Foundation / Corporation
Southwest (SW) Minnesota (MN) Arts Council (SMAC)
03/07/18 4:30 PM
Grants of up to $20,000 to Southwest Minnesota nonprofit organizations and government agencies for large-scale arts projects. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact program staff prior to applying. This program supports projects that will encourage the performance, appreciation, and creation of the arts.
Eligible projects take place in 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 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
GrantWatch ID#: 173902
Up to $20,000
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.
The Art Legacy Project grant program is open to nonprofit organizations in the eighteen counties of the SMAC service region.
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. 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 Art Legacy 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.
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 office to make arrangements for a workshop.
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.
Note: If you received an Operating Support grant you may not include pro-rated general operating costs in the budget for any other SMAC grant program (such as this ART LEGACY PROJECT grant program) covering the same time period as the Operating Support Grant.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to call SMAC staff to determine which grant program is appropriate for your project before beginning an application.
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.
-Application Deadline: July 26, 2017
-Panel Meeting: August 12, 2017
-Board Action: August 22, 2017
-Earliest project start date: September 15, 2017
-Application Deadline: December 20, 2017
-Panel Meeting: January 6, 2018
-Board Action: January 23, 2018
-Earliest project start date: February 15, 2018
-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 may be found here:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
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
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