Individual Artist Project Grant

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The Individual Artist Project Grant Program provides project grants of up to $4,000 to artists. The criteria for this program include artistic quality of both past and current work, the ability of the artist to complete the work, and the impact of the project on the artist’s career and the public.

Application Deadlines for FY22:
Friday, July 30, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. – For projects beginning October 1, 2021
Friday, January 28, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. – For projects beginning April 1, 2022

Applications open six weeks prior to the deadline.

Your project must be completed and grant funds spent by June 30, 2023.
For Fiscal Year 2022, ARAC has budgeted $96,000 which will be split evenly between the two deadlines.

The panel that reviews these proposals will make their decision based on the criteria set forward but will present a slate of projects that they think best fit the criteria as a whole.


  • Artistic Vision, both of past work and of the proposal presented
  • Ability to carry out the project
  • Impact of the project both on the artist’s career, but also the public impact of the project.


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.

Individual Artist Project 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:

Artistic Vision
Reviewers will use your answers in this section to assess the vision of the work you have completed to date and the vision 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.
  • Please tell us about the project you want to do. What can you tell us about the artistic vision for this project? Does it continue the type of work you’ve completed in the past or are you heading in a different direction?

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

ARAC looks at both your work plan/timetable and your budget as our panels assess your ability to carry out your project. Even if ARAC funding is only a small part of the complete project, it is important that we see a realistic budget that takes into account the time that you estimate it will take to complete the project. We also look at timetables, past work successes, and confirmation of partnerships (if applicable).

  • What is your work plan/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 an artistic resume, and if applicable, resumes for other individuals participating in your project.

Impact and Evaluation
This section allows our panel to know the impact of this project on your career and your community.

  • What is the impact of this project on your artistic career?
  • In your own words, what is the benefit to your community of your project?

This section is for you to tell us about your goals and how you plan to know whether you succeeded in reaching them. The first section is really about your conception of the work. If you don’t know how to answer this question, please contact us and talk the issue through with our Grants Manager. Don’t wait until the final two weeks before the deadline, as they may be too busy to provide much help. Know that goal statements such as “I want to finish a set of paintings,” are acceptable, but might receive a very low score. Outcomes such as, “I finished the performance,” are also potentially low scoring.

  • What are you trying to accomplish with this work? What are your measurable outcomes?
  • How do you plan to know if the work was a success? Please tell us about how you will assess this work. How will you measure the outcomes stated above?

Optional Questions:

  • Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself or your proposal?
  • If your project involves a partner or a specific gallery or event space, please attach letters or emails of confirmation from that/those partner(s).

Grant FAQs

Budget Instructions

Work Sample Instructions