Special Projects


Special Projects is a grant program that provides up to $1,250 for North Dakota groups to initiate new art events of all disciplines/forms utilizing North Dakota or non-North Dakota touring artist and groups.

Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the Program Overview and Application Instructions, then call the program officer prior to beginning an application.

Application Deadlines - FY22

  • Round 1: 11:59 pm CST, Tuesday, May 18, 2021
    For project dates between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022
  • Round 2: 11:59 pm CST, Tuesday, July 20, 2021
    For project dates between September 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022
  • Round 3: 11:59 pm CST, Tuesday, September 21, 2021
    For project dates between November 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022
  • Round 4: 11:59 pm CST, Tuesday, November 23, 2021
    For project dates between January 1, 2022 – June 30, 2022
  • Round 5: 11:59 pm CST, Tuesday, January 18, 2022
    For project dates between March 1, 2022 and June 30, 2022
  • Round 6: 11:59 pm CST, Tuesday, March 22, 2022
    For project dates between May 1, 2022 and June 30, 2022

Grant Award Range

  • $1,250 maximum request
  • A 1:1 match is required

For Questions or Assistance

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

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:

  • North Dakota State tax-exempt nonprofit arts organization
  • Federally tax-exempt nonprofit arts organization
  • Federally tax-exempt non-arts organizations and community education units - Arts budgets must be isolated from the larger entity’s budget
  • Public Entity such as a unit of state, local, or tribal government
  • An affiliate arts presenting or producing organization hosted within a North Dakota 501(c)(3) tax-exempt institution or public institution that meets the requirements of an arts affiliate - An affiliate and its host organization may not both apply for a grant.
  • Fiscally sponsored groups with arts projects - A fiscally sponsored group must be comprised of at least three people, have an advisory committee of at least three people that is responsible for oversight of project and grant funds, and a fiscal sponsor. Fiscal sponsors must be registered with the IRS as a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Applicants applying with a fiscal sponsor are required to provide a signed fiscal sponsorship agreement and the fiscal sponsor’s IRS recognition letter. For more information, visit arts.nd.gov/sites/www/files/documents/grants/FiscalSponsorshipNDCA.pdf.

And All Applicants Must:

  • Be physically located in North Dakota, Moorhead, MN, or East Grand Forks, MN
  • Have majority of arts programming, services, or activities take place in North Dakota
  • Primarily serve and engage North Dakota audiences and participants
How to Apply

Application Method

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

To apply online, go to grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=ndca


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

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