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Individual Arts Partnership Grants

Grants to North Dakota and Minnesota Artists in Eligible
Counties for Professional Development Activities

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The Arts Partnership (TAP)

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Deadline Date:

02/01/21 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $2,500 to North Dakota and Minnesota artists in eligible counties for professional development activities. Funding is intended to support training, equipment, supplies, and facility rentals, as well as expenses incurred for performances and the creative process. Requests will be accepted from artists at any stage in their career who reside or work in Cass County, North Dakota, or Clay County, Minnesota.

The Arts Partnership (TAP) aims to help artists working in any arts discipline with outstanding talent and ability realize their artistic visions, improve their artistic skills and build sustainable careers. TAP does this through a range of programmatic opportunities, including paid opportunities to perform or to exhibit artwork, as well as grants. 
Individual Arts Partnership Grants support artists working in dance, literature, music, media, theater, traditional and folk arts and craft, or visual arts and who are at any career stage.
Eligible grant requests may include:
  •  Training – Costs to attend a workshop or master class to develop artistic, business or marketing skills.
  •  Creative Process, Production or Presentation – Costs involved in the preparation for and/or implementation of an exhibit, a performance, or a tangible artistic product, such as a book or record album.
  •  Supplies – For the creation or production of new work.
  •  Equipment – Purchase of specific equipment needed to further the artist’s career development.
  •  Services – Rental of facilities for the creation or presentation of new work, including studio or rehearsal space.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184108

Estimated Size of Grant:

The grants range from $500 to $2,500.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is for 12 months, beginning no earlier than March 1, 2021 and concluding by February 28, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible artists include artists working in dance, literature, music, media, theater, traditional and folk arts and craft, or visual arts and who are at any career stage.

Artists applying for a grant must:
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Have lived and/or worked in Cass County, ND or Clay County, MN for a minimum of 6 months. Note: If you do not currently live and/or work in Cass or Clay Counties, you must be a Primary Arts Partner in good standing.
- Submit a complete and accurate application online, including all supporting documents and work samples.

Artists applying for a grant may:
- Be part of an established, on-going collaborative group (usually working under a group name).
- Be proposing a one-time or short-term collaborative project with another artist or artists. Note: TAP defines “collaborator” as someone considered a co-owner/co-creator of the project, not someone who provides services on a “work for hire” basis.

Artists are not eligible to apply if they:
- Have received two Individual Arts Partnership or Jade Presents Arts Partnership grants in the past three years.
- Are an individual whose primary focus is not the creation of art.
- Are currently a full-time student in a degree-granting program or its equivalent.
- Are applying on behalf of a group of artists (i.e. acting ensemble, literary group, etc.), except for smaller musical groups or ensembles, such as a rock band or wind quartet, not large, established groups, such as an orchestra or concert band.
- Have an outstanding final report due to TAP from any previous grant round.
- Have not submitted a complete and accurate application providing all requested information.
- Are a current employee of TAP.

Please note: Individual members of a collaborative proposal may not apply separately as an individual artist in the same application round.

Proposed projects should be focused and/or based in the Metro area. However, those applying to pursue artistic opportunities in another city (for example, for an art exhibit or recording opportunity) should talk about how the opportunity will benefit their artistic practice beyond what they could experience in the Metro and how they will share that experience with the community.

Ineligible grant requests are:
- Projects whose main purpose is educational, such as development of curriculum plans, teaching materials or teaching programs, or tuition, fees or work toward any degree.
- Living or travel costs that are intended to provide experiences and not artistic growth, product and/or output.
- Payment of expenses incurred before the grant request is approved

Pre-proposal Conference:

Artists interested in applying must attend a mandatory virtual workshop to be held in January 2021 or will not be eligible to apply. The workshop will cover the basics for submitting your best application and is a good opportunity to ask for clarification about the guidelines.

Pre-application Workshop Dates:
- Thursday, January 7 from 8:15 – 8:45 am
- Wednesday, January 13 from 5:30 – 6:00 pm

Email Tania Blanich, Director of Operations at to receive an invitation to the relevant Zoom meeting.

If you cannot attend one of the mandatory sessions, but plan to submit a proposal, contact Tania and if at all possible, TAP will make other accommodations.

Pre-Application Information:

- The Winter 2021 application opens on Monday, December 14, 2020.
- Application Deadline: Monday, February 1, 2021 at 5 pm.

Additionally, TAP’s Director of Operations will provide feedback on a draft application up until one week prior to the application deadline.

Ineligible applicants will be notified within five business days of the application submission.

After the TAP Board has approved the grant recommendations made by the Grant Review Panel, applicants will receive an email notification regarding whether or not the application has been funded. Notification typically occurs within 30 days of the application deadline.

About the grants program:

Contact Information:

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

To apply online:

For questions, contact:
Tania Blanich, Director of Operations

The Arts Partnership
1104 2nd Ave. S, Suite 315
Fargo, ND 58103

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Clay County;   North Dakota: Cass County

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