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Arts Organization Development Grants

Grants to Southwest Minnesota Arts Organizations for
Capacity Building and Organizational Management

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Southwest Minnesota Arts Council (SMAC)

Deadline Date:

11/01/19 4:30 PM - Application deadlines are the 1st of the month, August 2019 - November 2019 and January 2020 - April 2020 or until funds are expended.

Description:

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Grants of up to $5,000 to Southwest Minnesota nonprofit community arts organizations to increase their long-term stability and organizational capacity through management and organizational development projects. The eighteen eligible counties included in the service region of the Funding Source are as follows: Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Swift, and Yellow Medicine.

Arts Organization Development projects may include, but are not limited to:

- Training of staff or board members at workshops and conferences
- Hiring consultants/specialists to assist the organization in: fundraising, marketing, financial development, board development, etc.
- Developing new arts programs and services
- Conducting surveys to determine community interest

The grant review panel will score applications based on:
- The merit of the organization and the artistic quality of its programs
- The impact of the project on the organization
- The feasibility of the project
- The outcome evaluation plan for the project

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159906

Estimated Size of Grant:

Arts Organization Development grants are available for up to $5,000 or 80% of the total project cash costs, whichever is less.

Term of Contract:

Earliest project start date: 1st day of the following month after the deadline.

The start date for a SMAC grant is defined as the point at which the project is set in motion.

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Arts Organization Development grant program is open to nonprofit arts 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. Any formal arts organization not meeting this requirement may apply through a fiscal sponsor.

A fiscal sponsor is an organization meeting the requirements listed above. A signed agreement spelling out the relationship between the applicant and the fiscal sponsor must be submitted with the application. A fiscal sponsor, if used, must sign the application and, if funded, sign the Grant Contract. The fiscal sponsor is legally responsible for the completion of the project and for the proper management of grant funds.

For general information about ineligible projects and organizations, see: https://swmnarts.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/General-Grant-Guidelines-FY2020.pdf#page=2.

In addition to the restrictions listed in SMAC’s general grant guidelines, the following projects are not eligible for Arts Organization Development grants:
- Proposals for staff salaries or contracted staff

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grant workshops are available that cover guidelines, applications, and the granting process. For a full list of grant workshops and webinars, please see: https://swmnarts.org/grants/grant-workshops/.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- First-come, first-served monthly deadlines: 1st of each month, August 2019-November 2019 & January 2020-April 2020, or until funds are expended
- Board Action: Next scheduled board meeting

Applications must be submitted by 4.30 PM on the deadline date.

Applicant match must include 20% of the entire project’s cash cost. Although the minimum required cash match is 20%, applications that include a higher match may receive a higher score and be more competitive in the process.

Applicants that have received an Operating Support grant, may not include pro-rated general operating costs in the budget for any other SMAC grant program that occurs during the same time period as the Operating Support Grant.

It is always best to contact SMAC staff prior to submission of a grant application to determine grant eligibility. 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. Staff review does not imply that a grant request will be funded. Project quality, content, budget, and accuracy of an application are solely the responsibility of the applicant.

Video Tutorial for Online Grant System: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8P9ImR-APIbOVI5YVBFUWpXbnc/view
Additional Materials: https://swmnarts.org/grants/additional-materials/

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

SMAC staff
info@swmnarts.org
800-622-5284

Caroline Koska, Financial & Grants Administrator
caroline@swmnarts.org

Southwest Minnesota Arts Council
114 North 3rd Street
PO Box 55
Marshall, MN 56258
Toll Free:+1 800 622 5284
Telephone:+1 507 537 1471

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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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