Equipment & Facilities Improvement Grants

Provides up to $10,000 to arts organizations for the purchase of equipment items and facilities improvements that will strengthen the organization’s capacity to serve the arts needs of the SMAC region.

Close-up of an audio box with blue and orange cables plugged in and numbered by channel.

The Little Theatre Auditorium in New London installed new recessed audio boxes in their stage.

Dates & Deadlines for FY 2025

(July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025)

    • Request staff draft review by January 15, 2025
    • Application Deadline: January 29, 2025
    • Panel Review: February 22, 2025
    • Board Action: February 25, 2025
    • Earliest project start date:  March 1, 2025

How to Apply

Applicants may fill out and submit their application in several ways:

  • through our online grant system
  • in a Word document (see materials below), submitted by email to, along with required attachments
  • on paper with required attachments, submitted by mail (PO Box 55, Marshall, MN 56258) or contact us to arrange drop-off.

Contact us to request a paper application:, 800-622-5284.

Have questions or need help?

SW MN Arts Council grants administrator Caroline Koska is available to meet with you by phone, web conference or in person in Marshall to answer your questions on grant eligibility and using the application system or to review a draft of your application. 

Materials for FY 2025

(July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025)

FY 2025 Equipment & Facilities Improvement Grant Guidelines

FY 2025 Application Questions (editable document for draft writing)

FY 2025 Budget Form (also available within the application)

FY 2025 Scoring Criteria

FY 2025 Scoring Rubric

FY 2025 Final Report Questions (editable document for draft writing)

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