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Individual Artist: Community Collaboration Grants

Grants to Minnesota Artists in Eligible Counties for
Collaborative Arts Projects that Benefit the Local Community

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Funding Source:

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Southwest Minnesota Arts Council (SMAC)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

03/20/19 4:30 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Minnesota artists for projects that integrate the arts into community life in eligible counties. Funding is intended to support new work by individual artists as they join in creative collaboration with the local community. Applicants must demonstrate that projects will have a lasting impact on both the artist and the community.

Eligible artists are permanent residents in the eighteen counties of the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council 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

Funds may be used for projects that have an equal focus on:
- The artist reaching a new level in their artistic development through the creation of a major new work, and
- The artist collaborating with the community to introduce them to the arts in a new way, while reaching a segment of the population that is not normally exposed to the art form.

Projects may include any art form. There are many variations of how collaborative art works are made, developed, and shared; there is no one model. However, the project should be by, with, and for the community, with the activities reflecting the community’s energy and qualities.

The grant review panel will score applications based on:

- The artist’s excellence of work and demonstration of exceptional talent
- Artistic merit of the community project
- Community collaboration
- Project's contribution to the applicant’s artistic growth
- Feasibility of the project
- Outcome evaluation

Applicants must make the case that their project fulfills SW MN Arts Council’s program intent and one or more of its commitments. SW MN Arts Council (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 the 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 the region

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184148

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $10,000

Term of Contract:

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:


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

To be eligible, applicants must have no outstanding final reports due to the SW MN Arts Council and be 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.)

The artist must have an active Community Partner that will support and assist with the project. The Community Partner can be a city government, chamber of commerce, arts council, historical society, or other nonprofit organization. The Community Partner cannot be a school.

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 Community Collaboration 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 the applicant's teaching career.
- Applications that are primarily educational projects within a school system.
- Fees for entering juried competitions or shows.
- Traveling for research.
- Taking classes or workshops.

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.

Pre-proposal Conference:

While this grant workshop webinar is free, participants must register to be able to join the meeting.

To register for the (online) Webinar Workshop on Thursday, August 16, 2018, from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM CDT:

Pre-Application Information:

Deadlines for Fiscal Year 2019 (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019):

Round I

Grant Workshop Webinar: August 16, 2018
Application Deadline: September 12, 2018 by 4:30 pm.
Panel Review: October 6, 2018
Board Action: October 23, 2018
Earliest project start date: November 15, 2018

Round II

Grant Workshop Webinar: November 29, 2018
Application Deadline: January 9, 2019
Panel Review: February 2, 2019
Board Action: February 26, 2019
Earliest project start date: March 15, 2019

Round III

Grant Workshop Webinar: February 14, 2019
Application Deadline: March 20, 2019
Panel Review: April 10, 2019
Board Action: April 23, 2019
Earliest project start date: May 15, 2019

Applications are to be submitted online by 4:30 PM on the deadline date.

It is always best to contact SMAC staff prior to submission of a grant application to determine grant eligibility. To request a review of an application prior to submission, the applicant should contact the staff at least two weeks prior to the deadline. A staff member will review the application, as time permits, for eligibility and completed requirements.

All applicants will receive email notification of acceptance or rejection after final review of the application by the Board of Directors.

Contact Information:

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

For the online application portal:

Caroline Koska
Financial and Grants Administrator

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