Artist Grants

Early-Career Artist Research & Development Grant Overview

Deadline: October 17, 2017

This page contains information about Forecast’s Early-Career Artist Research & Development Grant. Please review application and eligibility requirements carefully. 


Grant Amount: $2,500

Application Deadline: October 17, 2017

Grant-Funded Period: January-November 2018

Grant Intentions: This grant supports public art R&D activities by MN-based early-career artists.


Grant Overview

This grant supports early-career artists in public art related research and development or with the planning phase of freely accessible public art installation or activity in Minnesota. Activities could range from research to planning, community dialogues, site or budget development or model building.

R+D grants may be used for the development of proposals for other public or nonprofit agencies, however, they may not be used for private commissions.

  • What is Public Art?  Broadly speaking, public art is artwork in the public realm, regardless of whether it is situated on public or private property, or whether it is supported through public or private funding. It can range from temporary to permanent work, murals to sculptures, interventions, performances, storytelling, iron pours, sound and light projects, dance and spoken word. It is free and accessible to all members of a community.
  • What is an Early-Career Artist? An early-career artist is considered as, “showing significant potential, yet…under recognized by their peers and arts professionals. Evidence of some professional achievement is expected but artists with an extensive record of accomplishment are not eligible.” Forecast’s early-career artist grants are funded by the Jerome Foundation and additional details regarding the early-career artist focus can be found here.


Application Process

  • Applications will only be accepted via the Submittable online application system. Click here to apply. (Application will be open starting September 1, 2017.)
  • Complete applications include the following: brief proposal overview (limit 75 words), proposal (limit 500 words), benefit to the community (250 words, early-career status (250 words), impact on career (250 words), experience page (limit 2 pages), work samples, and work sample information.

Application Materials

See our Selection Criteria (below) and visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for additional information regarding proposals and the selection process.

Research + Development Overview (limit 75 words):

Brief summary of the proposed grant activities. This will be used for reference during the panel review process and for public announcements if the application is awarded funding.

Research + Development Proposal (limit 500 words):

Describe your proposed research and development. What are you investigating? What do you hope to develop? Who are your collaborators/partners?

Benefit to the Community (limit 250 words):

How do you define community? What is your connection to that community? How does your work benefit that community and how could this grant help you enhance or increase that benefit? Community can be defined in a variety of ways and applicants should speak to how their work will benefit their defined community.

Early-Career Status (limit 250 words):

Describe your status as an early-career artist.

Impact on Artistic Development/Career (limit 250 words):

How will this project support or impact your artistic development/career?

Experience Page (limit 2 pages):

Upload a document (2 pages max) that lists 10 experiences you have had in your life that have influenced your artistic practice. Choose one experience and expand upon it in 250 words.

  • If the applicant is a collective or artist team, upload a experience page for each member (2 page max per person). Name file using the format LastName_ExperiencePage

Work Samples (limit 5 images):

Work samples are accepted for a range of media and are based on a limit of 5 images. Please see detailed work sample submission requirements below.

Applicants are allowed up to 5 images. Applicants choosing to submit sample types other than images should use the following guidelines:

  • 1 image = 30 seconds of video/audio = half a page of written work (poetry, prose, fiction, etc.)
  • Select examples of allowed work samples include:
    • 5 images OR
    • 3 images and video/audio samples up to 1 minute OR
    • 2.5 minutes of video/audio samples OR
    • 2 pages of written work samples and 1 image, etc.
  • If submitting images:
    • Limit of 5 images, if images are the only work sample type submitted.
  • If submitting video/audio:
    • Limit of 2.5 minutes total of video/audio if video/audio samples are the only work sample types submitted. Samples may be split into multiple video/audio files, however, the total length must stay within work sample allowances.
    • Video/Audio samples must be edited to fit within length limits. Forecast will not accept video/audio samples that exceed the total length limits stated above.
    • Edit and organize video/audio samples mindfully – do note that panelists may not watch video/audio submissions in their entirety. Keeping individual video/audio samples to a 30 second-2 minute limit will make it more likely that jurors will experience the particular sections you would most like them to review.
  • If submitting written work samples:
    • Limit of 2.5 written pages if written work is the only work sample type submitted.
    • PDF documents are preferred.
    • Edit and format mindfully – do note that panelists may skim longer text submissions.

Formats other than those listed above are discouraged, but may be accepted on a case-by-case basis, if approved prior to our application deadline. Email with any questions.

Work Sample Information

When uploading materials to Submittable, you will be asked to share basic project information, including: title, year, medium, location, temporary / permanent (or duration for performative work), and dimensions (if applicable). Applicants may also include brief additional information as necessary.

Selection Criteria & Descriptions

  • Quality & Clarity of Proposal – the strength of the proposed idea, clear consideration of of the scope of work proposed and the applicant’s ability to see it through to completion.
  • Value of Project to Artist’s Development – applicants for this opportunity must be early-career artists and show potential for development, innovation, deepened practice, or new growth.
  • Benefit to the Community – This can take many forms from enjoyment to beautification, civic engagement, filling a need or meaningful collaboration. Community can be defined in a variety of ways and applicants should speak to how their work will benefit their defined community.
  • Quality of Work Samples – This criteria relates both the quality of the work shared as well as the degree to which the work samples support the artist’s ability to complete the proposed work.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Ineligible or incomplete proposals will not be forwarded for panel review. Please note that failure to follow application instructions may result in your application being deemed ineligible.
  • Click here to review eligibility requirements before beginning the application process.


  • Visit our Grantee Vimeo Channel to watch short documentaries highlighting previously funded projects.
  • Read our Grant Tips to strengthen your application.
  • Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for information about proposed work, Forecast’s grant program and our selection process.


Staff Help

  • Attend a Grant Information Session to learn more about grant opportunities:

September 14 and September 20, 2017, 6-7 p.m. RSVP HERE.


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