Artist Access Grant

The Artist Access grant provides up to $1,000 to artists who have never received a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. The funding is designed to allow you to carry-out a well-planned project that will allow you to grow as an artist or to take advantage of an impending opportunity.

Funding for projects that include out-of-state activities is prohibited in this program.

Equipment or technology purchases are allowed but must be integral to the artistic project proposed. An approved project must begin within six months.


Who’s Eligible?

To be eligible to apply for this program, you must be at least eighteen years old, a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident status, and a resident of Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, or St. Louis County for at least six months and remain a Minnesota resident for the duration of the project. Individuals enrolled in arts-related degree programs are ineligible to apply. Past grant recipients with overdue, unaccepted, or falsified final reports are also ineligible.

For complete eligibility requirements, please read the guidelines.


Important Dates:

Applications OpenApplication DeadlineBoard Approval MeetingEarliest Possible Starting Date
Applications will be open and available to submit online on this date.Applications must be submitted online by 4:30 p.m. on this date.Panel recommendations will be approved by the Board on this date.Grant projects may not start prior to this date.
July 6, 2018August 17, 2018September 20, 2018October 1, 2018
December 7, 2018January 18, 2019February 21, 2019March 1, 2019
April 5, 2019May 17, 2019June 20, 2019July 1, 2019

How to Apply:

Please read the guidelines completely before beginning your application, and feel free to contact the Grants Manager with questions.

Artist Access Guidelines 

Applications must be completed and submitted using the ARAC Grant Portal. Submissions in any other format, including email, will not be accepted. Instructions for navigating the online system can be found in both the guidelines and by clicking on the ‘Apply Now’ button below.

  • The online application process will walk you through submitting your application.
  • To be eligible, your application must include all materials listed as required in the online application.
  • Applications must be received into the online system by 4:30 p.m. on the deadline date. Applications received after this time are ineligible and will not be reviewed. There are no exceptions to this policy.

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Help with your application:

  • All applicants are encouraged to discuss proposal ideas and eligibility with the Grants Manager prior to starting a grant application.
  • Grant Writing workshops are held two weeks prior to the deadline. The dates and times are listed on our Grant Workshops page. Participants learn about the grant program, application process, and how to write an effective grant application. This is a good opportunity to get your questions answered prior to completing your application.
  • Applicants may request grant application ‘draft reviews’ no later than 2 weeks prior to the deadline. The Grants Manager will review your application draft and give feedback for you prior to submitting your application for the Board to review. Draft reviews must be requested by contacting the Grants Manager no later than 2 weeks prior to the deadline.

If you received a grant prior to July 1, 2014 and still have a Final Report due, please contact the office to have a form sent to you.