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SMAC Grants for Organizations

Grant programs for organizations provide funds to stimulate and encourage the creation, performance and appreciation of the arts in the region and also to provide financial and technical assistance to aid in the organization’s stability or development.

Organizations grants are made possible by the voters of Minnesota thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund and an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.

 

SMAC Grants for Individual Artists

Individual Artist grant programs are designed to aid in the career development and arts activities of artists living and working in the eighteen counties of southwestern Minnesota served by the SW MN Arts Council and to aid the development of young artists. 

Individual Artist grants are made possible by a grant from the McKnight Foundation and by the voters of Minnesota thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

 

SMAC Grants for Schools

School grant programs provide funds to advance arts education in schools in the SMAC region through artist/teacher/community partnerships and to support the arts as essential to education and daily life.

School grants are made possible by the voters of Minnesota thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

 

Technical Assistance

The Southwest Minnesota Arts Council provides free technical services to area arts organizations, artists, and schools in the form of staff assistance and advocacy, resources, workshops, and conferences. 

It is always best to contact SMAC staff prior to submission of a grant application to determine grant eligibility. 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.

Free grant writing assistance workshops are scheduled for organizations interested in applying to SMAC grant programs. To sponsor a workshop in your area, please contact the SMAC office 507-537-1471, toll-free 800-622-5284 or e-mail info@swmnarts.org to make arrangements for a workshop. To see the list of workshops currently scheduled, please visit: swmnarts.org/grant-workshops/upcoming-workshops/