R2AC Fellowship Award

Note: The R2AC Artist Fellowship Award has been suspended for FY21; funds that would typically be used to support this award will be used to open a Region 2 Arts Council Artist Relief Grant this year.  We hope to re-open the R2AC Artist Fellowship Award in FY22.

Maximum Award: $6,000
September 15, 2019 by 11:45 pm
Artist Panel Review Date: October 12, 2019
Final Approval Date: October 21, 2019
Earliest Start Date: November 20, 2019

Online grants open for application approximately one month before the deadline date.



The R2AC Fellowship Award is made possible the by generous support of the McKnight Foundation to provide unfettered funding to individual artists to fuel their art in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Mahnomen, and Lake of the Woods counties in Minnesota.

The goal of the Region 2 Arts Council (R2AC) Fellowship Program is to assist the region’s most talented artists in furthering and innovating their work by awarding financial support to fund creative time and/or arts experiences that facilitate depth and advancement in their art form. Through such support, the R2AC aims to award artistic excellence and elevate the quality of artistic work in our region. This Fellowship is intended for dedicated artists that have created a substantial independent body of work, have received recognition for their work through development, production, or publishing opportunities or awards, and whose work has been selected for solo exhibitions, commissions, presentations, readings, or performances.

Two $6,000 awards will be granted yearly.  The funds can be used for, but not limited to:

  • Exploring new directions or continuing work in progress
  • Production costs, materials, or equipment
  • Collaborative or community projects
  • Travel, research or study to further your art

Watch a tutorial video on how to start an application

Create a Login and apply online

Open to individual artists in all art disciplines. 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 work samples (Work Sample Submission Policy), and resumes.

Sample R2AC Artist Fellowship Responses

R2AC Artist Fellowship Sample packet: responses that work

FY20 R2AC Artist Fellowship application (Sample only – cannot be submitted – only online submissions are accepted)

FY10 Deadline: January 13, 2010
The R2AC/McKnight Grants for Arts Organizations program receives funding from the McKnight Foundation. Eligible projects include arts production and sponsorship activities as well as small capital purchases.
These grants are only available to non-profit 501(c)3 arts organizations that are in Region 2. The five-county Region 2 area includes Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen counties.FY10 Deadline: January 13, 2