Arts Access Grants are now open for online applications!

Maximum Award: $6,000
Grant Application Deadline: March 15, 2021
Earliest Start Date: May 1, 2021

Important changes this year: Please read carefully! 

Arts Access Grants are open to government offices, tribal entities, or groups formed for nonprofit purposes with a fiscal sponsor to fund the creation, production, and presentation of high-quality arts activities, as well as projects that help overcome barriers to accessing high-quality arts activities, and projects that help instill the arts into the community and public life in our region. Funds can be used for a variety of arts projects and programming including costs associated with public art, arts festivals, engagement of guest artists, arts field trips, workshops, exhibitions, presentations, or performances. Eligible proposals must show a commitment to expanding audiences by removing barriers to participation, and must be realistic, adaptive, and adherent to state mandated COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines. Up to two applications per organization will be accepted. 501(c)3 nonprofit Arts Organizations may use one of the two applications to apply for operating support.

Create a Login and apply online.
Our office, located inside the Watermark Art Center in Bemidji, is open with one staff member on duty Wednesday through Friday from 10am to 5 pm. As always, staff are also working from home Monday-Friday 9am-5pm to answer questions, discuss ideas for projects, preview applications to make suggestions, and offer technical help. Email us at, send us a message via facebook, or call and leave a message at 218-751-5447 (toll free 800-275-5447) and we will call you back. We can even set up a face-to-face appointment via Zoom to discuss your application.