2020-2021 Artist Relief Grant

Award: $500

ROUND 1:   This grant is closed. All funds have been awarded.
July 31, 2020 (8 a.m.)
Closed: July 31, 2020 (5 p.m.)

ROUND 2: This grant is now closed. All funds have been awarded.
August 31, 2020 (8 a.m.)
Closes: When all funds have been awarded OR on September 15, 2020 at 11:45 p.m. (whichever comes first)

IMPORTANT: Funds are limited. Grants are awarded based on submission order. Submitted applications that are eligible and complete will be placed in order based on their submission and postmark dates/times. Any incomplete applications will be placed in order only once they are complete.  

The 2020-2021 Artist Relief Grant is open to artists whose anticipated arts income has been impacted due to COVID-19. All eligible artists must rely on the creation of art to generate income and have no overdue final reports with Region 2 Arts Council.

Since March 2020, income generating activity for artists has been cut off or greatly altered due to COVID-19. Our Region 2 Artist Relief Grant, made possible with funding from the McKnight Foundation, is meant to offer some relief for artists whose anticipated income from March onward has been cut short.

Who is Eligible?
This grant is for working artists who have/ have had a marketable presence as an artist. Eligible artists must be Minnesota residents who are 18 years or older and live in our five-county region comprised of Beltrami, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Hubbard Counties.

For this relief grant, we are also inviting Minnesota residents who are enrolled tribal members and descendants living in Itasca, Roseau, Cass, and Becker Counties (our additional Anishinaabe Arts Initiative counties). If you have questions you can contact us to discuss eligibility. Click here to read complete eligibility guidelines.

All eligible artists must:

  • Be in good standing with Region 2 Arts Council (no overdue final reports)**
  • Rely on the creation of art for a portion of their income
  • Have lost/will lose income due to COVID-19 impacts

 **NOTE: Artists who have overdue final grant reports, and are therefore not eligible in round one, may complete their final reports and become eligible for the 2nd round of Relief Grant funding.

How to Apply?

Beginning with the opening date of the grant round (1 or 2), complete and submit a relief grant application. Once the grant round opens, applications may also be downloaded below and submitted by mail. Click here to read Grant Procedures.

Create a login to apply online when the grant opens

Download a paper grant application

OR if you’d like a paper application sent to you in the mail, contact  staff@r2arts.org  or 218 751-5447 / 800 275-5447.

Watch a tutorial on how to start an online application

2020-2021 Artist Relief Grant Application (Sample only – cannot be submitted)

R2AC staff are working from home, but we are still here to help! Email staff@r2arts.org to ask questions or to receive help with your application. We can help resize images, create pdfs, walk you through putting your video work sample on YouTube, accept paper applications or images and documents for paper grant applications, or talk with you about your grant application if you have concerns.