Young Artist Grant

Maximum Award: $600
Deadline: February 15, 2022 by 11:45 pm
Opening Date for Online Application: January 15, 2022
Recommendation Deadline: February 25, 2022 by 5:00 pm
Review Date: March 12, 2022
Earliest Start Date:
April 1, 2022
Mandatory End Date: April 1, 2023

The Young Artist Grant program is for 8th-12th grade students who have a strong interest in the arts and reside in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen counties. Students who are singers, musicians, writers, media artists, performers, visual artists and craftspeople are welcome to apply! Grant recipients are reimbursed up to $600 for costs associated with arts instruction/mentorship, arts classes/camps/workshops in the state of Minnesota, and some related travel expenses or materials. Read below for details regarding the reimbursement process.

Create a Login and apply online

Check out the eligibility questions. If you can answer true to all these questions, then you should be eligible to apply. If you answer false to one of the questions, or have questions of your own, contact us to discuss eligibility.

The Grant Application
The online grant application will ask a series of questions – eligibility questions, questions about demographics which we use for reporting to the Minnesota State Arts Board (see our Data Privacy Policy), and questions based on our scoring criteria (view rubric). There are also pieces needed for the grant application which you should gather before you apply, such as samples of the student’s artistic work, an artist statement, a student recommendation form, and if you are working with an artist mentor/instructor you will need samples of their artistic work, as well as a letter or email stating your agreement to work together.

Last Year’s Young Artist Grant Application (Sample only – cannot be submitted – only online submissions are accepted)

Watch a tutorial video on how to begin the online application

This is a Reimbursement Program
Student recipients are awarded funds through reimbursement and have one year within which to use the funds. Mentoring, lessons, arts experiences and related expenses will be paid by the student/family in advance. Over the course of 12 months, students/families may submit up to 4 receipts or invoices to Region 2 Arts Council to receive reimbursement for up to $600 of their arts experience. As part of the maximum $600 grant award, students may ask for reimbursement up to $100 for travel expenses, including mileage at current IRS rate, lodging, and/or meals, and may ask for reimbursement up to $50 for arts materials such as reeds, sheet music, paints, brushes, etc.

Please contact the Region 2 Arts Council (218-751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447) to discuss options if this payment system would cause financial hardship for your family.