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Individual Artist for Community Collaboration Grants

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

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Southwest Minnesota Arts Council (SMAC)

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Deadline Date:

01/13/21 4:30 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Minnesota artists in eligible counties for projects that integrate the arts into community life. 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 applicants reside in one of the following counties: Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Swift, and Yellow Medicine.

Funds may be used for projects that have an equal focus on: 

  1. The artist reaching a new level in their artistic development through the creation of a major new work, and 
  2. 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.

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. rehearsals, advertising and public notification, payment of fees, ordering and/or paying for supplies or printed material, etc.).

Earliest project start date: March 1, 2021

No funds can be expended prior to the project start date. No paid advertising by the applicant can take place before the start date, whether or not it will be paid for through the grant, however, posting basic information such as event dates is allowed.

Projects must be concluded no later than June 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Individual Artist: Community Collaboration grant program open to permanent residents within 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) or on tribal lands within the SMAC service area.

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. Applicants must be at least 18 years old by the time of signing their grant contract.

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.

In addition to the restrictions listed in SMAC’s general grant guidelines, the following are NOT eligible for Individual
Artist: Community Collaboration grants:
- Fees for entering juried competitions or shows
- Traveling for research
- Taking classes or workshops
- Equipment requests not specifically tied to the proposed project.
- Credits or materials necessary to fulfill degree requirements for students, including tuition, class projects, and school-related exhibits, performances, or shows.
- Projects that primarily involve developing curriculum plans, teaching materials, or other related activities intended to advance your professional teaching career; or applications that are primarily educational projects within a school system.
- Applications that support strictly commercial activities; projects intended for mass-market distribution or those that have profit as the primary motive.

For ineligible applicants and projects, please see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

SMAC Individual Artist grant workshop webinars will be held on:

July 9, 2020, noon to 1 pm
Webinar Recording:
December 3, 2020, noon to 1 pm
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Pre-Application Information:

Deadlines for FY 2021:
- Application Deadline: January 13, 2021
- Panel Review: February 6, 2021
- Board Action: February 23, 2021
- Earliest project start date: March 1, 2021

Applications must 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 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.

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Contact Information:

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

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Southwest Minnesota Arts Council
114 North 3rd Street
PO Box 55
Marshall, MN 56258

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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

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