most grants requested for a consultant to assist in the production or planning of arts services will be granted on a one-time basis.
- Funds may be requested for special arts publications such as exhibition catalogs, or visual arts and literary materials. Literary magazines and small press books are eligible for funding only after they have been published at least once. (Publication projects which are not part of an on-going series are eligible without the stipulation of previous publication.) Any publication which is distributed only to an organization’s membership is not eligible. Funds may be requested for editorial services, production costs, compensation for contributing writers and/or distribution.
5) Workshops, Classes, and Arts Awareness Projects
- Application may be made for funding activities or materials for classes, conferences or workshops, publications, films, exhibits, and other presentations of this nature.
Through majority vote, the Council will make a recommendation for full funding, partial funding, or no funding, based on the established criteria for:
- Artistic quality and merit of the project;
- Ability of the applicant to accomplish the project; and,
- Need or demand for the project.
The Council will give priority to organizations that charge a fee for sponsored events. The Council will give priority to applications which show evidence that attempts have been made to seek financial support from the community.
Project Eligibility for Arts Equipment for Schools:
- Applications may be made for the purchase of artistic equipment.
- Each school district or private school may apply for grants
- Requests must be for items which are generally adaptable, i.e. usable for more than one performance or display or training session.
GrantWatch ID#: 177076
Regular Grants: up to $3,000
Arts Equipment for Schools: Each school district or private school may apply for $1,000 - $3,000 grants.
The project must be completed within 24 months of the notification of the receipt of a grant.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply Online: https://www.grantinterface.com/northwestminnesotaartscouncil/Common/LogOn.aspx
Mara Lunde Hanel, Arts Council Director
Northwest Minnesota Arts Council
109 S. Minnesota St.
Warren, Mn. 56762-1428
USA: Minnesota: Kittson, Norman, Polk, Red Lake, Pennington, Marshall, and Roseau Counties