Artist Growth Grants Program

Southwest Minnesota Arts Council

Relevent Country: United States of America

Applications are now open for the Artist Growth grant program that provides funding to artists at any stage of their careers for activities that foster the development of their artistic skills and career, expand their audience, and increase their ability to live and work in the Southwest (SW) Minnesota (MN) Region.

Funding Information

  • Artist Growth grants are available for up to $4,000.

Funding Cost

Artist Growth applicants may request funding for costs including, but not limited to:

  • Purchase of supplies or equipment
  • Compensated time or childcare costs while working on a specific body of work
  • Research
  • One-on-one study with a mentor
  • Attending workshops or conferences for professional or artistic development
  • Rental of facilities for presenting work or for studio space
  • Website or portfolio production
  • Framing
  • Recording
  • Editing or other costs related to publishing
  • Geographical Focus
  • The Artist Growth grant program is open to permanent residents within the eighteen counties of the SW MN Arts Council service region (Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Swift, and Yellow Medicine counties) or on tribal lands within their service area.
  • They acknowledge that this region occupies the traditional, ancestral, and contemporary lands of the Dakota people, who have stewarded these lands throughout the generations

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be a region resident for at least six months prior to submitting an application and remain a resident throughout the contract period. Applicants may be asked to provide proof of residency, which must be demonstrated by the following, each showing an eligible address:

  • A valid MN state ID/driver’s license or other federally recognized documentation.
  • Bills for utilities or mortgage/rent.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old by the time of signing their grant contract.
  • Other SMAC Grants for Individuals
  • Artists may only have one pending SMAC grant request at a time, across all grant programs for individuals.
  • Artists with a current SMAC grant project in progress may not apply for another individual grant until reporting on the first grant is completed. Applicants with overdue final reports are not eligible to apply.