Individual Artist Grant

This grant program awards an artist or group of artists with a grant of up to $3,000 in an effort to promote the arts in accordance with the NAC's mission to develop and sponsor art and cultural programs.

The Northern Arts Council is excited to announce the Individual Artist Grant Program, an initiative designed to assist emerging visual artists from Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties. This grant program awards an artist or group of artists with a grant of up to $3,000 in an effort to promote the arts in accordance with the NAC's mission to develop and sponsor art and cultural programs.

The NAC seeks to award visual artists who demonstrate a financial need as well as a commitment to their careers and artistic communities. The funding is intended to further a recipient's artistic practice, encourage career sustainability, and expand their artistic exposure in the community. Applicants cannot be enrolled in a degree seeking program or utilize grant funds for business purposesApplicants must be 18 years or older.

A primary purpose of this grant program is to provide artists with access to opportunities that can affect positive change in their lives, and in turn, the field at large. As an organization that values cultural diversity, we hope through this new initiative to benefit a population of artists who may be in need of financial assistance. We encourage a broad group of artists and a diversity of practices in all areas of visual arts and artistic practice.

Artist applicants for each grant cycle must submit a completed application containing a narrative of introduction, images of previous works or works in progress, a description of current work related to the grant award, and an explanation of financial need (how the grant monies will be utilized). The recipient of the grant will be determined, based on the applications submitted, by the NAC Executive Board.

Applications for this grant will be accepted between October 1st, 2020 and March 31st, 2021. Notifications will be sent by email after the Northern Arts Council's April, 2021 meeting.

Email any questions to: [email protected].

How to Apply:

Email the following to [email protected] (please include Individual Artist Grant Program in the subject line):

In a PDF file:

  • Your name, mailing address, email address, website (if applicable), and telephone number.
  • I short one paragraph bio describing the history of your artistic practice.
  • A description of your proposed project and how you think this grant would forward your development as an artist.
  • An artist resume/cv detailing your education, exhibition history, honors and awards, and press.
  • Artists submitting video should provide links (youtube, vimeo, etc.)

In JPEG format:

  • 10 samples of your work. Images should be 300 dpi and measure no more than 1800 pixels on their longest side. (or links to 5 samples for audio or video based work)