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Arts Organization Development Grants

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

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Foundation / Corporation

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Southwest Minnesota Arts Council (SMAC)

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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.

Applicants must make the case that their project fulfills SMAC’s program intent and one or more of its commitments. SMAC is committed to:

- Supporting artists and arts organizations in creating, producing and presenting high-quality arts activities
- Overcoming barriers to accessing high-quality arts activities
- Instilling the arts into the community and public life in our region
- Supporting high-quality, age-appropriate arts education for residents of all ages to develop knowledge, skills, and understanding of the arts
- Supporting events and activities that represent the diverse ethnic and cultural arts traditions including folk and traditional artists and art organizations, represented in this region

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

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 is the first day of the following month after board action.

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

The following projects and organizations are NOT eligible for SMAC Arts Organization Development grants:

- Proposals for staff salaries or contracted staff.
- Applications that do not have an art focus.
- Activities of a for-profit project, organization, or business.
- Payment of costs for projects that will take place outside the geographic boundaries of the state of Minnesota.
- Must not use more than ten percent of the total grant for costs related to travel outside the state of Minnesota, including performer, artist or consultant travel.
- Costs for relocating the applicant’s legal address/residence outside the state of Minnesota.
- 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 where funds are to be used to match other SMAC grant applications.
- Requests for new building construction, purchase of real property, or endowment funds.
- Fundraising events: Grant funds should allow projects to break even, not make a profit.
- 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.
- Activities essentially for the religious socialization of the participants or audience.
- Activities that attempt to influence any state or federal legislation or appropriation.
- Applications submitted for the purpose of regranting, lobbying or scholarships.
- Projects that don’t provide timely promotion of the project throughout the SMAC region with use of the proper funding credit line and logo

Pre-proposal Conference:

Free grant writing assistance workshops are scheduled for organizations interested in applying to the SMAC Arts Organization Development grant programs. To sponsor a workshop in your area, please contact the SMAC office to make arrangements for a workshop.

Pre-Application Information:

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.

Application deadlines are the 1st of the month January 2019 - April 2019. This program is a first-come, first-served monthly deadline until all funds have been expended. Applications must be submitted online by 4:30 pm.

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

The start date for a SMAC grant is defined as the point at which the project is set in motion (e.g. rehearsals, advertising and public notification, payment of fees, ordering and/or paying for supplies or printed material, etc.). No funds can be expended prior to the project start date. Funds spent before the project start date, such as a deposit on a contract, cannot be included in the grant project budget.

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Contact Information:

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

Online application:

Caroline Koska, Financial & Grants Administrator
1 800 622 5284
1 507 537 1471

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