Expectations and Costs

Individuals and teams are expected to participate in their residency activities at least 20 hours per person per week for 1-12 weeks, depending on their goals. Individuals and teams are encouraged to commit a larger portion of their time to allow a deep dive into hands-on work, group dialogue, theoretical learning, and personal reflection. The day to day activities of your residency will vary dramatically based on your goals and purpose. It may include elements of dialogue and mentorship, independent reading and research, interviews with experts relevant to your field, direct teaching and skills training, hands-on work on projects, and more. See the Curriculum section for a general breakdown of types of activities (both those core to a residency and those that may apply based on your goals).

The base rate for a residency is $500/week for one person and an additional $200/week per additional person in a team of up to six. This base rate assumes that supporting the residency will require around 15 hours/week of engagement from staff support people at the Minnesota Hub – a more time-intensive residency proposals may entail a higher rate.

Individuals and teams concerned about their ability to afford base rates or costs of living may consider replacing part or all of their residency charge by combining any of the below methods:

  • Writing a grant, doing grassroots fundraising, or otherwise securing some outside source of support for the cost of the residency.
  • Working to advance specific MN Hub and affiliated projects on an intensive basis during their residency. In general, we will consider reducing residency fees $20/hour of work performed not including training time – which may be part of your residency. If you are able to provide specialized services relevant to a project, we may consider valuing this time contributed at greater than $20/hour. Commitments to work on these projects are additional to the expected 20 hours/week of time participating in the residency.
  • Offering the MN Hub equity, treating value invested as a loan, or committing to provide recurring donations to Grand Aspirations based on ventures you seek to launch with the training provided by the residency.
  • By requesting a fellowship for reduced tuition based on financial need to create economic access for lower-income individuals and teams and to advance work that promotes economic access to the green economy.
  • From time to time and around specific projects, paid internships may be available that can help generate income during a residency. Commitments through such internships are additional to the expected 20 hours/week of time participating in the residency.

Costs of Living:
For individuals and teams that need it, the Hub can provide housing for teams at a cost of $200-$350 per person/month (exact numbers dependent on to what degree team members are willing to share rooms, how many people are participating, and spaces currently available). Housing cannot be secured through the Hub except in increments of calendar months, though participants are welcome to seek housing elsewhere. The Hub does not provide food, but can provide guidance on affordable and sustainable ways to provide food in the area (can be done under $100/person/month). Local residents who have their own sources of housing, food, and other means of support are also strongly encouraged to apply.