Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program


The Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship program honors and encourages the preservation of North Dakota's diverse living traditions by providing funding up to $4,500 for master traditional artists to pass their skills and knowledge to apprentice(s) over an extended period of time.

Traditional and folk arts are shared creative expressions of identity passed from generation to generation within a family, community, region, tribe, ethnic group, occupation, or religion. Forms of traditional expression include craft, technical skill, music, dance, and ritual celebration which are usually passed from one individual to another informally, by word of mouth or by example.

Master artists may submit more than one application, particularly for situations where a master artist is applying to teach different art forms or if the teaching situation is more appropriate for individual instruction in the same art form.    

Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the Program Overview and Application Instructions, then contact the program officer to discuss the proposal prior to starting an application, especially if a first-time applicant.

Application Deadline - FY24

  • Before 11:59 pm (CST) on Monday, April 17, 2023
    The application deadline has passed. The next round of applications will be available in February 2024.

For Project Dates between

  • July 1, 2023 – April 30, 2024

Grant Award Range

  • $4,500 maximum request

For Questions or Assistance

Contact Program Officer and State Folklorist Troyd Geist | | (701) 866-0959

Program Overview and Application Instructions

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

Who Can Apply

Master Artists

  • Are individual artists who are among the finest tradition bearers in their respective communities or regions;
  • Must be at least 18 years of age;
  • Must be a North Dakota resident or from neighboring states;
  • Must be a United States citizen or have attained permanent resident status.


  • Are individual artists who should already possess some skills in the traditional art they wish to study;
  • Must demonstrate a commitment to mastery of the art;
  • Must be a North Dakota resident for at least two years prior to the start of apprenticeship activity and continue to reside in North Dakota throughout the contract period;
  • Must be a United States citizen or have attained permanent resident status.
How to Apply

Application Method


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

To apply online, go to


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

By Mail

The preferred method of submission is online. If necessary, applications can be printed and sent by mail. Download Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship FY24 application or contact Program Officer, Troyd Geist at or (701) 866-0959.