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SMAC Grants for Individual Artists

Our goal is to provide resources and recognition to regional artists that will allow their work to develop and evolve. It is our intent to inspire creativity in its unique and true state without consideration of what is saleable.  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.

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Individual Artist—DEVELOPING ARTIST Grants

Provides up to $2,000 to aid emerging artists at an early stage of their career development. No match requirements.

Individual Artist—ESTABLISHED CAREER ARTIST Grants

Provides up to $5,000 to aid established career artists in the advanced stage of their career development with projects that will advance their career. No match requirements.

Individual Artist—ESTABLISHED CAREER ARTIST with a LEGACY-LEVEL PROJECT Grants

Provides up to $7,000 to aid established career artists in the advanced stage of their career development with projects that leave an arts legacy in Minnesota. No match requirements.  *NOT AVAILABLE in FY18 due to state funding set aside.  This program is deferred until next fiscal year.

Art Study Opportunity for Youth Grants    *Updated for 2018*

Up to $500 to aid in the development of young artists in grades 5 – 12 for an enrichment camp or specialty study. Standard weekly lessons are allowed only for those students who qualify for the federal free or reduced lunch program. No match requirements.