Artist Growth Grants

Provides up to $4,000 to artists at any career stage for projects that will advance their skills and artistic career.

A smiling man stands behind a booth that holds stacks of his novels. Behind him are rows of more booths and people having conversations.

Forrest Peterson of Willmar, MN attends the Des Moines Book Festival.

Dates & Deadlines for FY 2025

(July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025 )

Round 1

  • Request staff draft review by October 2, 2024
  • Application Deadline: October 16, 2024
  • Panel Review: November 9, 2024
  • Board Action: November 26, 2024
  • Earliest project start date:  December 1, 2024

Round 2

  • Request staff draft review by April 2, 2025
  • Application Deadline: April 16, 2025
  • Panel Review: May 17, 2025
  • Board Action: May 27, 2025
  • Earliest project start date:  June 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 Growth Grant Guidelines

FY 2025 Application Questions  (editable document for draft writing)

FY 2025 Scoring Criteria

FY 2025 Scoring Rubric

FY 2025 Final Report Questions (editable document for draft writing)

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