Professional Development

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Professional Development (PD) is a reimbursement grant program that provides up to $1,000 for North Dakota nonprofit art organizations, educational institutions, and individual artists and art educators to engage in arts-related learning activities. Proposed activities can be in the United States or international.

Note: There is limited funding available for this program. Early submission of applications is highly recommended. Applications are reviewed and grants awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis and it is not guaranteed that funds will be available for all the panel dates listed.

Application Deadlines:

  • Round 3: 11:59 pm CST, Thursday, September 2, 2021
    For project dates between November 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022
  • Round 4: 11:59 pm CST, Thursday, October 28, 2021
    For project dates between January 1, 2022 – June 30, 2022
  • Round 5: 11:59 pm CST, Thursday, January 6, 2022
    For project dates between March 1, 2022 and June 30, 2022
  • Round 6: 11:59 pm CST, Thursday, March 10, 2022
    For project dates between May 1, 2022 and June 30, 2022

Grant Award Range

  • May not exceed $1,000 or 80% of the total project cash expenses, whichever is less.
  • A 20% match is required

For Assistance

Contact Program Officer Vanessa Voskuil | vvoskuil@nd.gov | (701) 328-7591

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Program Overview and Application Guidelines

All applicants should read these documents thoroughly before beginning the application form.

Downloads Required for Application
Who Can Apply

Applicants must be one of the following: 

  • An individual artist
  • An arts educator
  • A North Dakota state tax-exempt nonprofit arts organization
  • A Federally tax-exempt nonprofit arts organization
  • A North Dakota public education institution. Arts budgets must be isolated from the larger entity’s budget and have an advisory committee for the proposed project.

Additional Eligibility Guidelines for Individual Artists and Arts Educators

  • Be a United States citizen or have attained permanent resident status;
  • Be at least 18 years of age on the application’s due date;
  • Be a North Dakota resident for at least one year prior to the application’s due date and continue to reside in North Dakota throughout the contract period;
  • Cannot be enrolled as a full-time student.

Additional Eligibility Guidelines for Nonprofit Arts Organizations

  • Arts organizations must be physically located in North Dakota, Moorhead, MN, or East Grand Forks, MN.
  • Majority of arts programming, services, or activities must take place in North Dakota, and primarily serve and engage North Dakota audiences and participants.
  • The applicant’s staff members, board members, and/or volunteers, who will benefit from the program’s funds, must be at least 18 years of age on the application’s due date.
  • The applicant’s staff members, board members, and/or volunteers, who will benefit from the program’s funds, cannot be enrolled as a full-time student.
How to Apply

Application Method

Grant applications are submitted online through the NDCA online grant system.

Tutorials

The tutorials below guide new users through the online registration process and illustrates how to apply and use the system.

Recent Grants Awarded

Previously funded applications