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

Rural Regenerator Fellowship


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Geographic Focus
USA: IllinoisIowaMichiganMinnesotaNorth DakotaSouth DakotaWisconsin

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/20/23 11:59 PM CST Save

Grant Description
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 2023 - September 2024)

  • Two required in-person retreats in the Fergus Falls region, October 10 - 13, 2023 and April 23 - 26, 2024 (full travel support provided)
  • Monthly virtual meetups
  • Free artist career consultations
  • Opportunities for artist talks, thought partnership and engagement with Springboard programs.

Year 2 activities (October 2024 - September 2025) 

  • Site exchange or collaboration with at least one other Fellow.
  • Support to attend and present at the Rural Futures Summit (date and time TBD)
  • Optional 1 – 2 week solo residency in Fergus Falls for time for reflection, research, creative work, and/or project prototyping.


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 in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, or Nebraska and/or the Native Nations that share those geographies.
- Applicants must live, work or have a strong connection to a rural community (50,000 people or fewer AND more than 40 miles from a metropolitan area).
- While the Fellowship knows that “rural” has a broad definition and that people have multi-centered relationships with place, it will only consider applicants that currently live or work or demonstrate a strong connection to communities of 50,000 people or fewer.
- Not be a current or past Rural Regenerator Fellow. 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
The Info Session on May 5 will cover details of the Fellowship, including eligibility, benefits and activities, as well as how to put together your application on Slideroom.

Date: Friday, May 5, 2023, 12:00 – 1:00 pm Central Time
Online Platform: Zoom Webinar
Presenter: Springboard for the Arts Staff
Recording: This workshop will be recorded.
Captions: This workshop will be captioned using Zoom's automated captions.

More information and to register:

Pre-Application Information
2022 – 2025 Fellowship Timeline
- Tuesday, April 25, 2023 – Applications Open
- Friday, May 5, 2023 - Virtual info session (12 - 1pm CST)
- Tuesday, June 20, 2023– Applications Due at 11:59pm CST
- Mid-August 2023 – Applicants notified of status
- October 10 - 13, 2023 – Retreat #1 near Fergus Falls, MN
- April 23 - 26, 2024 – Retreat # 2 near Fergus Falls, MN
- October 2024 - September 2025 - Site exchanges, Rural Futures Summit, and residency

2023 Rural Regenerator Fellowship Info Session:

Estimated Size of Grant
Year 1: Unrestricted $10,000 stipend
Year 2: $5,000 to support a site exchange or collaboration with at least one other Fellow.

Term of Contract
The Fellowship is a two-year commitment.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Direct questions to:
Molly Johnston, Rural Program Manager

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

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