Northwest Minnesota Arts Council accepting grant applications

Applications for the Individual Artists Grant program are due Monday, Nov. 15

Mara Hanel, mayor of Warren, Minn., is photographed near a row of recently built twin homes on the south end of town. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is accepting applications from artists for its Individual Artists Grant and Quick Turn Around Grant programs.

The Individual Artists Grants, $1,500 each, will be awarded to performing artists, visual artists, media artists, and creative writing artists in the council’s seven-county service region: Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau counties.

The deadline to apply is Monday, Nov. 15.

To be eligible for this grant, the artist must be out of high school and at least 18 years old. Artists must be residents in the council’s service area for at least a year and remain living in the service area during the entire grant year, 2022.

College students may also apply, and their school or home address must be within the service area. Proof of residency, usually a drivers license, is required.


This is the main grant category to support individuals as they build their artistic business or advance their technical skills, said Mara Hanel, the council’s director.

The category is for non-hobby artists who make substantial yearly income from their art, Hanel said. Grants are made annually with awards going to four individuals. Support for this program comes from the McKnight Foundation, she said.

The Quick Turn Around Grants, which are $500 each, are available on a first come, first served basis. These grants may be used for artistic training, arts marketing, and equipment purchases related to creating a body of artistic work, as well as to cover recent loss of income from canceled gigs, due to the pandemic.

To learn more about these grant programs and start an application, visit . To request a paper application or set up an appointment to complete the paperwork for the application at the council office in Warren, Minnesota, contact Hanel at 218-745-8886 or send an email to .

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Pamela Knudson is a features and arts/entertainment writer for the Grand Forks Herald.

She has worked for the Herald since 2011 and has covered a wide variety of topics, including the latest performances in the region and health topics.

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