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Career Development (CD) Grant

Grants to Minnesota Artists for
Professional Development Activities

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Lake Region Arts Council (LRAC)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

04/07/20 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $1,200 to Minnesota artists in eligible regions for professional development activities. Funding is intended for services, supplies, equipment, training programs, and the production or presentation of original works. The program is open to all disciplines, including literary, music, performance, and visual arts. Artists must reside in the LRAC nine county region, which includes Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, and Wilkin counties.

Eligible 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. A price list is required if your supply request is $500 or more.
  • Equipment: specific equipment that would be needed to create your new work. Arts related computer software is eligible. Computer hardware is not eligible unless a strong case can be made that it is vital to the artist’s development. If your equipment is $500 or more per item, you will provide two quotes for that item along with an explanation for your quote selection.
  • 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. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177790

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

The grant request is up to $1,200.

Term of Contract:

You may not spend any grant expenses until six weeks after the CD Grant Review date. You will select a specific start date for your project that is after May 30, 2020.

You have 12 months to complete your CD grant project. You may take less time but not more time without approval from the LRAC Board. You will select a specific end date for your project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for funding, the LRAC grant applicant must:

-Be a practicing artist, dancer, singer, musician, actor, performer, etc. or any other art form
-Be a resident of the LRAC region for a minimum of 6 months. Residency is determined by voting location, payment of Minnesota state income taxes, possession of a valid Minnesota driver’s license., or current utility bill.
-Be at least 18 years of age.
-Be a United States citizen or have permanent resident alien status.

Applicants are not eligible for funding who:

-Have received an LRAC Artist Quick Start grant within the previous 12 months.
-Have received an LRAC Career Development grant within the previous 3 years.
-Have received an LRAC Fellowship grant within the previous 5 years.
-Have an outstanding inal report due to the LRAC.
-Are a LRAC Board Directors, LRAC employees, or an independent contractor for LRAC or family members of LRAC Board, employees or independent contractors. Family members are de ined as spouse, domestic parent, parent, child or spouse of a child.

For ineligible requests, see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grant Writing Webinar: Thursday*, February 13, 2020, 6:00 pm

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Schedule:

Grant Round Start Date: Monday, February 3, 2020
Grant Writing Webinar: Thursday*, February 13, 2020, 6:00 pm
Application Deadline: 5:00 pm*, Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Grant Review: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

For artistic projects starting four weeks* after the grant review date.

All applications submitted on the deadline date are not eligible for revisions and no corrections or changes are permitted to the application.

Applicants are notified of funding decisions within two weeks after the grant review.

Contact Information:

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

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

Phone: 218‐739‐5780
Toll Free: 800‐262‐2787 (MN)

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

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