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Grants to Southeastern Minnesota Nonprofits,
Schools, and Agencies for Arts and Cultural Activities

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Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC)

Deadline Date:

10/01/18 11:59 PM


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Grants to Southeastern Minnesota nonprofit organizations, public schools, and government agencies for a range of arts and cultural activities benefitting local communities. First-time applicants seeking support for arts and cultural heritage projects must contact program staff prior to applying. Applicants must be located in Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, or Winona Counties.

Types of Grants:

Arts & Cultural Heritage Grants:

The Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund supports arts focused programming in three key areas: 1) Arts and Arts Access, 2) Arts Education, and 3) Arts and Cultural Heritage. SEMAC encourages applicants to research and develop proposals that incorporate two or more key areas with an emphasis on creating lasting partnerships among regional nonprofit arts organizations and other nonprofit groups.

Future funding of Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants depends on appropriate use of current funding. In addition to eligible arts organizations, nonprofits that do not have arts as a primary focus, such as schools, senior centers, community education, cultural groups, government entities and colleges are encouraged to apply. First-time applicants must contact SEMAC to confirm eligibility.

Presenter/Production Assistance Grants:

Presenter Assistance grants are intended to help regional arts organizations and educational institutions sponsor appearances by touring artists or companies who have demonstrated high levels of artistic quality. Not for local productions or artist residencies in schools.

Production Assistance grants for arts organizations only support activities directly involved in the creation, performance, publication, and exhibition of art, including 1) Arts Production Projects, and 2) Administrative Support Projects.

Small Towns/Rural Areas Grants:

SEMAC wishes to support and encourage the creation and development of art and arts organizations in communities with populations under 7,500. Applicants may include arts organizations, government entities and public or non-religious private schools, either individually or in cooperation. This support may be used for assistance in activities directly involving the creation, performance, publication, or exhibition of art or, in the case of arts organizations, assistance with administrative, operating, or capital expenditures.

Required Qualifications:
-The primary focus of the proposal is the fine arts, i.e., the development, education, performance and/or showcasing of the arts.
-The proposed project includes a public component or Capstone Event to benefit the citizens of southeastern Minnesota.

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GrantWatch ID#: 181324

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Arts & Cultural Heritage Grants: Grants are for a minimum of $3,000 and a maximum of $10,000.

-Presenter/Production Assistance Grants: Grants of no less than $300 and no more than $3,000 will be considered for funding.

-Small Towns/Rural Areas Grants: Grants of no less than $300 and no more than $3,000 will be considered for funding.

Term of Contract:

Projects may begin June 1 or later (April 1 deadline) or December 1 or later (October 1 deadline).

All proposed projects must take place within twelve months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant must be located in the 11-county SEMAC Region of southeastern Minnesota: Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, and Winona Counties.

Organizations must also meet all of the following requirements.
-Demonstrates the high quality of the arts products, services, or activities they provide as well as their impact on the community.
-Has a Board of Directors that meets on a regular basis.
-A recognized nonprofit, with Articles of Incorporation on file with the State of Minnesota.  Public schools and local government entities also qualify.
-Is federal tax exempt, with 501(c)(3) or comparable status under the Internal Revenue Code.  For programming grants, arts organizations in the process of achieving tax-exempt status may use a Fiscal Agent within Minnesota that is both tax-exempt and a nonprofit organization who has agreed to receive and disburse SEMAC funds.

Individual artists are not eligible to apply.

Pre-Application Information:

All categories require at least 20% in matching funds.

Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund: Potential applicants, please be advised.  Before starting an application, representatives from nonprofit organizations that have not previously applied for the Arts & Cultural Heritage Grant program must email the SEMAC Director to discuss the proposed project. This procedure will confirm whether the organization is eligible to apply and also whether the organization has an eligible arts project.  Applicants who fail to contact SEMAC may be declared ineligible.

Applications will be available throughout the month of March with an April 1, 2018 Submission Deadline. Grants are offered twice a year; the next deadline will be October 1, 2018.

As the grant interface is available 24 hours a day, all application and report deadlines are 11:59 PM (just before midnight) on the date indicated. Applications may be submitted up to 30 days prior to the deadline, but will not be accepted the day after the deadline, regardless of whether a deadline falls on a weekend.

-October 1: for projects beginning December 1 or later
-April 1: for projects beginning June 1 or later

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Robin Pearson, Executive Director

Karen Miller

2778 D Commerce Drive NW
Rochester, MN 55901

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, and Winona Counties