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Individual Artist: Established Career Artist Grants

Grants to Southwest Minnesota Established
Artists for Career-Advancing Projects

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Southwest Minnesota Arts Council (SMAC)

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Deadline Date:

02/07/18 4:30 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Southwest Minnesota established artists for career-advancing projects and activities. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact program staff prior to applying. Artists are encouraged to apply for concrete activities that meet their artistic needs and further their ability to live and work within the funding source’s service region.

SMAC’s goal is to provide resources and recognition to regional artists that will allow their work to develop and evolve. It is SMAC’s intent to inspire creativity in its unique and true state without consideration of what is saleable. Funds may be used for a variety of activities designed to aid in public awareness of the artist’s work or projects that will aid in the progression to, and/or exploration of a new level in their artistic development and professional career.

Projects may include but are not limited to:
-Costs involved in portfolio production
-Engraving for composers
-Producing a demo recording for a composer/musician or a video for a choreographer
-Marketing or editorial assistance for a writer
-Purchase of supplies and materials necessary for the completion of a body of work scheduled for submission to publishers, performance or exhibition
-Rental of facilities for presentation of a new work, or other activities
-Experimental work in a new medium
-Research or compensated time for an artist working on a specific body of work
-Daycare costs if needed to allow the artist to devote their time to their project
-Attendance at workshops or conferences for professional or artistic development
-Studying one-on-one with a mentor of significant recognition
-Costs to audit a college art course (funds may not be used for degree related activities)

The grant review panel will score your application based on:
-The overall excellence of work and demonstration of exceptional talent
-Project's contribution to the artist's professional growth
-Feasibility of the project

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 149913

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $5,000

Term of Contract:

No funds can be expended prior to the project start date.

The earliest project start date is September 15, 2017 (Summer Round), November 15, 2017 (Round I), or April 15, 2018 (Round II).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Southwest Minnesota Arts Council (SMAC) is the designated regional arts council for the following eighteen counties of southwest Minnesota: Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Swift and Yellow Medicine.

The Individual Artist grant program is open to any permanent resident in the eighteen counties of the SMAC service region who has no outstanding final reports due to the SW MN Arts Council and who is at least 18 years old.

The Established Career Artist category of the Individual Artist grant program is designed to aid professional artists who have held significant solo shows, performances or have been published in significant publications (i.e., peer reviewed or professionally edited publications). Eligible professional artists have achieved significant regional recognition in the past five years, and are in the process of progressing to a new level in their professional career. Career artists are defined as those who, for the most part, are at an advanced stage in their career development and have been acknowledged as established artists by other artists and arts professionals within their chosen field. The artistic accomplishments documented in the resume are critical in making a judgment regarding your eligibility as a career artist.

NOTE: If you do not fit the SMAAC’s definition of an Established Career Artist, see separate guidelines and application form for Individual Artist Grants for Developing Artists. Call the SMAC office if you have questions about which category you should apply under.

Artists may only receive one (1) SMAC individual artist grant per year. An artist may not apply for a second project that runs concurrently with another SMAC-funded individual artist grant project.

Applicants must be a region resident for at least six months prior to submitting an application and who will remain a resident throughout the contract period. Immediate family members of the SMAC Board, SMAC staff – and current individual artist grant panelists are ineligible to apply for this grant program. All arts disciplines are accepted.

Proof of Residency is required in questionable cases, and must be demonstrated by more than one of the following showing an eligible address:
1. A valid Minnesota driver's license
2. Certification of eligibility to vote within the SMAC region
3. Receipts for utilities and mortgage/rent

The SMAC Individual Artist Project Grant Program will not or can NOT fund:
-Applications that do not have an art focus.
-Applications that support strictly commercial activities; projects intended for mass-market distribution or those that have profit as the primary motive.
-Projects that include publishing that is initiated solely by the applicant (i.e., vanity press)
-Credits or materials necessary to fulfill degree requirements for students.
-Equipment requests not specifically tied to the proposed project.
-Projects where funds are requested to account for deficits in projects or programs begun prior to
the project earliest start date. In other words, payment of debts incurred before the grant
activities begin or outside of the grant project scope of activity.
-Applicants with past due SMAC final (or other) reports.
-Applications that primarily involve developing curriculum plans or teaching materials.
-Projects primarily intended to support teaching related activities that will advance your teaching career.
-Applications that are primarily educational projects within a school system.
-Applications where funds are to be used to match other SMAC grant applications.
-Activities which are not open to the public. Projects must be inclusive and accessible in their process and/or final product, considering economic, geographic, and physical accessibility, as well as the cultural, racial, ethnic, age, and gender make-up of the community.
-Projects/activities that are essentially for the religious socialization of the participants or audience.
-Applications submitted for the purpose of re-granting or scholarships.
-Lobbying or attempts to influence any state or federal legislation.
-Applicants that will not take responsibility for their publicity, media coverage, and public relations and that won’t provide timely promotion of the project throughout the SMAC region through use of the proper funding credit line and logo.
-Applications from immediate family members of the SMAC Board, SMAC staff, or current individual artist grant panelists.
-SMAC Board Members are not eligible to apply for this program during their tenure on the Board or two years following their resignation from the Board.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The SMAC Individual Artist grant workshop is scheduled for January 4, 2018, 5:00 PM at SMAC Office.

Pre-Application Information:

All applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the SMAC office prior to submitting an application to get input on your particular project idea and which category you should apply under.

Special Summer Deadline:
-Application Deadline: July 19, 2017 by 4:30 pm
-Panel Meeting: August 9, 2017
-Board Action: August 22, 2017
-Earliest project start date September 15, 2017

Round I:
-Application Deadline: September 13, 2017 by 4:30 pm
-Panel Meeting: October 7, 2017
-Board Action: October 25, 2017
-Earliest project start date November 15, 2017

Round II:
-Application Deadline: February 7, 2018 by 4:30 pm
-Panel Meeting: March 3, 2018
-Board Action: March 26, 2018
-Earliest project start date: April 15, 2018

Contact Information:

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

Register for the January 4 workshop:

Apply Online:

Caroline Koska, Financial & Grants Administrator

Southwest Minnesota Arts Council
114 North 3rd Street
PO Box 55
Marshall, MN 56258


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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