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Grants to Mississippi Nonprofits and Agencies for
Small-Scale Arts Performances and Activities

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Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC)

Deadline Date:

11/01/19 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $200 to $1,000 to Mississippi nonprofits and units of local government, such as schools, libraries, or county or municipal agencies, for small-scale arts activities. Funding is intended for performances and presentations, assistance with curriculum or organizational development, and sending staff to professional conferences. Program areas include arts industry, folk arts, arts education, and arts-based community development.

There are three types of activities that may be supported through Minigrants:

1. Presenting Artists: Minigrants can pay for up to half of the total fee of a performance, workshop, or other presentation by a member (or members) of MAC’s Artist Roster or another adjudicated roster program, such as the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi, the Poet Laureate of Mississippi, or a program managed by another state or regional arts agency. Organizations may not request Minigrant funding for the same Roster Artist in consecutive years.

2. Organizational or Curriculum Development: Minigrants can support up to half of the total fee of a consultant providing assistance with organizational or curriculum development. This type of project should be a short-term consultancy that is focused on overall organizational development (such as board training, long-range planning, or creating a long-term fundraising plan) or curriculum development in a K-12 school. It cannot be used to support artistic or programmatic work. The applicant organization must demonstrate through the required attachments that the consultant is qualified to do the work.

3. Conference Support: Minigrants can support up to half of the total cost for an arts organization to send staff or board members to a professional conference or workshop that directly relates to the organization’s work in and through the arts. Allowable expenses include the conference registration and travel to and from the event. The applicant organization must explain how they will benefit from the individual attending the event.

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GrantWatch ID#: 181375

Estimated Size of Grant:

Minigrants range from $200 to $1,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations that can apply for a Minigrant must:
- Be based in Mississippi
- Be incorporated in Mississippi as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization or
- Be a unit of local government, such as a school, library, or another county or municipal agency. Units of local government may be required to provide documentation of their status as a governmental agency.

Grant funds may not be used to hire artists who are no longer on the MAC Artist Roster, Teaching Artist Roster, or another state’s adjudicated roster, or no longer a member of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi.

Pre-Application Information:

For the spring grant cycle, applications will be accepted beginning on May 1 and must be submitted and authorized by 5:00 PM on June 1. Applications for the fall grant cycle will be accepted beginning on October 1. To be considered for funding, applications must be submitted and authorized by 5:00 PM on November 1.

Applicants will be notified 30 days after each Minigrant deadline.

Grants require a dollar-for-dollar cash match.

Applicants must provide a DUNS number with the application.

Mississippi based non-profit organizations and government entities are eligible to receive one Minigrant per state fiscal year (July 1 to June 30th).

Organizations may not apply for funding to present the same artist or consultant in consecutive years. Organizations who have received a Project or Operating Grant from MAC are eligible to also apply for a Minigrant. However, Minigrant funding is normally limited and priority will be given to applicants who have not received other funding from MAC during that same year. In addition, colleges and universities will receive a lower priority than other applicants.

MAC is especially committed to assisting first-time applicants with the grants process. If your organization is applying for the first time, please contact one of the members of MAC’s Program Staff listed below to see if your project is eligible before submitting an application.


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For questions about the Minigrant program or to determine if a project is eligible to receive funding, contact the MAC Program Director who oversees the area most closely tied to your organization’s main goals or the goals of your project:

Leslie Barker, Arts-Based Community Development

Charlotte Smelser, Arts Education

Sondra Lee-Bell, Arts Industry

Maria Zeringue, Folk & Traditional Arts

Mississippi Arts Commission
501 North West Street
Suite 1101A, Woolfolk Building
Jackson, MS 39201

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