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Arts in the Schools Grants

Grants to Minnesota Public Schools in Eligible
Counties for Arts Activities and Residencies

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Southwest Minnesota Arts Council (SMAC)

Conf. Date:

03/15/21

Deadline Date:

04/14/21 4:30 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $4,000 and grants of up to $2,500 to Minnesota public schools in eligible counties for arts related activities and programs in schools. Funding is intended to support projects that include, but are not limited to, field trips, artist residencies, pre-packaged theater events, juried student art exhibits, and educator training. Funded activities may occur during the school year or during the summer.

The Arts in the Schools grant program is open to public schools within the eighteen counties of the SMAC service region (Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Swift, and Yellow Medicine counties) or on tribal lands within the service area.

Arts in the Schools grant projects must be open to all students within a grade, subject discipline, or activity (i.e. fall play), rather than exclusive to a student organization or specific students selected by faculty. 

Projects may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Artist Residencies: An artist residency is a unique learning partnership between a professional artist and a school. Artists in any arts discipline may be contracted to teach and/or work side by side with students, conduct in-service or special teacher’s training, and conduct performances, demonstrations, exhibitions, or special classes for the community at large. For further details, see: https://swmnarts.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/FY21-AIS-Guidelines.pdf#page=2.
  • Juried Art Exhibits: A school or group of schools can bring in professional artists to jury a student art show that is open to the public. Grant funds can pay for the artists, advertising the show in the community, student awards, etc. Schools may also wish to include student music performances during the event. Only one grant per show is allowed, regardless of the number of schools involved. 
  • Field Trips: Field trips are intended to help increase the exposure of students to professional artists through visits to studios, performances by professional theater, dance or musical groups, readings by writers, visits to art galleries or other locations pertinent to the creation and exhibition of art. 
  • Pre-packaged Theater: Schools may bring in pre-packaged theater experiences, such as Prairie Fire or Missoula Children’s Theaters.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147581

Estimated Size of Grant:

Arts in the Schools grants are available in the following amounts:
- Artist Residencies: Up to $4,000 for each distinct, stand-alone residency.
- Juried Art Exhibits: Up to $2,500.
- Field Trips: Up to $2,500,
- Pre-packaged theater projects: Up to $2,500.

Term of Contract:

Earliest project start date: June 2021.

No advertising by the applicant organization can take place before the start date, whether or not it will be paid for through the grant. However, posting basic information such as event dates is allowed.

Projects must be concluded no later than June 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Arts in the Schools grant program is open to public schools within the eighteen counties of the SMAC service region or on tribal lands within the service area.

Organization grantees must provide proof of 501c3 status for their organization (or fiscal sponsor) before a contract can be issued.

Artist residencies: Artists selected must be independent, professional artists or professional organizations. Art-related background and quality of work will be heavily considered in the application review process.

Ineligible:
- Requests from parochial schools
- Payment of school personnel, excluding substitute teachers while the regular teacher is participating in the project
- Substitutions for regular school programs, including substitutions for cancelled arts programs that would normally have been part of the curriculum
- Supplies outside of those needed for the project

Community education that is part of a school district may apply for Arts in the Schools grants. However, community education that is part of a city may not apply for this program.

For a list of ineligible projects and organizations, see https://swmnarts.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/General-Grant-Guidelines-FY21.pdf#page=2.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Arts in the Schools Round III grant Q & A session: March 15, 2021, 7:00-8:00 pm.

To register: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=9e86hmdab&oeidk=a07ehncvh4u3dae7471

Pre-Application Information:

Round I:
- Application Deadline: October 14, 2020
- Panel Review: November 7, 2020
- Board Action: November 24, 2020
- Earliest project start date: December 1, 2020

Round II:
- Application Deadline: January 27, 2021
- Panel Review: February 20, 2021
- Board Action: February 23, 2021
- Earliest project start date: March 1, 2021

Round III:
- Arts in the Schools grant Q & A session: March 15, 2021, 7:00-8:00 pm.
- Application Deadline: April 14, 2021
- Panel Review: May 15, 2021
-Board Action: May 25, 2021
- Earliest project start date: June 1, 2021

Applications are to be submitted online by 4:30 pm on the deadline date.

Before beginning an application, you are strongly encouraged to contact SW MN Arts Council to determine if this grant program is appropriate for your project.

To request a review of your application prior to submission, contact staff at least two weeks prior to the deadline.

The applicant must not exceed 90% of the total project’s cash expenses in combined support from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council.

For additional resources, see "Materials for FY 2021" listed at the bottom of the URL for Full Text below.

Webinar recording: https://youtu.be/zQVh6Ps_gvk

Contact Information:

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

Online application portal: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=smahc

For questions, assistance, and to schedule time with Grants Administrator Caroline Koska, see https://calendly.com/carolinekoska-smac.

Southwest Minnesota Arts Council
114 North 3rd Street
PO Box 55
Marshall, MN 56258
507-537-1471
info@swmnarts.org
Contact form: https://swmnarts.org/contact-us/

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Swift, and Yellow Medicine Counties

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