Operating Support Grants

Two-year grants for arts organizations with a current 501(c)(3) and at least two years of programming and financials, to be used for operating expenses.

For organizations with an average operating budget of less than $25,000, this grant provides up to 35% of the organization’s average operating budget each of the two years. For organizations with an average operating budget of $25,000 or more, the grant provides up to 15% of the organization’s average operating budget each of the two years.

Art activity at the Hutchinson Center for the Arts in Hutchinson, MN.

Dates & Deadlines for FY 2024

(July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024)

SMAC Operating Support grant workshop webinar: August 10, 2023, 5:30 to 6:30 pm.

  • Pre-Application Deadline: Email completed form (below) to info@swmnarts.org by September 20, 2023
  • Request staff draft review by October 11, 2023
  • Application Deadline: October 25, 2023
  • Panel Review: November 18, 2023
  • Board Action: November 28, 2023
  • Funding start date:  January 1, 2024

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 info@swmnarts.org, 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: info@swmnarts.org, 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 2024

(July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024)

FY 2024 Operating Support Grant Guidelines

Pre-Application: FY 2024 Two-Year Financial Statement Form (also available within the application)

FY 2024 Application Questions  (editable document for draft writing)

FY 2024 Scoring Criteria

FY2024 Interim Report Questions  (editable document for draft writing)

FY2025 Final Report Questions  (editable document for draft writing)

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