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Career development grants available for area artists

Any individual artist living in the Lakes Region Arts Council (LRAC) region is invited to participate in the upcoming Career Development grant round.

The purpose of the Career Development Grant Program is to provide financial support to artists committed to advancing their careers.

Applicants may request up to $1,200 for specific projects that contribute directly to their growth and development as professional artists, especially if the project expands the artist's present work in a specific way.

Applications are encouraged from individuals in all art disciplines from the nine-county LRAC region of Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, and Wilkin counties.

Current grant guidelines and applications are available at For additional information, call (218) 739-5780 or toll free in Minnesota at 1-800-262-2787 or e-mail (preferred)

Important dates:

•October 5, 2010 is application deadline. To be eligible for consideration, applications must be submitted online by midnight, October 5, 2010.

Applicants should be sure to use only current guidelines and the online application process. For technical assistance or grant development consultation services, contact LRAC for an appointment with Betsy Ostenson, grant manager, by October 1, 2010. There will be no further changes or corrections made to the grant application when it is received on or after the deadline date.

•November 16, 2010 is grant review day.

All applications will be reviewed and funding decisions made by the LRAC board on this date. Grant activity may not commence prior to the grant review date.