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Rural Regenerator Fellowship

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

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Springboard for the Arts

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Deadline Date:

06/11/21 11:59 PM


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Fellowships to Illinois, Iowa, North and South Dakota, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin individuals in 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.

With the inaugural cohort starting in 2021, the Rural Regenerators Fellowship will bring rural artists and creatives together with rural organizers and other cross-sector leaders for learning, exchange, and problem solving around issues facing rural communities. For the next three years, each cohort will focus on a specific rural issue that serves as a nexus for Fellows to build collective knowledge, understanding and problem solving around. The 2021 Cohort will have a focus on equitable post-pandemic relief and recovery.

Fellows will be selected based on their demonstrated commitment to rural arts-based community development, their interest in sharing their own experiences and learning around this work with other fellows, and their desire to grow, adapt, or launch new work that will strengthen their community.

Fellowship Details

Year 1 activities:

  • Fellows will receive a flexible stipend to support or grow their existing creative leadership efforts in their rural community.
  • Fellows will participate in two in-person retreats in the Fergus Falls, MN area, in October 2021 and April 2022 (subject to COVID safety and protocols)
  • Fellows will have opportunities to connect with one another and national guest speakers/facilitators through monthly virtual meetups.
  • Fellows will receive 1:1 support from Springboard’s Rural Regenerator team.
  • Fellows will be supported in sharing and amplifying their story on national platforms.

Year 2 activities:

  • Fellows will receive travel support for a site exchange with another cohort member.
  • Fellows will receive travel support to attend and present at the Rural Arts and Culture Summit.
  • Fellows will be offered a 1 – 3 week solo residency in Fergus Falls for time for reflection, research, creative work, and/or project prototyping.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 195557

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Fellows will receive $10,000 in flexible funds to support their existing work and/or to launch a new project in their community.

Term of Contract:

The Fellowship is a two-year commitment.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Fellows can be 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.

- Successful applicants will have at least 2-3 years of demonstrated commitment to advancing the role of art, creativity, and culture in rural community development. This experience can be formal or informal.
- Applicant must be at least 18 years of age.
- Applicant 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 the Foundations knows people have multi centered relationships with place, the Foundation will prioritize applicants that currently live or work or demonstrate a strong connection to communities of 50,000 people or fewer.
- People who are Black, Indigenous, Native, People of Color, LGBTQIA+, women and gender non-binary people, and/or people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply, and will be prioritized in the selection process.

Pre-proposal Conference:

April 30, 2021, 12 - 1pm CST – 1st Virtual Info Session
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May 21, 2021, 12 - 1pm CST – 2nd Virtual Info Session Register
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Pre-Application Information:

- April 15, 2021 – Applications Open
- June 11, 2021, 11:59pm – Applications Due
- July 28, 2021 – Applicants notified of status
- August, 2021 - Virtual orientation
- October 11 - 14, 2021 – Retreat #1 at East Silent Lake Resort in Dent, MN
- April 25 - 28, 2022 – Retreat # 2 at East Silent Lake Resort in Dent, MN
- October 6 - 8, 2022 – Rural Arts and Culture Summit in MN
- October 2021 – October 2022–Monthly Virtual Meetups
- October 2022 - September 2023 - Site exchanges and residency

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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Michele Anderson, Rural Program Director

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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