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Professional Mid-Career Artist Grant and Artist Career Development Grant

Grants to Minnesota Individual Artists for
Creative Work and Professional Development

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Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council (PLRAC)

Deadline Date:

01/15/20 11:59 PM Receipt - For Professional Mid-Career Artist Grants

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Grants of $1,000 and grants of $3,000 to Minnesota individual artists to support creative works and career development activities. Funding is intended for artists within the disciplines of dance, media arts, literature, theater, music, visual art, and other media and disciplines. Eligible applicants must reside in Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, LeSueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, or Watonwan Counties.

The Professional Mid-Career Artist Grant (September 15th deadline): 

This grant provides mid-career and beyond artists with financial support that enables them to further their work and their contribution to their communities. It is intended to recognize, reward, and encourage outstanding individual artists in the region. Applicants are expected to demonstrate professional achievement in their disciplines. Professional mid-career and beyond artist defined: professional achievement includes, but is not limited to: juried exhibitions, performances, and publications. Eligible artists are beyond the “emerging” stage in their careers. They have proved to be deeply engaged in their art form and may be ready to take a new “leap” in their career. They are committed to being artists and to creating a body of work. This project grant 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. An artist may choose to take time for solitary work or reflection, engage in collaborative or community projects, embark on travel or research, or pursue other activity that contributes to their life as an artist. 

The Artist Career Development Grant (January 15th deadline):

This project grant provides financial support to developing artists committed to advancing their work and careers. Artists in their formative stages of development are eligible, as well as artists expanding their present work, advancing in skill, technique and/or moving in a new direction. This program provides artists with small but critical grants for specific projects that contribute directly to their growth and development as professionals. These are art projects that produce work that involves personal creative expression. 

Examples of projects that are likely to be funded are described in the following list. The list is not meant to be limiting or all-inclusive.

  1. Production and Presentation - Costs involved in visual art show preparations, portfolio production, studio time for producing a CD/DVD for a composer or musician, a DVD for a choreographer, editorial assistance for a writer, etc.
  2. Workshops, Training, Research or Mentorship – Registration fee, travel and other costs involved in attending a workshop in your field, advanced training or apprenticeship with a professional artist. Mentorship with another artist requires that you also submit their resume (showing background and expertise) and state what you hope to learn from them.
  3. Supplies and Equipment - Purchase of supplies, materials or equipment necessary for the completion or production of new work. (i.e. visual art: paint, brushes, canvas, matting and framing, etc.)
  4. Creative time and living expenses – “Creative time” may be listed if you need time off of work to create your artwork and living expenses for rent/utilities may also be part of the budget, but no more than 50% of the grant.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184014

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Professional Mid-Career Artist Grant: $3,000
- Artist Career Development Grant: $1,000

Term of Contract:

The artist grant period is one year. However, artists can conclude their project earlier if they spend all funds and have their concluding event.

Professional Mid-Career Artist Grant: The Earliest Starting Date is November 1, 2019.

Artist Career Development Grant: The Earliest Starting Date is March 1, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Professional Mid-Career Artist Grant:

The Mid-Career Artist Applicant must be 25 years of age, a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident alien status and must currently reside in and have been a resident of the nine county Prairie Lakes region for a minimum of twelve months prior to application; and do not intend to relocate outside the 9-county region during the year of the Artist project. Residency is determined by: voting location, payment of state income taxes or a valid Minnesota driver’s license listing a town in our region. You must upload your Minnesota driver’s license or other document to verify residency. A mid-career artist can apply every other year. The maximum number of Prairie Lakes’ Mid-Career Artist Grants of $3,000 an artist can receive is four.

Restrictions and Ineligible Artists:
http://www.plrac.org/Grants2020/Artist/2020_Artist_Grant_Guidelines.pdf#page=4

Artist Career Development Grant:

The Artist Career Development Applicant must be 18 years of age, a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident alien status and must currently reside in and have been a resident of the nine county Prairie Lakes region for a minimum of twelve months prior to application; and do not intend to relocate outside the 9-county region during the year of the grant project. Residency is determined by: voting location, payment of state income taxes or a valid Minnesota driver’s license listing a town in our region. You must upload your Minnesota driver’s license or other document to verify residency.

Restrictions and Ineligible Artists:
http://www.plrac.org/Grants2020/Artist/2020_Artist_Grant_Guidelines.pdf#page=5

Both Artist Grant Programs must follow these restrictions.
a. Artist Grantee must present one free event in the nine-county area that PLRAC covers.
b. Artists may not use the Artist Grant for the following purposes:
1. Costs for relocating the applicant’s legal address/residence outside the state of Minnesota.
2. Activities that are essentially for the religious socialization of the participants or audience.
3. Activities that attempt to influence any state or federal legislation or appropriating.
c. The Artist is responsible for complying with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, and ordinances in relation to the use of these funds. Failure to comply may result in termination or forfeiture of the grant.

Pre-Application Information:

The Professional Mid-Career Artist Grant has a deadline of September 15th each year.

The Artist Career Development Grant has a deadline of January 15th each year.

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM on the deadline date. Applications received after the deadlines are ineligible. There are no exceptions to this policy.

The Prairie Lakes staff is available to assist applicants in project development and answer questions about the grant application process. First time applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Prairie Lakes office to discuss the eligibility of their activity or project; and applicants in general are encouraged to contact the staff early in the planning process, usually 3 months before the deadline.

The Prairie Lakes staff will review the application and identify any concerns, upon request submitted via email to the office, at least two weeks before the application deadline. Staff assistance does not guarantee or imply that a grant request will be funded. The content and accuracy of an application are solely the responsibility of the applicant.

Applicant tutorial for the online grant system:
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Contact Information:

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

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Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council
105 22nd Avenue NE, Suite A
Waseca, MN 56093-2612

(507) 833-8721 / (800) 298-1254
plrac@hickorytech.net

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