Quick Start Grant for Artists

. Kyle Lind, Tower, St. Louis County, 2015 Quick Start Grant Recipient

The Quick Start Grant program provides grants of up to $1,000 to regional artists to take advantage of a sudden or unanticipated opportunity. Applications are reviewed to address the timeliness of the opportunities. This program is designed for artists encountering immediate needs with minimal advance notice. An application cannot be used to expand a project which has already received funding from another ARAC grant program. Funding must be used within sixty days.

Regional artists looking for funding to take advantage of a sudden opportunity should consider applying to this program. This grant program is designed to enable artists to take advantage of goal affirming arts activities which come up with little advance notice.

Examples of possible quick start opportunities might include:

  • Workshop, performance, or exhibition expenses that are current and timely;
  • Fees for opportunities that provide career training in the arts;
  • An immediate need for equipment and/or repairs to facilitate an arts related project; or
  • An unexpected or unanticipated presenting, educational, or mentoring activity.

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.

How to Apply:

This program has no specified deadlines. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and submitted for review weekly.

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

Quick Start 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.

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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.
  • Technical and grant writing assistance is available upon request, but realize that staff assistance in no way implies your grant request will be funded.
  • Attend an ARAC grant writing workshop if possible. The dates, times, and locations will be listed on our Grant Workshops page.

To see a list of previous Quick Start 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.