Individual Artists

Our goal is to provide resources and recognition to regional artists that will allow their work to develop and evolve. It is our intent to inspire creativity in its unique and true state without consideration of what is saleable.  Individual Artist grant programs are designed to aid in the career development and arts activities of artists living and working in the eighteen counties of southwestern Minnesota served by the SW MN Arts Council and to aid the development of young artists.

Individual Artist grants are made possible by a grant from the McKnight Foundation and by the voters of Minnesota thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

FY 2023 Grant Calendar



Photo of a musician in his recording studio

Artist Growth Grants

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

Beaded floral design in red, green, and blue on a black background

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.



Filming a winter scene with several people around a campfire

Quick Support for Artists

Provides artists with up to $1,000 for activities such as purchasing supplies, attending classes, and small artist-led community projects.

Painting of feathers radiating out from the sun, interspersed with stylized horses

Advanced Artist Fellowship

Provides up to $7,000 in project funds to established advanced artists who exhibit creative excellence, a substantial body of work, and significant recognition of their artistic accomplishments.  Two fellowships awarded per year.

Pottery by student artist Isaac Brouwer. Two bowls, beige.

Art Study Opportunity for Youth Grants

Provides up to $500 to allow young artists entering grades 5 – 12 to attend an enrichment camp or specialty study. Costs for standard weekly lessons (such as piano or voice lessons) are allowed for students who qualify for the federal free or reduced lunch program.

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