BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation, is now offering 2021 grant and scholarship opportunities.

This grant and scholarship program supports the mission of the BAAE, which is to “create a community in which the arts flourish and enhance our lives,” a release said.

Schools, nonprofit groups or arts organizations in the Bemidji area may request a grant of up to $1,500 from the BAAE Arts Project Grant fund to produce an arts event, put on a workshop, develop art organizations, sponsor touring arts events, sponsor an artist in residence, etc. Applicants that are not schools or 501(c) 3 organizations must use a fiscal agent, the release said.

The Everett Wilimek Endowment for Orchestral String Studies will also be awarded. Each year the fund provides scholarships for young people from the Bemidji area, ages 8 to 15, to study violin, viola, cello or bass, including but not limited to costs for lessons, training and instrument rental. Two $250 scholarships will be awarded.

The application deadline is May 7.

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For scholarship eligibility information, contact Chris at (218) 759-2057. For questions about available scholarships or how to start a scholarship fund, visit