Springboard is now accepting applications for the 2022-24 Rural Regenerator Fellowship. Applications are due Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at 11:59pm

From drastically shifting economies, increasing diversity and aging populations, to the effects of climate change and COVID, rural places in the Upper Midwest need leaders who know the importance of creativity and culture in cultivating human-centered systems for rural community health, economic vitality, and civic engagement. Springboard’s Rural Regenerator Fellowship, launched in 2021, supports these leaders through unrestricted funding, and ongoing learning and exchange.

About the Fellowship
The Rural Regenerator Fellowship brings together individual artists, makers, and culture bearers, grassroots organizers, community development workers, public sector workers and other rural changemakers who are committed to advancing the role of art, culture and creativity in rural development and community building. Fellows participate in two years of peer learning and exchange, receive ongoing support for their community work through 1:1 coaching and technical assistance, and receive an unrestricted $10,000 stipend.

Applications for our 2022-24 cohort will open in mid-April, 2022. 8-10 Fellows will be selected from communities of 50,000 people or fewer across the Upper Midwest (Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois and the Native Nations that serve those geographies). Fellows will be selected based on their demonstrated commitment and passion for rural art, culture and creativity, their interest in exchanging ideas and learning with other Fellows, and their vision and ideas for the future of rural places. People who are Black, Indigenous, Native, People of Color, LGBTQIA+, and/or people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply, and will be prioritized in the selection process.

The Rural Regenerator Fellowship was launched in 2021, expanding on Springboard’s 10 years of rural programming. To read about the 2021-23 Rural Regenerator Fellows, click here.

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