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Applications for the Rural Regenerator Fellowship are now closed as of June 7, 2022. Applicants will receive notifications August 4 - 8, 2022. 

From drastically shifting economies, increasing diversity and aging populations, to the effects of climate change and COVID, rural places in the Upper Midwest need leaders who know the importance of creativity and culture in cultivating human-centered systems for rural community health, economic vitality, and civic engagement. Springboard's Rural Regenerator Fellowship, launched in 2021, supports these leaders through unrestricted funding, and ongoing learning and exchange.

About the Fellowship
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 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.

Applications for our 2022-24 cohort will open in mid-April, 2022. 8-10 Fellows will be selected from communities of 50,000 people or fewer across the Upper Midwest (Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois and the Native Nations that serve those geographies). 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.

The Rural Regenerator Fellowship was launched in 2021, expanding on Springboard’s 10 years of rural programming. To read about the 2021-23 Rural Regenerator Fellows, click here.

Meet the 2022-24 Fellows

We are excited to announce the new cohort of Rural Regenerator Fellows, from Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota!

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Rural Regenerator Fellowship Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Springboard Staff

Rural Program Manager

Applications are now closed. The deadline was Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at 11:59pm CST

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Fellowship At-A-Glance

- Application deadline is Tuesday, June 7, 2022

- Applicants must be at least 21 years of age.

- Applicants 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

- 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

- Fellows will receive a flexible $10,000 stipend

- Fellows will participate in two in-person retreats in the Fergus Falls, MN area, October 11 - 14, 2022 and April 25 - 28, 2023

- Fellows will receive travel support for a site exchange with another cohort member

Meet the 2021-23 Fellows

Meet the first cohort of Rural Regenerator Fellows!

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Read about our work

Springboard's work in Fergus Falls, the root of our Rural Regenerator Fellowship, was featured in the Daily Yonder's article "How Four Rural Towns Are Building Vibrant Communities Through the Tools of Creative Placemaking."

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Read about the Fellows

Go in-depth on the current cohort of Fellows with a series of features on Creative Exchange.

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