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Applications for the Rural Regenerator Fellowship will open on April 25, 2023 and close on June 20, 2023. Applicants will receive notifications in mid-August, 2023.

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Rural Regenerator Fellowship Intro

The Rural Regenerator Fellowship

Rural places 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 creative leaders in the Upper Midwest through unrestricted funding, and ongoing learning and exchange.

Rural Regenerator Video
Fellowship Introduction
Rural Regenerator Quote

I felt safe, valued, and challenged in ways that I’ve been longing for. I’m excited to see how this support feels to have as I return to my community and the challenges there."

- Rural Regenerator Fellow

RR Info Session
Rural Regenerator Fellowship Info Session
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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, and receive an unrestricted $10,000 stipend.

12 Fellows will be selected from rural communities across the Upper Midwest (Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, 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, LGBTQIA2+, 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.

Fellowship At-A-Glance

Rural Regenerator Fellowship Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Springboard Staff

Rural Program Manager
Apply to the Fellowship

Application deadline is June 20, 2023 at 11:59pm CST

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Watch the Info Session!

Watch a recording of the staff Info Session that took place on Friday, May 5, 2023.

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AMA With Rural Regenerator Fellows!

Sign up of the "Ask Me Anything" virtual conversation with current Rural Regenerator Fellows Siricasso Garcia and Awanigiizhik Bruce, with will take place on Monday, May 15 from 12-1pm CT.

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Meet the 2022-24 Fellows
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Meet the 2021-23 Fellows
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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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