Springboard for the Arts is excited to announce that applications are now open for the 2023-25 Rural Regenerator Fellowship!

Rural places need leaders who know the importance of creativity and culture in cultivating human-centered systems for rural community health, economic vitality, and civic engagement. Expanding on over a decade of rural programming, Springboard’s Rural Regenerator Fellowship supports these creative leaders in the Upper Midwest through unrestricted funding, and ongoing learning and exchange.

The Fellowship is open to individual artists, makers, and culture bearers, grassroots organizers, community development workers, public sector workers and other rural change makers who are committed to advancing the role of art, culture and creativity in rural development and community building. We are also thrilled to share that our we’ve added two new eligible states this year, Kansas and Nebraska!

About the Fellowship:

  • Fellows participate in two years of peer learning and exchange, and receive an unrestricted $10,000 stipend. 
  • Eligible applicants must live and work in a rural place in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, or Nebraska and/or the Native Nations that share those geographies.
  • Applicants who are Black, Indigenous, Native, People of Color, LGBTQIA+, and/or People with disabilities will be prioritized in the selection process.

Apply by Tuesday, June 20, 2023 at:


Watch the Info Session!

Watch a recording of the staff Info Session that took place on Friday, May 5, 2023.