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Rural artists & creatives, do you miss connecting with one another in person, sometimes by design and sometimes by happy circumstance? Apply to the Rural Connection Fund!

The Rural Connection Fund will provide rural artists in the Upper Midwest with $2,000 to support informal gatherings of rural artists and creatives to witness one another’s work, exchange ideas and learning, and build a foundation for long lasting peer support. 

Who is Eligible?

Culture bearers, makers, artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians, performers and other creatives in rural and tribal communities of 30,000 people or less in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, Illinois and the Native Nations that share those geographies are invited to apply for support from the Rural Connection Fund, up to $2000 per gathering. Gatherings must connect at least two rural artists who live at least 75 miles apart.

Types of gatherings may include but are not limited to:

- Informal exchanges to visit one another’s community and witness one another’s work in person

- Mini-retreats of 2 or more rural artists/creatives to explore a specific topic and share learning and ideas

- Gatherings of artists from multiple locations to connect.

Note: we encourage simplicity! It is rare to get a chance to visit another artist without an obligation to fulfill, so consider how this can nurture other aspects of your artistic life without adding new commitments.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and grants awarded via lottery selection. Please read our eligibility guidelines and FAQs below before you apply!

Questions about the Connection Fund?

Michele Anderson

Dominic Facio
Connection Fund Application

The Rural Connection Fund has 3 rolling deadlines to enter your request in our lottery-based selection process. The lottery pool is reset after each selection, but in your form, you can choose to automatically resubmit your request for each deadline. Duplicate applicants or applications will be remove from the lottery.

- November 1, 2022 at 11:59 pm CST

- January 6, 2023 at 11:49 pm CST

- March 3, 2023 at 11:49 pm CST


Apply to the Fund