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 2022 Grant Calendar

Applicants may fill out and submit their application in several ways:
• through our online grant system
• in a Word document, submitted by email to, along with required attachments
• on paper with required attachments, submitted by mail or dropped off at our office:

SW MN Arts Council
PO Box 55
114 N 3rd St.
Marshall, MN 56258

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


Brightly colored pair of beaded moccasins. The main body of each moccasins has a green background with a pattern of multi-colored concentric diamonds. The top of each moccasins has a cuff of natural leather.

Artist Equity Grants

Provides up to $4,000 to aid Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other artists of color with projects  that will advance their skills and artistic careers.  No match requirements.

Watercolor painting in shades of blue and green of a rural landscape with silos, trees, and a stormy sky.

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.

Artwork by Eva Margaret of Willmar, MN. Oil on paperclay, wood panel, paint markers. Of a man's face and abstract shapes behind him.

Individual Artists: Emerging & Established Career Grants

Provides up to $2,500 to emerging artists and $7,000 to established career artists for projects that will advance their skills and artistic careers.  No match requirements.

Individual Artist: Community Collaboration Grants

Provides up to $10,000 to artists to create a major new work, while collaborating with the community, introducing community members to the arts in a new way.  No match requirements.

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. Standard weekly lessons (such as piano or voice lessons) are allowed only for those students who qualify for the federal free or reduced lunch program.  Arts supplies costs are allowed for students attending a MN public arts high school.  No match requirements.

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