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Art Project Grant

Grants to Southwest Minnesota Nonprofits
and Agencies for Arts Events and Activities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Southwest (SW) Minnesota (MN) Arts Council (SMAC)

Deadline Date:

03/07/18 4:30 PM


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Grants of up to $750 and grants of up to $5,000 to Southwest Minnesota nonprofit organizations and government agencies to promote the arts throughout the funding source’s service area. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with program staff prior to applying. The purpose of this program is to encourage and stimulate the creation, performance, and appreciation of the arts in the SMAC region.

The SMAC 18-county service area includes: Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Swift, and Yellow Medicine Counties.

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

Art Projects may include, but are not limited to:
-Community theater productions
-Pre-packaged theater (such as Prairie Fire or Missoula children’s theaters)
-Projects or performances involving community choirs, bands, or orchestras
-Music or dance performances
-Art productions that tour area communities
-Visual art exhibits
-Readings by authors
-Environmental art
-Public art
-Arts festivals
-Art classes for community members of all ages (excluding projects in schools)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173901

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Pre-packaged theater projects are only eligible for up to $750 or 80% of the total project cash costs, whichever is less.

Term of Contract:

The earliest start date for Round I projects is September 15, 2017.

The earliest start date for Round II projects is February 15, 2018.

The earliest start date for Round III projects is May 15, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Art Project 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. A signed agreement spelling out the relationship between the applicant and the fiscal agent must be submitted with the application.

The following projects and organizations are NOT eligible for SMAC Art Project grants:
-Applications that do not have an art focus.
-Activities of a for-profit project, organization, or business.
-Project/activities outside 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.
-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 that are primarily educational projects within a school system.
-Applications for arts events with less than a $4.00 admission fee. A waiver may be granted in special circumstances by contacting the SMAC office prior to submitting an application. Visual arts exhibitions and readings are excluded from this requirement.
-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 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.
-Activities essentially for the religious socialization of the participants or audience.
-Applications submitted for the purpose of regranting, lobbying or scholarships.
-Projects where artists are required to pay excessive entry or exhibition fees in order to exhibit or perform in the project for which funds are sought.
-Projects that will not take responsibility for their publicity, media coverage, and public relations and that won’t provide timely promotion of the project throughout the SMAC region through 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 Art Project grant programs. To sponsor a workshop in your area, please contact the SMAC to make arrangements for a workshop.

Pre-Application Information:

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.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to call the SMAC staff to determine which grant program is appropriate for your project before beginning an application.

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.

Round I:
-Application Deadline: July 26, 2017
-Panel Meeting: August 12, 2017
-Board Action: August 22, 2017
-Earliest project start date: September 15, 2017

Round II:
-Application Deadline: December 20, 2017
-Panel Meeting: January 6, 2018
-Board Action: January 23, 2018
-Earliest project start date: February 15, 2018

Round III:
-Application Deadline: March 7, 2018
-Panel Meeting: April 24, 2018
-Board Action: April 27, 2018
-Earliest project start date: May 15, 2018

Applications must be submitted online by 4:30 PM on the deadline.

Additional Forms and Resources:

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
Telephone:+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