Individual Artist Career Development Grant

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.     Candace LaCosse, Duluth, St. Louis County       2015 Career Development Grant Recipient

The Individual Artist Career Development Grant program provides grants of up to $3,000 to developing and established regional artists to take advantage of impending, concrete opportunities or to carry out well-planned, time-specific activities that will significantly impact their artistic careers. Artists working in contemporary or traditionally based visual, literary, media, or performing arts are eligible to apply to this program. Applicants are encouraged to plan ahead to identify opportunities that fit the deadlines.

Regional artists looking for support to take advantage of an impending opportunity should consider applying to this program. This grant program is designed to encourage artists to pursue enriching opportunities that address their artistic and career needs.

ARAC encourages artists to apply for enriching opportunities or activities that address their artistic needs and increase their ability to live and work in the Arrowhead Region. This may include opportunities such as:

  • Creating artwork, presenting a performance, or taking part in an event which represents the heritage of the artist, performer, or the community;
  • Paying expenses related to attending, participating, exhibiting, or performing at a cultural event;
  • Studying one-on-one with a mentor of significant recognition;
  • Buying supplies and materials to complete work scheduled for a gallery exhibition, performance, publication, etc.

This is not a complete list of eligible opportunities. For more examples of what funding may cover, please read the guidelines.


Who may apply?

To be eligible, an artist must be:

  • at least 18 years of age;
  • a U.S. citizen, or has attained permanent resident alien status;
  • a resident of Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, or St. Louis County for a minimum of six months at the time of application;
  • a primary or secondary creator in the visual, literary, or performing arts;
  • not enrolled full-time as a student in an arts related degree program at the time of application; and
  • applying as an individual or as part of a clearly defined collaboration.

For complete eligibility requirements and a list of what this program will and will not fund, please read the guidelines.


Important Dates:

Application DeadlinePanel Review MeetingBoard Approval MeetingEarliest Possible Starting Date
Applications must be submitted online by 4:30 p.m. on this date.Grant applications will be reviewed by a panel on this date.Panel recommendations will be approved by the Board on this date.Grant projects may not start prior to this date.
Friday, October 30, 2015Tuesday, January 12, 2016
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
February 1, 2016
Friday, April 29, 2016Tuesday, June 7, 2016
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
July 1, 2016
Friday, October 28, 2016TBDThursday, January 19, 2017
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
February 1, 2017
Friday, April 28, 2017TBDThursday, June 15, 2017
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
July 1, 2017

How to Apply:

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

Career Development 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 in the grant program guidelines and 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.

To see a list of last year’s Career Development grant recipients and their projects, visit our recent awards page.

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.