Thursday, January 17, 2013

Legacy Amendment Arts Grants Available

Arts organizations, non-profit organizations and schools are all encouraged to apply for arts grants. The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council in Warren is accepting applications for a variety of grants in literary, performing, and visual arts. The Arts Council serves the Minnesota counties of Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau. Therefore organizations, schools, cities or individuals applying must be from those counties.

The Arts Legacy grant category is mainly geared towards funding non-profit arts organizations but other agencies and schools and perhaps even artists within our region can also apply. Each applicant may apply for a maximum of $10,000.00 with a 10% cash match requirement. One-on-one assistance is available with the application form. Public art projects and proposals that bring about lifelong learning and access to the arts are encouraged. More examples of highlighted projects are on our web site at in the grants awarded section. The next deadline is February 1, 2013. Most likely funds will remain after this deadline so additional deadlines will occur on the 1st of each month in this category until funds are depleted. Therefore, if you are not prepared for this deadline contact our office and find out if you can still submit on March 1, 2013.

Funds also remain in our arts legacy school residency grant program. This program is for school districts to sponsor in an artist for a week-long residencies. ; Artists that are listed on, in their artist roster, work well for this program. Grants are for $2,100 and cover most of the costs of the residency. These grants are available on a first come, first served basis with up to two grants per school district in our service region. The grant application is available on our website. Apply soon!

Application materials for all the grant programs are available from Mara Wittman, Arts Council Director, NWRDC, 115 South Main, Warren, MN 56762, (218) 745-9111 or through the agency website at in the grants section. This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 and by funds from The McKnight Foundation.