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Art Legacy Project Planning Grants

Grants to Southwest Minnesota Nonprofits
and Agencies to Plan Large-Scale Arts Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Southwest Minnesota Arts Council (SMAC)

Deadline Date:

11/01/18 - Due by 4:30 PM on the 1st of each month, August 2018-November 2018, and January 2019-April 2019 until funds are expended.


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Grants of up to $2,500 to Southwest Minnesota nonprofit organizations and government agencies to complete the planning phase of large-scale arts projects and activities. Funding is intended to advance or create a strong arts legacy in the state.

Eligible counties include Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Swift, and Yellow Medicine.

Art Legacy Project Planning grants may include, but are not limited to the following activities for a specific legacy
- Requests for proposals from artists
- Gathering community input
- Determining available resources and costs
- Researching the feasibility or sustainability of the future project

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 the 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173864

Estimated Size of Grant:

Art Legacy Project Planning grants are available for up to $2,500 or 80% of the total project cash costs, whichever is less.

Term of Contract:

The earliest project start date is the 1st day of the following month after board action. Funds may not be expended prior to this date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Art Legacy Project Planning grant programs are 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 or an official unit of a city, county, or state government of the State of Minnesota.

Any formal organization not meeting this requirement may apply through a fiscal agent. A fiscal agent is an organization meeting the requirements listed above.

The following projects and organizations are NOT eligible for SMAC grants:
- 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 award 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 estate, or endowment funds.
- Fundraising events: Grant funding 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. (Does not apply to Individual Artists or youth grantees)
- 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 grant programs. To sponsor a workshop in your area, please contact the SMAC office 507-537-1471, toll-free 800- 622-5284, or e-mail 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.

This program is a first-come, first-served monthly deadline until all funds have been expended. Application deadlines are the 1st of the month, August 2018 – November 2018 and January 2019 - April 2019.

Board Action: August 28, 2018; September 25, 2018; October 23, 2018; November 27, 2018; January 22, 2019; February 26, 2019; March 26, 2019; April 23, 2019

Earliest project start dates for FY2019: 1st day of the following month after board action (Example: If you apply by September 1, the board action occurs on September 25, and the earliest start date is October 1.)

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.

Art Legacy Project Planning grants are available for up to $2,500 or 80% of the total project cash costs, whichever is less. 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.

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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.

Apply Online:

Greta Murray, Executive Director

Nicole DeBoer, Program Assistant

Southwest Minnesota Arts Council
114 North 3rd Street
PO Box 55
Marshall, MN 56258

Toll Free:+1 800 622 5284
Phone:+1 507 537 1471

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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