Grants & Funding

Grants and Funding for Artists and Organizations

Our grant programs are an investment in the people, institutions, programs and projects that contribute to the health and well-being of our community at large. These funds make the arts more accessible, sustain a vibrant arts sector and recognize excellence in the arts.

Individual Arts Partnership Grants

Individual Arts Partnership (IAP) grants support artists and small musical ensembles and bands at any career stage, helping them realize their artistic vision, improve their artistic skills and build sustainable careers. A portion of IAP grants are funded by dollars from the Erin Koffler Memorial Fund, the Moorhead PEO and individual donors.

Individual Arts Partnership Grants – Winter 2022

LeslieAnne Buegel $2,500 to support a mural on the alley side of 123 Broadway, featuring paint and vinyl designs highlighting flora and fauna from the Red River Valley.

Donald Clark $1,500 toward his The Nature Writers Project to photograph the places that have influenced the lives and writings of both historic and contemporary nature/environmental writers.

Oscar DeLeon $2,500 toward a four-walled theatrical exhibition in North Dakota cities of seven film projects the director worked on in 2021.

Steven Hammer $1,400 toward an album of sound art, combining environmental field recordings set in North Dakota ghost towns with improvised electronic music composed on-site in real time.

Warren Kessler $2,450 to attend an intimate workshop with one of the most preeminent trompe l’oeil painters and instructors in the country.

Crystal Cossette Knight $1,650 to attend a silent retreat as research for her directorial debut of the Theatre B presentation of Small Mouth Sounds, a mostly silent play that takes place at a silent retreat.

Tim Lamey $1,400 to attend an advanced platinum printing workshop for photographers led by an expert practitioner and held at the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite.

Jen Nelson $1,750 toward a computer and software plus a class with a local photographer to ensure that the ceramicist is able to update and maintain her own online store.

Maranda Pedersen $2,100 to create a metal-work studio in her garage that meets safety regulations and provides space to create larger works and meet with commissioning clients.

Russ Peterson $1,750 toward the commissioning and recording of a piece for saxophone and piano from a local composer.

Malcolm Thompson $1,750 toward a workshop to study cloisonné and champleve jewelry techniques to further develop lines of original jewelry that evokes medieval artifacts.

Funding for Nonprofit Arts Organizations

City Arts Partnership Grants, funded by the Tri-Cities, provide foundational support for the Metro’s non-profit arts organizations, from its largest and longest-lived arts institutions to small grassroots organizations.  Together, these vital arts entities provide programs, performances and services that annually reach a regional audience of more than 750,000.

Other Funding

Choice Bank Arts Partnership Grants

The Choice Bank Arts Partnership Grants aspire to grow and cultivate community through the arts, primarily to benefit underserved populations. 

For Choice Bank, this program is a natural extension of their People First values. Committed to making genuine connections through passionate and empowered people, Choice believes that when all citizens have the opportunity to thrive, it strengthens the whole community.

The grants are meant to invest in organizations and projects that will use the arts to make a valuable commitment to and impact on their community/constituency. 

Funds for the program are provided by Choice Bank. The grants are meant for projects that: 

  • Provide seed money to use the arts to encourage new thinking about how to accomplish mission-related work.
  •  Involve partnership and collaboration with arts groups or individual artists or arts educators. 
  • Serve an underserved population or populations.

Applications are currently closed

Applications and other information will be communicated to TAP partners first before being announced to the general public. Become a partner to gain access to this and many other benefits of a TAP partner membership.

Tips and Tricks

At TAP, we try to make applying for grants as easy as possible for artists and arts organizations. As part of your partner benefits, you’ll have access to onsite subject matter experts, like Director of Operations Tania Blanich, who also hosts virtual information sessions before you submit your application.

Feel free to contact TAP early in the application process with questions or concerns. 

Whether or not you are a partner artists, grant programs include mandatory introductory meetings. These one-on-one guidance sessions provide you the opportunity to ask for clarification, but you may have additional questions as you write your grant. TAP’s Director of Operations will provide feedback on a draft application up until one week prior to the application deadline. 

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