Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC)
11/01/18 5:00 PM
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. Proposals can include 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 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 organization to send staff or board members to a professional conference or workshop that directly relates to the organization’s work. 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.
GrantWatch ID#: 181375
Minigrants range from $200 to $1,000.
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.
Applications Open: Spring – May 1 | Fall – October 1
Application Deadlines: Spring – June 1 | Fall – November 1 at 5:00 PM
Applicants will be notified 30 days after each Minigrant deadline.
Grants require a dollar-for-dollar cash match.
All applicants must apply online using MAC’s eGRANT system. Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted, and applications mailed to the MAC office will no longer be accepted.
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 (contact list below) to see if your project is eligible before submitting an application.
Tips for writing applications: https://arts.ms.gov/grants-for-organizations/tips-writing-grant-applications/
Grant review criteria: https://arts.ms.gov/grants-for-organizations/grant-review-criteria/
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Online application portal: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=missarts
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:
Arts-Based Community Development, Melody Moody Thortis
Arts Education, Charlotte Smelser
Arts Industry, Turry Flucker
Folk & Traditional Arts, Maria Zeringue
Mississippi Arts Commission
501 North West Street
Suite 1101A, Woolfolk Building
Jackson, MS 39201