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The Rural Connection Fund provides 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 the Fund for?

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 the Rural Connection Fund supports:

- 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.

Applications are currently closed. Please stay tuned for future updates on this program.

Questions about the Connection Fund? Send us an email!

Rural Program Director

Rural Program Manager