How to Write and Submit an Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant Application

Over the next two weeks, Region 2 Arts Council is offering a series of workshops and informational drop-in sessions to assist those in our region interested in submitting an Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant:

Arts & Cultural Heritage Grant Writing Workshops

  • Monday July 14 at the Region 2 Arts Council Office in Bemidji, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday July 22 at Coldwell Banker in Park Rapids, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Arts & Cultural Heritage Grant Informational Drop-in Sessions

  • Thursday July 17 at the Bagley Public Library, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Monday July 21 at the Region 2 Arts Council Office in Bemidji, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

The application deadline is August 14, 2014.

Individual artists can apply for up to $3,000 and organizations can apply for grants up to $6,000 in grant funds. This grant is open to artists in all art disciplines, arts organizations, schools, non-profits, government offices, or cultural heritage groups located in one of the following Minnesota counties: Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen. These grants support projects covering three key areas: Arts Activities and Arts Access, Arts Education, and Arts and Cultural Heritage.

Region 2 Arts Council staff is also happy to discuss the application process with you. Call us at (218) 751-5447 / (800) 275-5447 or email us at with questions, to set up an individual or group appointment, or to let us know you are coming to a workshop. Download the grant application form HERE.

Arts & Cultural Heritage Grants are funded through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on November 4, 2008 as part of the Clean Water, Land & Legacy Amendment.

Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant Application Packets are Ready!

LegacyLogoThe Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant Deadline is August 14, 2014.  Download an application HERE!

Funding limits are $3,000 for Individual Artists and $6,000 for organizations.

Region 2 Arts Council staff is happy to discuss the application process with you. Call us at (218) 751-5447 / (800) 275-5447 or email us at with questions or to set up an appointment.

The Arts and Cultural Heritage Program is open to artists in all art disciplines, any non-profit organization, school (including community education offices), and units of government.  These grants support three key areas: Arts Activity and Arts Access, Arts Education, and Cultural Heritage. 

Great Art Around Town Starts Today!

Park Rapids
July 3
   Tree Party performs at Second Street Stage in Park Rapids
This free, two-hour concert starts at 6 p.m. Bring your own lawn chairs. For information on the band and the 10-week 2nd Street Stage schedule, go to

July 3, 5 and 6    The Sound of Music- A Bagley Community Theater Production
Showtimes are 7:30  p.m. on July 3&5, and July 6th at 4:00 p.m. at Bagley High School.

July 3    Opening Reception for Painter Dee Najjar at Dunn Bros Coffee
Artist Dee Anne Najjar will be offering a painting demonstration at Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S. in Bemidji, at her opening reception from 5-  7:00 p.m.

July 3    Stained Glass Artist Gary Dawson at Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse
Check out this Dawson’s unique display and meet the artist at the opening reception on from 3-5:00 p.m. Special Note: There will be no 1st Friday wine bar and dinner at the Wild Hare in July.

Next Week in Bemidji:
Wellness through the Arts
is a week-long series of workshops, presentations and events facilitated by Kairos Alive! to draw awareness to the power of Participatory Art Making and its positive influence on individual and community wellness. All events are free and accessible to people of all ages and abilities.

Monday, July 7, 6 – 8:00 p.m.: Introduction to Participatory Art Making at Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad Street SW

Wednesday, July 9, 7 – 8:00 p.m.: Fostering Wellness through Participatory Art Making at the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave NW

Thursday, July 10, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Kairos Alive! Dance Hall at Rail River Folk School, 303 Rail Road Street SW

Friday, July 11    Watch for more First Friday Opening Receptions

The July 2014 edition of Northern Arts News will be available after the July 4th Weekend.  Have a terrific holiday!

Read Northern Arts News for May Events, Opportunities, Workshops, and More!

145b90cf0d3Region 2 Arts Council brings you Northern Arts News every month.  We love to help spread the word about arts events and opportunities; and we love to hear from you!  Submit your arts events to Northern Arts News by emailing

A Few Upcoming Highlights in May:

  • BSO Mahler Concert: Bemidji, May 4
  • Metal Sculpting Workshop: Gonvick, May 5
  • Watercolor Collage Workshop: Bemidji, May 17
  • Les Trompettes de Lyon: Park Rapids, May 19
  • Using Cultural Data Project Reports: Bemidji, May 21

Read Northern Arts News today!


Grants for Young People in All Arts Disciplines Available

ZoeyNicholas2The Region 2 Arts Council encourages 8-12 grade students with a strong interest in the arts to apply for a Region 2 Arts Council Legacy Funded Artist Mentor Grant. Students must reside in Beltrami, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, Clearwater, or Mahnomen counties to be eligible for this grant. Open to home-schooled and PSEO students as well those enrolled in public, parochial, or private schools.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 9, 2014. 5:00 p.m. Drop off at Region 2 Arts Council office or mail in.

Grant Review Session: Saturday, May 3, 2014. 15-minute interviews for applicants.

Grant recipients receive either 20 hours of one-on-one mentoring with a Minnesota adult artist or $600 toward tuition for a class, camp or workshop in the student’s art discipline in the state of MN. Wondering about arts experiences or professional artists who are interested in mentoring? We’re happy to help!

Grant applications are available at the R2AC office at 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601 or for download at Questions? Call (218) 751-5447 or 1(800) 275-5447 or email