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Grants for individuals

These are grants available to individual artists living and working in Minnesota.

Springboard Staff

Artist Resources Director

State agencies

Minnesota State Arts Board – A state agency that stimulates and encourages the creation, performance, and appreciation of the arts in the state.

MSAB provides five grant opportunities for individual artists in Minnesota:

Artist Initiative
Arts Learning
Arts Tour Minnesota
Cultural Community Partnership
Folk and Traditional Arts


Regional Arts Councils - Minnesota's unique, decentralized system of eleven regional arts councils.

The RACs disseminate state and other funding for individual artists, as well as other local arts activities in each region of the state. Check the map for your region.

NWMAC (Region 1) - Applications are generally due in October, March, and on a monthly basis. Serving Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau counties. Five available grant categories with rolling, monthly, and annual application deadlines.

Region 2 - Grant deadlines available August through March. Serving Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen counties. Four available grant categories.

Arrowhead Regional Arts (Region 3) - Five available grant categories with deadlines in October, January, March, April, and July as well as rolling deadlines. Serving Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and Saint Louis counties.

Lake Region Arts Council (Region 4) -Five available grant categories. Serving Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, and Wilkin counties.

Five Wings Art Council (Region 5) - Deadlines in January, April, July, October, monthly, and ongoing in three available grant categories. Serving Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd, and Wadena counties.

Southwest Minnesota Arts Council (Regions 6 & 8) - Four available grant categories. Serving Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lincoln, Lac qui Parle, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Swift, and Yellow Medicine counties.

East Central Arts Council (Region 7E) - Application deadlines for four grant categories, November 1st, February 1st, April 1st, and March 1st. Serving Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and Pine counties.

Central Minnesota Arts Board (Region 7W) - Six available grant categories. Serving Benton, Sherburne, Stearns, and Wright counties.

Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council (Region 9) - Four available grant categories. Serving Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, LeSueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, and Watonwan counties.

Southeast Minnesota Arts Council (Region 10) - Three available grant categories. Deadlines in October, April, July, February, and on an ongoing basis. Serving Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Olmsted, Mower, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, and Winona counties.

Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (Region 11) - Serving Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington counties. One individual artist grant, the Next Step Fund.

Private foundations

Jerome Foundation - Provides grants for artists in Minnesota and New York City.

Jerome Hill Artist Fellowships: 60 early career artists (10 each in the disciplines of dance, film/new media, literature, music, theater and visual arts) will be awarded two-year Fellowships of $20,000 per year. Applications will open in 2020.

Film, Video, and Digital Production Grants:Production grants of up to $30,000 to early career film, video and digital production directors from Minnesota or New York City.

McKnight Foundation - Provides fiscal support focusing on the state of Minnesota, with grant funding for working artists to create and contribute to vibrant communities.

Ceramic Artists: McKnight Artist Fellowships for Ceramic Artists at Northern Clay Center

Choreography: McKnight Artist Fellowships for Choreographers at The Cowles Center for Dance & The Performing Arts

Composers: McKnight Composers Fellowship at the American Composers Forum and the McKnight Visiting Composer Residency at the American Composers Forum

Dancers: McKnight Artist Fellowships for Dancers at The Cowles Center for Dance & The Performing Arts

Media Artists: McKnight Media Artist Fellowship at IFP Minnesota

Musicians: McKnight Artist Fellowships for Musicians and the MacPhail Center for Music

Photographers: McKnight Artist Fellowships for Visual Artists administered by MN Artists

Playwrights: Mid-Career Artists McKnight Advancement Grants and the Advanced Artists McKnight National Residency and Commission, administered by the Playwrights’ Center

Theater Artists: McKnight Theater Artist Fellowships, administered by the Playwrights’ Center

Visual Artists: McKnight Artist Fellowships for Visual Artists, administered by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Writers: The McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers

Forecast Public Art - Forecast supports public artists through funding and training. Grants, technical assistance, learning opportunities and resources advance artists of all skill levels.

Forecast Public Art offers a Mid-Career Project Grant, a Mid-Career Professional Development Grant, an Early-Career Artist Project Grant, and an Early-Career Artist Research & Development Grant. Applications typically open in late summer for a grant period of 11 months the following year.

Visual Arts Fund - A grant program established by Midway Contemporary Art with support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. 

The Visual Arts Fund awards five $5,000 and three $10,000 grants to artists in the Twin Cities metro region. The VAF supports the development of experimental projects and/or new initiatives that engage the public with visual art. 


Minnesota Quilters - A nonprofit with the mission to further the preservation of quilting, educate, and document the art and craft of quilting in Minnesota.

Minnesota Quilters, Inc. provides educational and service project grants as well as donations to promote interest and education in quilting, in amounts ranging from $50 to $500. They accept grant application each year between July 1 and September 16.

Selected national individual grants

A Blade of Grass Supports seven to ten socially engaged artists working in close partnerships with a community. Letter of Interest due mid-November, full application due mid-January.

Aaron Siskind Fund - $10,000 grant awarded to photographers and photo-based artists. Applications due at the end of May. ($20 application fee).

Asian Cultural Council - A process-oriented grant for artists and scholars living in Asia or the USA. Projects must be exploration, not exhibition-based, and take place outside of one's home country, also either in Asia or the USA. Applications due in early November. 

Awesome Foundation - A global community "advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1000 at a time." Each fully autonomous chapter supports awesome projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly. In the Upper Midwest, there are chapters in North Minneapolis, Minnesota and Madison Wisconsin.

Creative Capital - Open application process to artists of all disciplines ages 25 years or older with 5 years professional experience. On a seven year cycle, and accepting new applications in 2018. 

GRAMMY Museum Grant Program - Awards grants each year to organizations and individuals for audio preservation projects, as well as scientific research efforts. Letters of inquiry typically due in October.

Guggenheim Fellowship - Award exceptional mid career artists with a grant intended to support their ability to freely work for six months to a year. Applications due in September. 

Helium Grant - Microgrants of $1,000 offered to any person on a rolling basis. Nadia Eghbal, the founder of Helium grants, also maintains a list of other microgrants here.

National Association of Latino Arts and Culture Master Artist Grant - Project-based grants and mentorship grants for US-based Latino artists across multiple disciplines. Annual fall deadline for application. 

Native Arts and Cultures Foundation - Fellowship of $20,000 to individual practicing Native artists in Traditional Arts, Music, Visual Arts, Artistic Innovation, and Literature. Application due in mid-March.

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artist as Activist - Fellowship supporting artists whose work explores racial justice with a particular focus on mass incarceration. Annual December deadline for application.

William H. Johnson Prize for African American Artists - Award of $25,000 for an early career African American artist. Annual fall deadline for application. 

More resources

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online – A service of the Foundation Center that offers information on funders that provide scholarships, fellowships, grants, and a wide range of financial support to individuals. Contact a Resource Center staff person to be logged in. Other than at Springboard, this resource has free access at many locations across the country. This resource is free for Springboard Resource Center users

New York Foundation for the Arts / NYFA Source – NYFA Source is a free searchable database for individual artist funding nationwide.

College Board Scholarship Search – Scholarship Search is a free searchable database for academic scholarships, financial aid and internships from more than 2,200 programs, totaling nearly $6 billion.


See this FAQ to learn more about crowdfunding platforms, including GoFundMeIndieGoGoKickstarter and Patreon

For emergency funding resources

If you are an artist facing an emergency situation, please refer to this list for local and national emergency funding resources by artistic discipline [PDF].