Individual Artist Fellowship

. Andy Messerschmidt, Ely, St. Louis County, 2015 Fellowship Recipient

The Individual Artist Fellowship program provides grants of up to $7,000 to enable artists to set aside time to work, to purchase supplies and materials, to participate in advanced study, or to pursue other activities that will allow them to achieve their artistic goals. 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 allow time for developing an adequate and competitive work plan to use fellowship funding.

Fellowship grants award artists pursuing activities that allow them to achieve their artistic goals. This grant program is designed to recognize, reward, and encourage regional artists.

Grant proposals to this program may support a broad range of activities that will have a significant impact on your artistic work. This may include opportunities such as:

  • Paying living expenses to free up time to create your art;
  • Buying supplies, materials, and equipment necessary to complete work;
  • Studying one-on-one with a mentor of significant recognition;
  • Contracting for professional services necessary to realize your work;
  • Producing high-quality documentation of your work.

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; and
  • not enrolled full-time as a student in an arts related degree program at the time of application.

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

Important Dates: Please note that starting 2016, the Fellowship grant deadline has been changed.

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.
Thursday, March 31, 2016Friday, June 10, 2016
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
July 1, 2016
Friday, March 31, 2017Friday, June 9, 2016
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, 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.

Fellowship 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 Fellowship 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.