Emergency Working Artist Grant

Emergency Working Artist Grant

The Emergency Working Artist Grant provides $2,000 for working artists to do a work of art in the next six months and sustain themselves during the COVID-19 crisis. The art produced does not have to be specifically about the pandemic, but rather we are looking for projects that can be done within the next six months. A portion of the grants will be set aside for teaching artists to pay for their time or needed equipment to convert their work to new virtual requirements.

Application Deadline:
Friday, May 8, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

Applications open three weeks prior to the deadline.
Your project must be completed and grant funds spent by December 31, 2020.
ARAC has budgeted $24,000, for this program.


  • Artistic Vision, both of past work and of the proposal presented (75%)
  • Ability to carry out the project (25%)


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 be 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.

How to Apply:

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

Emergency Working Artist Grant 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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Grant Questions:

Grant Questions

Working Artist
Please explain to us why you fall into the category of working artist.

Artistic Vision
Reviewers will use your answers in this section to assess the vision of the work you have completed to date and the quality of the work you propose to do. Use the first question to tell us about your previous work. The second is to help us understand the significance of what you propose to do.

  • Please tell us about your past work. Include how you place your work within your discipline or medium. What is distinguishing about your work in comparison to others in your discipline?  
  • Please tell us about the project you want to do. Include details that will allow our panel to assess its artistic vision.

ARAC looks at a variety of factors as our panels assess your ability to carry out your project. One of those is a realistic proposed usage of the funds. We also look at timetables, past work successes, assessment strategies, and confirmation of partnerships (if applicable).

  • What is your timetable for completing this project?
  • How would you use this grant to complete the project? Be specific about how you would use the funds.
  • Tell us about why we should have confidence that you can execute this project.  

You’ll be asked to attach a sample of your work.

Optional Questions:

  • Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself or your proposal?
  • Please feel free to speak to how you bring diversity to the arts of the region. [See our definition of the diversity we are looking for in the grant criteria above.]


Grant FAQs

Work Sample Instructions