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Art Legacy Project Grant

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

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

03/20/19 4:30 PM


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Grants of up to $25,000 to Southwest Minnesota nonprofit organizations and government agencies for large-scale arts projects. Eligible projects are those that have an ongoing impact over several years and provide sustainable access to the arts in the community.

Funding is intended to stimulate and encourage the creation, performance, and appreciation of the arts through large-scale projects that will leave an arts legacy in southwest Minnesota.

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.

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#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173902

Estimated Size of Grant:

Art Legacy Project grants are available for up to $25,000 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, 2018.

The earliest start date for Round II projects is February 15, 2019.

The earliest start date for Round III projects is May 15, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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 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. (Does not apply to Individual Artists receiving McKnight Foundation funds)
- 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.

In addition to the restrictions listed in SMAC’s general grant guidelines, following projects are NOT eligible for Art Legacy Project grants:

- Applications that are primarily for educational projects within a school system.
- Projects for which artists are required to pay excessive entry or exhibition fees in order to exhibit or perform in the project for which funds are sought.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Round I SMAC Art Project & Art Legacy Project grant workshop webinar: June 21, 2018, noon to 1 pm.

Round II SMAC Art Project & Art Legacy Project grant workshop webinar: November 1, 2018, noon to 1 pm.

Round III SMAC Art Project & Art Legacy Project grant workshop webinar: February 7, 2019, noon to 1 pm.

Please register by contacting SMAC staff by phone or email.

In addition, 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.

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.

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.

Round I:
-Application Deadline: July 25, 2018
-Panel Meeting: August 18, 2018
-Board Action: August 28, 2018
-Earliest project start date: September 15, 2018

Round II:
-Application Deadline: December 12, 2018
-Panel Meeting: January 5, 2019
-Board Action: January 26, 2019
-Earliest project start date: February 15, 2019

Round III:
-Application Deadline: March 20, 2019
-Panel Meeting: April 13, 2019
-Board Action: April 23, 2019
-Earliest project start date: May 15, 2019

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

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.

Additional forms and resources may be found here:

Video Tutorial for Online Grant System:

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