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Southwest Minnesota Arts Council (SMAC)
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Grants of up to $2,500 to Southwest Minnesota emerging artists to support career development activities. Eligible applicants reside in the counties of Chippewa, Big Stone, Jackson, Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle, Kandiyohi, Lyon, Lincoln, Meeker, McLeod, Pipestone, Nobles, Murray, Renville, Redwood, Swift, Rock, and Yellow Medicine.
The Developing Artist category of the Individual Artist grant program is designed for emerging artists. Emerging artists are defined as those who are at an early stage in their career development. Other artists and arts professionals within their chosen field will not have acknowledged them as established artists. An emerging artist is expected to have a limited, yet clearly promising performance, publishing, or exhibition record. The term emerging refers to professional accomplishments and recognition, not to stylistic evolution. Age is not a factor in determining an emerging artist. The artistic accomplishments documented on the resume are critical in making a judgment regarding eligibility as an emerging artist.
If you fit the definition of an Established Career Artist instead, see separate guidelines and application form for Individual Artist Grants for Established Career Artists:
The Established Career Artist category of the Individual Artist grant program is designed to aid professional artists who have held significant solo shows, performances or have been published in significant publications (i.e., peer reviewed or professionally edited publications). Eligible professional artists have achieved significant regional recognition in the past five years, and are in the process of progressing to a new level in their professional career. Career artists are defined as those who, for the most part, are at an advanced stage in their career development and have been acknowledged as established artists by other artists and arts professionals within their chosen field. The artistic accomplishments documented in the resume are critical in making a judgment regarding your eligibility as a career artist.
Intent: The goal is to provide resources and recognition to regional artists that will allow their work to develop and evolve. It is the intent to inspire creativity in its unique and true state without consideration of what is saleable. Funds may be used for a variety of activities designed to aid in public awareness of the artist’s work or projects that will aid in the progression to, and/or exploration of a new level in their artistic development and professional career. SMAC encourages artists to apply for concrete opportunities that address their artistic needs and increase their ability to live and work in the SW MN Region. All arts disciplines are accepted.
Projects may include but are not limited to:
-Costs involved in portfolio production
-Engraving for composers
-Producing a demo recording for a composer/musician or a video for a choreographer
-Marketing or editorial assistance for a writer
-Purchase of supplies and materials necessary for the completion of a body of work scheduled for submission to publishers, performance or exhibition
-Rental of facilities for presentation of a new work, or other activities
-Experimental work in a new medium
-Research or compensated time for an artist working on a specific body of work
-Daycare costs if needed to allow the artist to devote their time to their project
-Attendance at workshops or conferences for professional or artistic development
-Studying one-on-one with a mentor of significant recognition
-Costs to audit a college art course (funds may not be used for degree related activities)
GrantWatch ID#: 174959
Up to $2,500
The earliest project start date for Round I is November 15, 2018. The earliest project start date for Round II is March 15, 2019. The earliest project start date is May 15, 2019.
The start date for a SMAC grant is defined as the point at which the project is set in motion (e.g. ordering and/or paying for supplies or printed material rehearsals, payment of fees, advertising and public notification, etc.). No funds can be expended prior to the project start date. Funds spent before the project start date, such as a deposit on a contract, cannot be included in the grant project budget.
The Individual Artist grant program is open to any permanent resident in the eighteen counties of the SMAC service region (Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Swift, and Yellow Medicine counties) who has no outstanding final reports due to the SW MN Arts Council and who is at least 18 years old. Applicants must be a region resident for at least six months prior to submitting an application and remain a resident throughout the contract period.
Applicants may be asked to provide proof of residency, which must be demonstrated by at least two of the following, must be demonstrated by at least two of the following, showing an eligible address: 1) A valid Minnesota driver's license, 2) Certification of eligibility to vote within the SMAC region, 3) Receipts for utilities and mortgage/rent.
An artist may not apply for a second project that runs concurrently with another SMAC-funded individual artist grant project.
Individual artist grant panelists who will be reviewing grants in this round and immediate family members of SMAC Board members or SMAC staff are ineligible to apply for this grant program. SMAC Board Members are not eligible to apply for this program during their tenure on the Board or until two years following their resignation from the Board.
The following are NOT eligible for Individual Artist grants:
-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, including tuition, class projects, and school-related exhibits, performances, or shows.
-Equipment requests not specifically tied to the proposed project.
-Applications that primarily involve developing curriculum plans or teaching materials.
-Projects primarily intended to support teaching related activities that will advance your teaching career.
-Applications that are primarily educational projects within a school system.
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.
The Round I SMAC Individual Artist grant workshop webinar is scheduled for August 16, 2018, noon to 1 pm. Contact SMAC staff or register here:
The Round II SMAC Individual Artist grant workshop webinar is scheduled for November 29, 2018, noon to 1 pm. Contact SMAC staff or register here:
The Round III SMAC Individual Artist grant workshop webinar is scheduled for February 14, 2019, noon to 1 pm. Contact SMAC staff or register here:
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 to make arrangements for a workshop.
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. Staff review does not imply that a grant request will be funded. Project quality, content, budget, and accuracy of an application are solely the responsibility of the applicant.
Applications are due by 4:30 PM on the deadline date.
-SMAC Individual Artist grant workshop webinar: August 16, 2018, noon to 1 pm
-Application Deadline: September 12, 2018
-Panel Review: October 6, 2018
-Board Action: October 23, 2018
-Earliest project start date: November 15, 2018
-SMAC Individual Artist grant workshop webinar: November 29, 2018, noon to 1 pm
-Application Deadline: January 9, 2019
-Panel Review: February 2, 2019
-Board Action: February 26, 2019
-Earliest project start date: March 15, 2019
-SMAC Individual Artist grant workshop webinar: February 14, 2019, noon to 1 pm
-Application Deadline: March 20, 2019
-Panel Review: April 10, 2019
-Board Action: April 23, 2019
-Earliest project start date: May 15, 2019
Video Tutorial for Online Grant System:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
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 & Yellow Medicine counties