Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant Deadline November 2, 2016.

Maximum Award: $1,000

Deadline: November 2, 2016 by 11:59 pm

Open to Native American artists in all arts disciplines residing in the following counties: Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Hubbard, Itasca, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, or Roseau.

This grant offers funding for costs associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a creative work; purchase of materials or equipment necessary for a creative work; educational opportunities; mentorships; and proposals for career-enhancing projects or opportunities. Both contemporary and traditional arts, such as beading and regalia making, are considered for funding. Artists can apply for grants up to $1,000.

Applications are available online at  For more information, or with questions, call Region 2 Arts Council at 218-751-5447 or toll-free at 800-275-5447. You can also email us at

Miigwech to McKnight Foundation for funding this grant.

Arts Project Grants and Arts & Cultural Heritage Grants for Schools are now open for applications!

Create a login to apply for the R2AC Arts Project Grant or the Arts & Cultural Heritage Grant for Schools by October 15, 2016.

The Arts Project Grant offers funding for a variety of art projects including costs related to arts performances or exhibitions, public art projects, arts workshops or festivals, or artists-in-residence at schools or at local community centers. Non-profits, schools, government or tribal offices, community education programs, or arts-focused groups with a fiscal sponsor can apply for up to $2,500. Additionally, arts organizations, such as community theater groups, art centers, community chorales/bands/orchestras, etc. may also apply to fund consultation projects in board development, fiscal management, fundraising, public relations, audience development, or assistance in designing arts programming.

The Arts & Cultural Heritage Grant for Schools offers funding for costs associated with arts performances or exhibitions, engagement of guest artists, public art projects, artists-in-residence, and other arts projects. Public schools, charter schools, or community education programs can apply for grants up to $3,000 with no cash match needed! So contact your local teachers, school administrators, school board members, community education directors, or parent-teacher organizations and encourage them to apply to fund some terrific arts projects in your community.

Funded arts projects must benefit the residents of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen Counties. Contact your friendly Grants Manager, Holly Alcott, if you have any questions about these grant programs or your eligibility to apply.

R2AC Quick Grants are finally open for applications!

Create a login to apply for R2AC Quick Grants for Individual Artists or Organizations by September 15, 2016. 

These grants offer funding for workshops, conferences and training opportunities, or to provide funding for arts projects or activities that have not been previously funded by R2AC. Organizations may apply for up to $1,000 and Individual Artists can apply for up to $500 to fund arts opportunities or activities that would be completed within six months of the grant award date.

Click here for more information on the FY17 R2AC Ouick Grants for Individual Artists.

Click here for more information on the FY17 R2AC Ouick Grants for Organizations.

If you are interested in applying for the FY17 R2AC Artist Fellowship ($6,000) for established local artists that has the same September 15th due date, click here!

R2AC Fellowship Award Applications Available

Create a login at to apply for the R2AC Artist Fellowship Award by September 15, 2016. 

An eligible artist applicant must be a resident of Beltrami, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, or Clearwater County, 21 years of age or older, and must have a history of sustained accomplishment in his or her chosen artistic field over a period of at least five years.

This year, applicants for the Fellowship are asked to provide the following:

  • recent work samples
  • an artist statement and resume
  • a description of the ways in which the artist plans to develop his or her art during the 18 months of the Fellowship

If you are an artist who is familiar with the Region 2 Arts Council Fellowship from past years, please note that our application guidelines have changed.

The 2 R2AC Artist Fellows will each receive $6000 of unfettered funds to support their artists’ lives and artistic work during their time as R2AC Artist Fellows.

Click here for more information on the FY17 R2AC Fellowship program.

Come work with us!

Region 2 Arts Council (R2AC) needs a part-time program assistant to help in

  • planning this year’s professional development workshops for Region 2 artists and arts organizations
  • training others to use our online grants system
  • promoting engagement with Region 2 Arts Council programs
  • so much more!

Must have a Bachelor’s degree, excellent communication skills, a strong interest in and personal experience with the arts, and a desire to support opportunities for arts creation, promotion, and education for the people of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen Counties. Office located in Bemidji.  Complete position description here!

Hours per week: 12-20; Salary Range: $15-$19/hour; no benefits; open until filled

Submit cover letter and resume to:
Laura Seter, R2AC Executive Director

P.O. Box 693
Bemidji, MN 56619

Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant Deadline: August 15, 2016

legacy_smlRegion 2 Arts Council has $62,249.00 in Arts and Cultural Heritage Funds available this fall for arts programming.

Non-profit organizations, schools, community ed programs, and government and tribal offices located in Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Clearwater, and Beltrami Counties are eligible to apply.

Attend a grant writing workshop and gain information and tips for

  • Choosing the best grant program for your arts project
  • Designing an arts project that will benefit you / your organization/ your community
  • Submitting Work Samples
  • Putting together a budget
  • Creating an evaluation that makes sense for you and those who benefit from your arts project

Workshop dates, times and locations:

  • July 13 – Fireside Patio and Grill on HWY 2 W. in Bagley; 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
  • July 20 – Coldwell Banker, 101 Main Avenue S.  in Park Rapids, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
  • July 21 – LOW Historical Society, 206 8th Avenue SE in Baudette, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
  • July 28 – Beltrami Electric Cooperative, 4111 Technology Dr NW, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
  • July 29 – Gizhiigin Arts, 202 South Main Street Mahnomen (Region 2 Arts Council will be presenting several grant opportunities workshops at the annual Community Art Summit)

Region 2 Arts Council staff is able to support your process, from idea inception to application submission. Contact us at or call 218 751-5447 / 800 275-5447 for assistance.

Create a login and get started today!

Drum roll please! It’s a New Fiscal Year for R2AC

R2ACLogo_Color_small…but before moving forward, let’s take a minute to look back at FY16:

Region 2 Arts Council awarded arts organizations, schools, and non-profit organizations a total of $202,377.00 in State and Legacy funds.  

The funding totals by county are

  • Beltrami County: $99,112
  • Clearwater County: $24,259
  • Hubbard County: $49,646
  • Lake of the Woods County: $23,960
  • Mahnomen County: $5,400

Region 2 Arts Council awarded Individual Artists a total of $48,805.00 in McKnight, Legacy, and State funds. The funding totals by grant program are

  • Individual Artist Grants: $18,132
  • Artist Career Development Fellowships: $12,000
  • Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grants: $9,313
  • Artist Mentor Grants: $4,800
  • Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants for Individuals: $3,000
  • Quick Grants for Artists: $1,560

These awards made possible by

  • the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund
  • an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s General Fund
  • and with funding from the McKnight Foundation

Thank you to our funders!