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Fellowships to USA Individuals in Multiple States
to Address Issues Affecting Rural Communities

Rural Regenerator Fellowship

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Springboard for the Arts

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Deadline Date:

06/07/22 11:59 PM


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Fellowships to Illinois, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin individuals to strengthen rural areas. The fellowship includes financial support as well as learning, exchange, and problem-solving to address issues affecting rural communities. Eligible applicants are those in communities with under 50,000 residents. Fellows participate in two years of peer learning and exchange, receive ongoing support for their community work through 1:1 coaching and technical assistance, and receive an unrestricted $10,000 stipend.

The Rural Regenerator Fellowship brings together individual artists, makers, and culture bearers, grassroots organizers, community development workers, public sector workers and other rural changemakers who are committed to advancing the role of art, culture and creativity in rural development and community building. 

Fellows will be selected based on their demonstrated commitment and passion for rural art, culture and creativity, their interest in exchanging ideas and learning with other Fellows, and their vision and ideas for the future of rural places. People who are Black, Indigenous, Native, People of Color, LGBTQIA+, and/or people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply, and will be prioritized in the selection process.

Fellowship Details:

The Fellowship is a two-year commitment. The average monthly time commitment is roughly 4 hours, plus two 4-day retreats in year 1, and one 2-4 day site exchange with another Fellow (visiting each other’s community to learn more deeply about each other's work) in year two.

Year 1 activities (October 2022 - September 2023)

  • Two required in-person retreats in the Fergus Falls, MN area, in October 2022 and April 2023 (full travel support provided)
  • Monthly virtual meetups
  • Monthly 1:1 coaching and free artist career consultations
  • PR/Media support and other technical assistance
  • Opportunities for artist talks, thought partnership and engagement with Springboard’s Creative Economy Fellowship and other programs.

Year 2 activities (October 2023 - September 2024) 

  • Site exchange with another cohort member (flexible timing, travel support provided)
  • Support to attend and present at the Rural Arts and Culture Summit in Fall 2023 (date and location TBD)
  • Optional 1 – 2 week solo residency in Fergus Falls for time for reflection, research, creative work, and/or project prototyping.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 195557

Number of Grants:

8-10 Fellows will be selected

Estimated Size of Grant:

Fellows participate in peer learning and exchange, receive ongoing support for their community work through 1:1 coaching and technical assistance, and receive an unrestricted $10,000 stipend.

Term of Contract:

The Fellowship is a two-year commitment.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Only individuals may apply. Organizations, collectives or other entities are not eligible.
- Applicants must be at least 21 years of age.
- Applicants must live, work or have a strong connection to a rural community in Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois and the Native Nations that share those geographies.
- While “rural” has a broad definition and that people have multi-centered relationships with place, only applicants that currently live or work or demonstrate a strong connection to communities of 50,000 people or fewer.
- Not be a current Creative Economy or Rural Regenerator Fellow (2021 - 22 cohorts). Participation in other Springboard programs, including CCLI, is ok.
- Not be an employee or board member of Springboard for the Arts (independent contractors, including current Artist Career Consultants, are eligible to apply)
- Not be an immediate family member of Springboard staff or board members

Pre-proposal Conference:

This info session is designed to answer your questions about eligibility, applications, process, and more.

Date: Friday, May 6, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00 pm CST
Online Platform: Zoom webinar
Presenter: Springboard for the Arts Staff
Tuition: Free.

More information and to register:

Pre-Application Information:

2022 – 2024 Fellowship Timeline
- Monday, April 11, 2022 – Applications Open
- Friday, May 6, 2022 - Virtual info session (12 - 1pm CST)
- Tuesday, June 7, 2022– Applications Due at 11:59pm
- August 4 - 8, 2022 – Applicants notified of status
- October 2022 – Retreat #1 near Fergus Falls, MN
- April 2023 – Retreat # 2 near Fergus Falls, MN
- Fall 2023 - Rural Arts and Culture Summit in Minnesota
- October 2023 - September 2023 - Site exchanges and residency

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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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Direct questions to:
Molly Johnston, Rural Program Manager

Springboard for the Arts
262 University Ave West
Saint Paul, MN 55103

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois;   Iowa;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   North Dakota;   South Dakota;   Wisconsin

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