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Southwest Minnesota Arts Council (SMAC)
10/20/21 4:30 PM
Grants to Minnesota nonprofit arts organizations to continue established programs and maintain facilities. Applicants are required to submit a pre-application prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to help organizations focus on existing services, programs, and facilities. Eligible organizations are located in and serve the people of Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Swift, and Yellow Medicine Counties.
The intent of the Operating Support grant program is to strengthen and stabilize arts organizations that demonstrate programming of high artistic quality and efficient management. This program recognizes that organizations with an established record of programmatic service and administrative stability should have access to funds to support their organizational goals and objectives, rather than specific projects. Operating Support funding enables qualifying organizations to maintain their ongoing programs, services, and facilities without special emphasis on new initiatives as justification for funding.
There are two levels of grants available:
Level One: Organizations with average annual expenses under $25,000 may request up to 35% for year one and 35% for year two.
Level Two: Organizations with average annual expenses of $25,000 to $173,999 may request up to 15% for year one and 15% for year two.
GrantWatch ID#: 159271
Operating Support Grants are two-year awards based on the average eligible expenses of your organization over the past two fiscal years as verified by your pre-application Financial Statement form. This year, organizations may choose to use 2018 and 2019 to calculate their average, omitting 2020.
Level One: Organizations with average eligible annual expenses under $25,000 may request up to 35% of that average for year one and 35% for year two.
Level Two: Organizations with average eligible annual expenses of $25,000 to $173,999 may request up to 15% of that average for year one and 15% for year two.
For both levels, a competitive grant round may result in awards less than the requested amount.
- Funding start date: January 1, 2022
- The funding years for SMAC operating support grants will run from January 1 through December 31. The project end date for this two-year grant will be December 31, 2023, two years after the start date.
Year 1: 100% of the Year 1 grant funds will be paid in January 2022 after completion of the Year 1 grant contract.
Year 2: 100% of the Year 2 grant funds will be paid in January 2023, on completion of the Year 2 grant contract.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Applicants may fill out and submit their application in several ways:
- Online application portal: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=smahc
- In a Word document, submitted by email along with required attachments to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- On paper with required attachments, submitted by mail or dropped off at the office:
Southwest Minnesota Arts Council
PO Box 55, 114 N 3rd St,
Marshall, MN 56258)
Toll Free: +1 800 622 5284
Telephone: +1 507 537 1471
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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