Access Funds

Year-Long Writing Project Access Funds

The Loft offers Access Funding for our year-long writing projects. Learn more here

Youth Access Funds

The Loft is pleased to announce our partnership with Minnesota Afterschool Advance will offer access funding to our youth writing camps and classes this summer. Access Funds through Minnesota Afterschool Advance (MAA) reduce the cost of class tuition by 75%. For more information, and to access the access fund application, please visit MAA’s website here.

All Loft writing classes can be viewed here. The links for the specific grade levels are below.

Grades 10 to 12:

Grades 7 to 9:

Grades 4 to 6:

Grades 1 to 3:

Please contact the Loft’s education department at 612-379-8999 or or Youth Program Manager Lucia LoTempio,, if you have any questions regarding youth access funding through MAA.


Adult Access Funds

Adult Winter/Spring access fund applications are live on Submittable as of Wednesday, January 4, 2022. The applications will close on Saturday, April 29th at 11:59 p.m. CT. You can apply here.

For the fall, the Loft will be shifting to an Access Fund Pool model. The Loft's Access Fund Pool model allows you to submit a single online application for adult class access. These opportunities are available to individuals on public assistance. Once accepted, available Access Fund seats are emailed out as they become available, about 1-2 times a month. These email alerts will give you access to a list of available classes. If you are interested in any of these classes, you will need to call the Loft Education office at 612-379-8999 to claim your class and be given a promo code (applied during checkout) that will provide a 95% reduction in tuition for a class. The recipient pays the remaining 5% cost, which will vary depending on the regular price of the class. 

Please note: these seats are offered first-come first-served, about a week to two weeks before the respective class starts. Meaning, you'll have to wait for a class that matches your interests and schedule.

To apply, please provide proof of eligibility that includes:

1) Your name & address
2) Public assistance program name
3) A recent date 

Then, use your mobile phone's camera, scanner, or good old snail mail to send us your documentation, along with your online application here.

Wordsmith Access Funds

Wordsmith Access Funds are now closed. Stay tuned for details on the 2023 conference on the main conference page.