Individual Artist Fellowship


The Individual Artist Fellowship grant program is designed to support outstanding and established practicing individual artists residing in North Dakota. Two fellowships of $5,000 are annually awarded for projects that will enhance or expand the applicant's artistic skills and/or process and help the artist generate greater visibility and exposure to potential audiences.

Each proposal must include three live, in person, community components in at least two of the eight North Dakota Regions that will provide greater visibility for the artist's work and promote meaningful engagement between the artist and North Dakota audiences. A public performance, exhibition, reading, open workshop, or demonstration that the public can attend, are some examples of possible community components. Proposed activities are to also engage diverse audiences and communities.

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

Eligible Disciplines for FY23

  • Music and Literature Arts (all forms, including traditional)
    Includes: Composers, sound artists, fiction writers (including children’s literature genre), and poets; this includes traditional music and traditional oral/written genres.

*The eligible disciplines rotate every 3 years. Last fiscal year 2022, the disciplines were Visual and Media Arts. Next fiscal year 2024, the eligible disciplines will be Theatre, Dance and Folk/Traditional Arts.

Application Deadline

  • Before 11:59 pm (CST) on Friday, April 15, 2022
  • Draft Review Application Deadline - Friday, March 18, 2022 – before 11:59 pm (CST)

For Project Dates

  • July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023

Grant Award Range

  • $5,000 maximum request
  • No matching funds are required for this program

For Questions or Assistance

Contact Program Officer Rhea Beto | | (701) 328-7594

Program Overview and Application Instructions

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

Required Downloads
Who Can Apply

Eligible Individual Artist Applicants Must:

  • Be pursuing original artwork on an ongoing basis within an artistic discipline;
  • Be the originator of the work, not an interpreter of the work of others;
  • Be a United States citizen or have attained permanent resident status;
  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Be a North Dakota resident as of January 1, 2022 and continue to reside in North Dakota throughout the contract period;
  • Cannot be enrolled as a student in any high school, college, or university at the time of application.
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.

Previous Grants Awarded