Special Projects


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

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 - FY22

  • 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

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

Program Overview and Application Instructions

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:

  • Individual artist
  • 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. An arts affiliate is a distinct program or division within a public or 501(c)(3) nonprofit nonarts organization (such as an arts division of a city or tribal government, a public or nonprofit college or university, or a community service nonprofit) that provides arts programming or services that primarily serve the general public. It has a distinct and separate budget from the host organization for arts programming with multiple charitable sources.
  • 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. For more information, visit arts.nd.gov/sites/www/files/documents/grants/FiscalSponsorshipNDCA.pdf.

Additional Eligibility Guidelines for Individual Artists

  • 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 and continue to reside in North Dakota throughout the contract period;
  • Cannot be enrolled as a full-time student.

Additional Eligibility Guidelines for Organizations

  • 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.
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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