Arts Learning Grant Info Session is September 29

Please join us as we share aspects of the Arts Learning Grant application form, speak to elements of a strong application, review budget sheets, and answer all your questions. This is an online information session via Zoom and can be attended via phone or computer. Pre-registration is required to receive meeting details.

Information Session
September 29 – 3:30 p.m.

Region 2 Arts Council Arts Learning Grants are made possible by the voters of Minnesota thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund


Arts Learning grants are open to public and charter schools*, community education programs, local government and tribal entities, and any nonprofits or groups with a fiscal sponsor providing quality arts education programming. These grants support high-quality arts education for Minnesotans of all ages to develop knowledge, skills, and understanding of the arts. Funded arts activities must be open to the general public.
*Parochial schools are ineligible.

Application Deadline: October 15, 2021

Maximum Award: $6,000 (No Cash Match required this year)

Need more information? Have questions?

CALL: 218-751-5447 / 800-275-5447

TEXT: 218-407-2507

Region 2 Arts Council Arts Learning Grants are made possible by the voters of Minnesota thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund


Quick reminder that applications for Arts Access Grants (for organizations) and the R2AC Artist Fellowship (for artists) are both due September 15th.

Missed the Information Sessions? Want to learn more?
Click the links below!

Integrated Art Group, is partnering with Essentia Health – Vision Northland to develop an engaging art collection that includes local and regional artists while reflecting the values of Essentia Health. Call is for local and regional artists to submit works for potential inclusion. Artists must reside in or have ties to Minnesota, Northern Wisconsin, or the Dakotas.

Preliminary submissions are due September 15

Information Sessions this week!

Are you an artist looking for funding opportunities?

Are you an organization interested in offering arts-based programming or events?

Applications are now open for our R2AC Artist Fellowship and our Arts Access Grant for organizations.

Online Information sessions are happening this week (via Zoom). Pre-register to receive meeting details and join us by phone or computer. See below for details:

R2AC Artist Fellowship
September 1
1:00 PM

Pre-register here:

Arts Access Grant
September 2
3:00 PM

Pre-register here:

The R2AC Artist Fellowship program is made possible with funding from the McKnight Foundation

Arts Access Grants are  made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund

Need help to register? Call, text or email us!
CALL: 218-751-5447 or 800-275-5447
TEXT: 218-407-2507

Funding for organizations – deadlines are coming up!

A quick reminder that there are currently two funding opportunities available for organizations, one from the NEA and one from MSAB. One deadline is coming up this week!

The NEA opened applications to the arts and culture sector to keep the doors open to nonprofit organizations nationwide.
The application deadline for arts and cultural organizations is August 12, 2021.

Read the organization guidelines for full details.
Organizations must be a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), local education agencies (school districts), U.S. organization or a federally recognized tribal community or tribe.

Minnesota State Arts Board offers its Creative Support for Organizations

Maximum Award: $25,000
Final Grant Deadline: October 1

These grants are designed to support arts organizations, and nonarts organizations that regularly offer arts programming, as they rebuild, reimagine, and continue to adapt their arts programming in response to the changing environment caused by the global pandemic.

MSAB Funding for Individual Artists

Creative Support for Individuals
Maximum Award: $6,000
Application deadline: August 6 by 4:30 p.m.

These grants are flexible and meant to help artists and culture bearers adapt to a changing and challenging environment in which to work. By using their creativity and connection to community, this grant program will help Minnesota artists and culture bearers maintain their visibility and financial sustainability.

Grantees will be able to use funds to sustain their practice and stay relevant and connected to audiences, participants, students, or communities now and in the future.

Webinar – Funding for creative organizations

Are you part of a nonprofit organization that has done arts programming in the past three years? Your organization may be eligible for a grant of up to $150,000 general operations funds through the American Rescue Plan

Special Webinar: Tuesday, July 20 – 1pm CT/2pm ET

Features speakers from the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Midwest, and Welcoming America.

If you are interested in this opportunity but are unable to attend the webinar, we encourage you to still sign up. The webinar recording and additional resources will be emailed to all registrants within 48 hours.

New funding for arts organizations

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEAannounced two new grant program guidelines to distribute approximately $80 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds directly to nonprofit arts and culture organizations and to local arts agencies to subgrant deeper into communities across the country. The NEA is providing robust technical assistance and Americans for the Arts will be hosting an ArtsU free webinar (see below) to provide additional assistance with speakers from the NEA.

If you represent a nonprofit arts or culture organization, please register now for the ArtsU Free Webinar on Tuesday, July 6th @ 3:00pm ET to learn more about the specific guidelines for this program.

Applicants for this new grant program will NOT have to be a previous NEA grantee to be eligible to apply. There is a quick turnaround time for submitting applications.

If you have more federal COVID-19 relief questions, including the latest on Shuttered Venues Operator Grants, please join Nina Ozlu Tunceli at her next weekly Zoom Office Hours on Friday, June 25th @ 11:00 am ET to ask questions and share experiences.