Cultural Traditions in the Arts Grant Recipients Awarded in Region 2

On January 12, 2019, the Region 2 Arts Council Board of Directors granted $8,740 in Arts and Cultural Heritage funds to arts organizations, groups with a fiscal sponsor, schools, government or tribal offices, and non-profit institutions and organizations. These grants offer funding for arts projects and programming specifically meant to build bridges between Minnesotans through arts and culture that benefit Minnesotans of all ages across our five-county region.

Watermark Art Center was awarded $3,000 to host the annual Creative Spirit Fiber Festival featuring a vendor market, free and low-fee classes, and hands-on opportunities focused on traditional and contemporary fiber arts.

 Headwaters Music & Arts was awarded $3,000 to hold a 5-day fiddle camp for youth and adults focused on history and traditions of lumber camp songs.

 Native American Flute Festival was awarded $2,740 to host an evening of performance with music, storytelling, dancing, and drumming, as well as a one-day hands-on flute-making workshop.

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


Arts Access Grants for Small Towns

Arts Access Grants for Small Towns

Maximum Award: $6,000
Deadline: April 15, 2018 by 11:59 pm

These grants can support 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. These grants offer funding for a variety of arts projects and programming including costs associated with public art, arts festivals, exhibitions, presentations, or performances. Organizations or groups in towns with a population under 2,000 can apply for grants up to $6,000 to fund projects that would benefit the residents of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen Counties.

Applications are online.

For more information, or with questions, call Region 2 Arts Council at 218-751-5447 or toll-free at 800-275-5447. You can also email us at

This grant is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.


Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant Deadline: August 15, 2016

legacy_smlRegion 2 Arts Council has $62,249.00 in Arts and Cultural Heritage Funds available this fall for arts programming.

Non-profit organizations, schools, community ed programs, and government and tribal offices located in Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Clearwater, and Beltrami Counties are eligible to apply.

Attend a grant writing workshop and gain information and tips for

  • Choosing the best grant program for your arts project
  • Designing an arts project that will benefit you / your organization/ your community
  • Submitting Work Samples
  • Putting together a budget
  • Creating an evaluation that makes sense for you and those who benefit from your arts project

Workshop dates, times and locations:

  • July 13 – Fireside Patio and Grill on HWY 2 W. in Bagley; 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
  • July 20 – Coldwell Banker, 101 Main Avenue S.  in Park Rapids, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
  • July 21 – LOW Historical Society, 206 8th Avenue SE in Baudette, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
  • July 28 – Beltrami Electric Cooperative, 4111 Technology Dr NW, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
  • July 29 – Gizhiigin Arts, 202 South Main Street Mahnomen (Region 2 Arts Council will be presenting several grant opportunities workshops at the annual Community Art Summit)

Region 2 Arts Council staff is able to support your process, from idea inception to application submission. Contact us at or call 218 751-5447 / 800 275-5447 for assistance.

Create a login and get started today!

Drum roll please! It’s a New Fiscal Year for R2AC

R2ACLogo_Color_small…but before moving forward, let’s take a minute to look back at FY16:

Region 2 Arts Council awarded arts organizations, schools, and non-profit organizations a total of $202,377.00 in State and Legacy funds.  

The funding totals by county are

  • Beltrami County: $99,112
  • Clearwater County: $24,259
  • Hubbard County: $49,646
  • Lake of the Woods County: $23,960
  • Mahnomen County: $5,400

Region 2 Arts Council awarded Individual Artists a total of $48,805.00 in McKnight, Legacy, and State funds. The funding totals by grant program are

  • Individual Artist Grants: $18,132
  • Artist Career Development Fellowships: $12,000
  • Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grants: $9,313
  • Artist Mentor Grants: $4,800
  • Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants for Individuals: $3,000
  • Quick Grants for Artists: $1,560

These awards made possible by

  • the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund
  • an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s General Fund
  • and with funding from the McKnight Foundation

Thank you to our funders!



Come Visit Us at 303 Railroad Street SW in Bemidji!

The Rail River Folk School Building

We are settled into our new home in the Rail River Folk School warehouse building.  Stop in and see us, give us a call, or drop us a line to discuss grants!  Don’t forget our three upcoming deadlines on October 15: Quick Grants for Individual Artists and Non Profits, Arts Project Grants, and Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants for Schools.  We are here, ready to support you in your arts project planning.

Begin Your Online Grant Application TODAY!

image001It’s time to begin your online application for a Region 2 Arts Council/Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant. The SUBMISSION DEADLINE is 11:59 p.m. CST on AUGUST 15, 2015.

To review eligibility, instructions, and the application questions

  • Individual Artists: click here, (max $3000 request)
  • Organizations*: click here (max $6000 request)

Don’t miss out on this funding opportunity for arts projects and events that you are planning for the coming year. This grant funds

  • Arts programs and events that provide access to high quality art
  • Arts education activities and experiences, such as workshops, artist-in-residences, arts field trips
  • Arts and cultural heritage programs, projects, festivals, and events
  • Art Activity with a strong community focus!

Create a login and begin your application today! (Organizations will need their EIN number to create a login).

NOTE: For assured, thorough assistance with your application, please contact us two weeks prior to the deadline and ask us to look over your work. DO NOT SUBMIT your grant if you would like us to look things over. Call us at 218 751-5447 or mail us at and let us know

*Eligible organizations include non-profits, tribal and government entities, schools, or cultural groups located in our five-county region.

How to Write and Submit an Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant Application

Over the next two weeks, Region 2 Arts Council is offering a series of workshops and informational drop-in sessions to assist those in our region interested in submitting an Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant:

Arts & Cultural Heritage Grant Writing Workshops

  • Monday July 14 at the Region 2 Arts Council Office in Bemidji, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday July 22 at Coldwell Banker in Park Rapids, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Arts & Cultural Heritage Grant Informational Drop-in Sessions

  • Thursday July 17 at the Bagley Public Library, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Monday July 21 at the Region 2 Arts Council Office in Bemidji, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

The application deadline is August 14, 2014.

Individual artists can apply for up to $3,000 and organizations can apply for grants up to $6,000 in grant funds. This grant is open to artists in all art disciplines, arts organizations, schools, non-profits, government offices, or cultural heritage groups located in one of the following Minnesota counties: Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen. These grants support projects covering three key areas: Arts Activities and Arts Access, Arts Education, and Arts and Cultural Heritage.

Region 2 Arts Council staff is also happy to discuss the application process with you. Call us at (218) 751-5447 / (800) 275-5447 or email us at with questions, to set up an individual or group appointment, or to let us know you are coming to a workshop. Download the grant application form HERE.

Arts & Cultural Heritage Grants are funded through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on November 4, 2008 as part of the Clean Water, Land & Legacy Amendment.