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Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council (PLRAC)
01/15/19 11:59 PM Receipt - For Professional Mid-Career Artist Grants
Grants of $1,000 and grants of $3,000 to Minnesota individual artists to support creative works and career development activities. Applications are invited within the disciplines of dance, media arts, literature, theater, music, visual art, and other media and disciplines. Eligible applicants are located in Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, LeSueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, and Watonwan Counties.
The Artist Grant Guidelines are combined for both Artist Programs in this one document. They are Professional Mid-Career Artist Grant - $3,000 and Artist Career Development Grant - $1,000. These programs are made possible by funds provided by the McKnight Foundation under a program designed and administered by the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council (PLRAC).
1. 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. One Letter of Recommendation is required with this grant.
2. 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.
Artist and Performers Free Event Policy:
Visual Artists and Writers must present a free event to the public at the conclusion of their grant. Performers that receive an Artist grant must make one of their performances free of charge to the public. If a performer schedules a venue to perform in that requires a ticket price, then they will have to find a secondary location to perform in that is free; to fulfill the requirements of the Prairie Lakes Artist Grant.
GrantWatch ID#: 184014
-Professional Mid-Career Artist Grant: $3,000
-Artist Career Development Grant: $1,000
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: The Earliest Starting Date is November 1, 2018.
Career Development Grant: The Earliest Starting Date is March 1, 2019.
Professional Mid-Career Artist Grant:
The Mid-Career Artist 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 the region. If needed, the Prairie Lakes may contact you for this information. A mid-career artist can apply every other year. The maximum number of Prairie Lakes’ $3,000 artist grants is four.
If the artist also submits a proposal to the Minnesota State Arts Board, McKnight Foundation or other foundation for essentially the same project and budget and it is funded by both, Prairie Lakes will contact the artist, and may request that the individual choose between the two grants. Two grants cannot be received for essentially the same project and budget within the same year; this is referred to as double-dipping.
Mid-Career Artists Are Not Eligible If:
a. They have received a Fellowship directly from the National Endowment for the Arts, or major foundation (like Bush, Jerome or McKnight) within the last two years.
b. They have received an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board within the last two years.
c. They are a student enrolled full time in a degree granting program during the period of application or completion of the Mid-Career Artist Grant.
d. They are the recipient of an Artist Career Development grant of $1,000 during the same time period. An artist recipient must not have any outstanding reports due to Prairie Lakes.
The Mid-Career Artist project is not eligible if it includes any of the following activities or uses of funds:
1. Payment of debts incurred before the grant is approved by the Prairie Lakes board;
2. Living or travel costs which are intended solely to provide experiences and not artistic growth;
3. Activities involving any organization at which I am employed;
4. Tuition, fees or work toward any degree;
5. Development of curriculum plans, teaching materials, or teaching programs which are intended to be used in the regular course of my employment;
6. Establishing any type of arts organization;
7. Self-publishing with vanity press, or other agencies, etc.;
8. Strictly commercial activities, such as those intended for retail or mass-market distribution (i.e. limited edition prints, note cards, CD or DVD for musicians and performers, etc.;
9. Activities that are essentially for the religious socialization of the participants or audience;
10. Activities in primary or secondary level parochial schools; and
11. Activities that attempt to influence any state or federal legislation or appropriation.
Artist Career Development Grant:
Applicants 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 the region. Contact the Prairie Lakes office to clarify.
1. The $1,000 grant must support a specific career-developing project as opposed to unrestricted support.
2. Projects must be completed within twelve months of the starting date. Each artist is limited to one grant per two-year period, which means they can apply every other year. The maximum number of Prairie Lakes Artist Grants of $1,000 an artist can receive is five. Artists who have received five of these grants should consider applying for the Professional Mid-Career Artist Grant of $3,000.
3. Grant money cannot be used for payment of supplies or expenses incurred before March 1st.
4. No Fulltime students are eligible (enrolled in college, university, vocational school, high school, etc.); for the one-year period of this grant. However, part-time students taking two or less classes per semester or grading period may be eligible, and they need to printout their class schedule and submit it with their application. Part-time students also need to submit a copy of their driver’s license showing Minnesota residency in the 9-county area to be eligible.
5. Part-time and/or adjunct instructors at a university, college or vocational school are eligible. Fulltime faculty at these institutions are not eligible.
6. If the artist also submits a proposal to the Minnesota State Arts Board, McKnight Foundation or other foundation for essentially the same project and budget and it is funded by both, Prairie Lakes will contact the artist, and may request that the individual choose between the two grants. Two grants cannot be received for essentially the same project and budget within the same year; this is referred to as double- dipping.
7. Artists are not eligible for a $1,000 Artist Career Development grant if you have achieved distinctions in your artistic discipline such as:
a. Have a record of extensive accomplishment in your discipline (as listed on your resume).
b. Had a solo art exhibition in a major art gallery such as the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Walker Art Center, Weisman Art Museum, etc.
c. Received a grant directly from the National Endowment for the Arts or a major Foundation in the last two years.
d. Received an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board in the last two years.
e. Published a book by a major publisher.
f. Had music compositions funded by a foundation or commissioned by a group.
Projects are not eligible if they request grant money for:
a. Fulfillment of degree or course requirements for students.
b. Publishing, this is initiated solely by the applicant (i.e. vanity press).
c. Strictly commercial activities or projects intended for retail or mass-market distribution (i.e. limited
edition prints, note cards, copies of CD or DVDs for musicians and performers).
For both awards, 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.
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 p.m. 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.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council
105 22nd Avenue NE, Suite A
Waseca, MN 56093-2612
(507) 833-8721 / (800) 298-1254
USA: Minnesota: Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, LeSueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, and Watonwan Counties