Artist Equity Grants

Provides up to $4,000 to aid Black, Indigenous, and other artists of color with projects that will advance their skills and artistic career.

Dozens of white rose-like flowers with pink edges and yellow centers on a framed assembly of birch branches and moss, lit from below.

Handmade paper flowers by Eva Lopez of Windom, MN.

Dates & Deadlines for FY 2025

(July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025)

Round 1

  • Request staff draft review by September 4, 2024
  • Application Deadline: September 18, 2024
  • Panel Review: October 15, 2024
  • Board Action: October 22, 2024
  • Earliest project start date:  November 1, 2024

Round 2

  • Request staff draft review by February 12, 2025
  • Application Deadline: February 26, 2025
  • Panel Review: March 18, 2025
  • Board Action: March 25, 2025
  • Earliest project start date:  April 1, 2025

How to Apply

Applicants may fill out and submit their application in several ways:

  • through our online grant system
  • in a Word document (see materials below), submitted by email to, along with required attachments
  • on paper with required attachments, submitted by mail (PO Box 55, Marshall, MN 56258) or contact us to arrange drop-off.

Contact us to request a paper application:, 800-622-5284.

Have questions or need help?

SW MN Arts Council grants administrator Caroline Koska is available to meet with you by phone, web conference or in person in Marshall to answer your questions on grant eligibility and using the application system or to review a draft of your application. 

Materials for FY 2025

(July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025)

FY 2025 Artist Equity Grant Guidelines

FY 2025 Application Questions (editable document for draft writing)

FY 2025 Scoring Criteria

FY 2025 Scoring Rubric

FY2025 Final Report Questions (editable document for draft writing)

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