Foundation / Corporation
Southwest Minnesota Arts Council (SMAC)
04/03/19 4:30 PM
Grants of up to $500 to Southwest Minnesota young artists in grades 5-12 to take advantage of arts enrichment opportunities in their chosen art discipline. Artistic areas include dance, media arts, music, literature, theatre, and visual arts. This program is open to youth residing in Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Swift, and Yellow Medicine.
Youth may use this grant to study their chosen art form with a practicing professional artist, attend an arts workshop, series of classes or special training opportunity. This grant program is designed to aid in the development of young artists.
The project must address specific training as opposed to unrestricted support. Standard weekly lessons (such as piano or voice lessons) are allowed only for those students who qualify for the federal free or reduced lunch program.
The grant review panel will score your application based on:
- The overall excellence of work and demonstration of exceptional talent
- Evidence of serious commitment
- Project's contribution to the student’s artistic growth
- Outcome evaluation
GrantWatch ID#: 169451
Up to $500.
The earliest project start date is May 15, 2019.
The Art Study Opportunity for Youth grant program is open to any permanent resident in the eighteen counties of the SMAC service region, who has lived in the region for at least six months, and who has no outstanding final reports due to the SW MN Arts Council.
Applicants must be youth in grades 5-12 from the following counties are eligible: Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Swift, and Yellow Medicine.
Immediate family members of SMAC Board members and SMAC staff are ineligible to apply for this grant program.
The following are NOT eligible for Art Study Opportunity for Youth grants:
- Participation in a school or organization band or choir trip.
- 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.
- Applications from immediate family members of the SMAC Board, SMAC staff, or current individual artist grant panelists.
SMAC Art Study Opportunity for Youth grant workshop webinar: February 21, 2019, 5:30-6:30 pm.
Register for the workshop here:
Application Deadline: April 3, 2019
Panel Review: April 16, 2019
Board Action: April 23, 2019
Earliest project start date: May 15, 2019
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, 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.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply for a grant online:
For questions, contact:
Southwest Minnesota Arts Council
114 North 3rd Street
Marshall, MN 56258
USA: Minnesota: Counties of Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Swift, and Yellow Medicine