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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.

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Art Project Grants   *NEW*

Provides organizations in the SMAC region with up to $5,000 in matching funds to stimulate and encourage the creation, performance and appreciation of the arts (pre-packaged theatre residencies limited to $750). 20% cash match required.

Art Legacy Project Grants  *NEW*

Provides organizations in the SMAC region with up to $20,000 in matching funds to stimulate and encourage the creation, performance and appreciation of the arts through large-scale projects that will leave an arts legacy in southwest Minnesota. 20% cash match required.

Arts Organization Development Grants  *NEW*

Provides community-based arts organizations in the SMAC region with up to $5,000 in matching funds to increase their long-term stability and capacity through organizational development and management projects. 20% cash match required.

Operating Support Grants  *NEW*

Two year grants for arts organizations that have been designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) for a minimum of three years.

Art Legacy Project Planning Grants  *NEW*

Provides organizations up to $2,000 to finalize the plans for a specific large-scale project or activity that will create or advance a strong arts legacy in Minnesota. 20% cash match required.

Equipment & Facilities Grants  *NEW*

Provides community-based arts organizations with up to $4,000 in matching funds for the purchase of equipment items and facilities improvement that will improve the organization’s capacity to serve the arts needs of the SMAC region. 20% cash match required.

Arts Organization Start-Up Grants  *NEW*

Provides newly formed art organizations up to $2,000 to develop articles of incorporation, by-laws, and apply for their 501(c)(3) status. NO cash match required.

Cultural Bank

Provides up to $400 in insurance support for projects which face possible loss of expected revenue.