The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council has announced application deadlines for arts grants.

The council provides grants to nonprofit arts organizations, communities, schools, individuals and other nonprofit organizations in its service area, which consists of Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau counties.

Applications for Individual Artists Grants, up to $5,000 each, must be received by Thursday, Oct. 1. There is also a Nov. 15 deadline for individual artist grants of up to $1,500 each.

In the Arts Legacy Grants category, grant funds are aimed primarily at artistic activity in the council’s seven-county service region. Funding for these grants comes from the Minnesota State Legislature through the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. These are grants of up to $10,000 each, with a required cash match.

Arts Project Grants are used mainly for small-budget arts projects and the sponsorship of performances of touring companies and artists. These grants, up to $3,000 each, with a required cash match, have substantially less reporting requirements than Legacy grants.

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Arts Legacy and Arts Project grants fund public art, festivals, community theater projects, folk music entertainment, sponsorship of visual demonstrations and creative writing workshops that improve the quality of life of people in this area. The deadline for these grant programs is Nov. 1.

Arts Equipment for Schools Grants allow schools to purchase artistic equipment for their art room, theater and band room. Applications for these grants, which may be as much as $3,000, are due Nov. 1.

Schools also may apply for Artist Residency Grants, which total $2,100 each, plus $400 for needed supplies. Go online, to, for a list of artists available to teach in this area.

Quick Turn Around Grants, for $500 each, are available for COVID-19-related relief for artists in northwest Minnesota. These grants, given for missed gigs and income due to the pandemic, are intended for performing artists, writers, media artists, fine craft artists and visual artists who are permanent residents in the council’s service area.

The council is hosting online grant-writing workshops Oct. 14 and Oct. 28 to help grant writers with their applications. In-person assistance is also provided at the council’s headquarters at 109 S. Minnesota St., Warren, Minnesota.

For more information, visit or contact Executive Director Mara Hanel by email,, or call (218) 745-8886.