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Community Arts Grants - Individual Artists

Grants to Lauderdale County, Mississippi Artists
and Groups for Projects and Student Support

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Meridian Council for the Arts

Deadline Date:

11/22/16 Postmarked


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Grants of up to $750 to Mississippi individual artists, art instructors, and art groups for projects and professional development opportunities in Meridian and Lauderdale County. Applicants must have at least one year of performing experience in music, theater, dance, literature, storytelling, or visual arts.

Funding categories include:

1. Artist Fellowships: Support training and professional development or help underwrite the costs of creating new works of exceptional quality.

2. Instructor/Student Support: Art instructors may apply for funding for students.

3. Project Support. Support of a specific program or endeavor. Projects with an emphasis on education are strongly encouraged.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 144531

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may apply for up to $750.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Individual artists, art instructors, and art groups with at least one year of performing experience in music, theater, dance, literature, storytelling, or visual arts (art media) may apply.

All applicants must be 18 years of age.

The Meridian Council for the Arts will not fund the following:

- Scholarships, fellowships or tuition assistance
- Direct grants to individuals (individual artist grants available through separate application)
- Capital expenditures other than art objects for public spaces of display
- Costs incurred before the effective date of the contract or after project is completed
- Applications to reduce existing deficits
- Arts activities outside Meridian/Lauderdale County or those not open to the public
- Pageants, fund-raising events and hospitality costs
- Cash Awards
- Insurance Premiums, Office space rental, Legal fees, Permanent equipment purchases, and other general operating costs
- Janitorial service and general physical plant maintenance
- Applications for capital improvements
- Food and hospitality
- Publication of manuscripts or compositions not created as part of a Community Arts Grant-supported project of public presentation
- Applications from public agencies (with the exception of schools) established by city, county or state governments, unless collaborating with a nonprofit community-based arts organization or a service organization with an arts component
- More than one application for an individual organization in the same category

Pre-Application Information:

All grant categories require at least a one-to one (1:1) dollar match. “One-to-one dollar match” means the applicant must cover at least half the cost of a project of program. In-kind contributions cannot be used for the one-to-one (1:1) dollar match requirement, but the Arts Council wants to know about such contributions.

To apply for Instructor/Student Support: Art instructors must submit (on a separate sheet of paper) verification of student’s participation in class, including the student’s name, address, telephone number, and amount of request per student.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Mail the completed proposal to:

The Meridian Council for the Arts,
P. O. Box 1405
Meridian, MS 39302

Laura Carmichael, Executive Director

Grant Coverage Areas:

All applicants must be permanent legal residents of Meridian or Lauderdale County.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Mississippi

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