Career Development Fellowship Deadline: Sept. 11, 2014

mcknight_foundation_logo-300x34$12,000 in funds available for R2AC/McKnight Career Development Fellowship – Two Fellowships awarded every year

Individual Artists of at least 21 years of age with a minimum 5-year history of sustained accomplishment in their chosen artistic field, residing for at least one year prior to deadline in one of the following Minnesota counties: Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen, may apply for this 18-month fellowship funded by the McKnight foundation. The goal of the R2AC/McKnight Career Development Fellowship Program is to provide substantial support to the region’s most talented artists to further their artistic works through study, introspection or innovation and to facilitate depth and advancement in their artistic careers. Deadline: September 11, 2014.

To download an application, go to

For grant writing hints and tips: Come to our workshop!

Date: Wednesday, August 27, 2014; Time: 5:50-7:30 p.m.; Location: lower level of the Historic Carnegie Library Building, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji MN.

Or contact us at / 218 751-5447 or 1800 275-5447. We are happy to answer your questions, read over your application materials, and set up one-on-one appointments for those unable to attend the workshop.

New R2AC Submission Policy: All materials submitted 2 weeks prior to the deadline will be carefully reviewed for omissions and detailed feedback will be provided to the applicant.  Materials submitted after two weeks prior to the deadline will be reviewed by R2AC staff as time allows.  All grants submitted by the deadline date will be sent “as submitted” to the board for review.

Grant Applicants Take Notice — Major Changes to R2AC Staff Assistance!

R2AC has made a significant change on the timing of staff grant reviews this year. This is a heads up to prepare your application well ahead of the deadline if you want R2AC staff to review your application. The review time frame is listed below.

The following changes were implemented to prepare Region 2 applicants for online grants coming next year! As you may know, online grant applications do not allow staff review after they are submitted.

  • Applications submitted two weeks prior to the deadline date, or earlier, will be reviewed by R2AC staff for accuracy, completeness, and eligibility.
  • Applications submitted less than two weeks prior to the deadline date will be reviewed only as staff time allows.
  • R2AC staff will no longer review grants for completion after the deadline date.
  • All grants received on the deadline date will be sent to the board panel as is.
  • Only applications submitted in their complete form by the deadline date, including all necessary signatures and items outlined in the application checklist, will be considered eligible and sent to the grant review panel.

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.