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Grants to Minnesota Arts Nonprofits for Programming and Maintenance

Operating Support Grants


Agency
Foundation

GrantWatch ID#
159271

Funding Source
SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA ARTS COUNCIL
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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

Important Dates
LOI Date: 09/20/23
Deadline: 10/25/23 4:30 PM Save

Grant Description
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.

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.


Recipient

Eligibility
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicant organizations must be located within the SW MN Arts Council service region, consisting of eighteen counties (Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Swift, and Yellow Medicine counties) and two tribal nations (Pezihutazizi/Upper Sioux Community, Cansayapi/Lower Sioux Community). The Council acknowledges that the Southwest Minnesota region occupies the traditional, ancestral, and contemporary lands of the Dakota people.

The Operating Support grant program is open to nonprofit organizations as described in Section 501 (c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code with Articles of Incorporation on file with the State of Minnesota.

Additional requirements include:
• A mission statement that is focused clearly and solely on the arts
• At least two years of completed arts programming and financials
• Total annual expenses of less than $174,000

Ineligible
For information about ineligible activities, see the following link: https://swmnarts.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/FY24-OS-Guidelines.pdf#page=3

Pre-Proposal Conference
SMAC Operating Support grant workshop webinar: August 10, 2023, 5:30 to 6:30 pm.

Pre-Application Information
Applications must be submitted by 4:30 pm on the deadline date.

Timeline:
- Pre-Application Deadline: Email completed form by September 20, 2023
- Request staff draft review by October 11, 2023
- Application Deadline: October 25, 2023
- Panel Review: November 18, 2023
- Board Action: November 28, 2023
- Funding start date: January 1, 2024

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

To request a review of your application prior to submission, contact staff at least two weeks prior to the deadline. A staff member will review the application, as time permits, for eligibility and completed requirements.

Video Tutorial for Online Grant System: https://support.foundant.com/hc/en-us/articles/4479853059991

Estimated Size of Grant
Operating Support grants are two-year grants and available in two levels based on average annual expenses:
1) Average annual expenses under $25,000: may request up to 35% of that average for each of two years
2) Average annual expenses of $25,000 to $173,999: may request up to 15% of that average for each of two years.

Term of Contract
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, 2025, two years after the start date.

Year 1 grant funds will be paid in full in January 2024 after completion of the Year 1 grant contract. All Year 1 funds must be expended by December 31, 2024.

Year 2 grant funds will be paid in full in January 2025, on completion of the Year 2 grant contract. All Year 2 funds must be expended by December 31, 2025.

Contact Information
Apply online: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=smahc

Submit pre-applications to info@swmnarts.org

Or submit applications by mail to:
PO Box 55
Marshall, MN 56258

Schedule time with grants administrator Caroline Koska: https://calendly.com/carolinekoska-smac

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