Public Art Grants

Provides organizations and city, county, or tribal governments with up to
$20,000 for large-scale physical public art projects that will leave an arts
legacy in southwest MN. The project should result in sustainable arts
access in the community, with a continuing impact over several years.
20% cash match required.

Mural on a staircase in Montevideo, MN, designed and executed by artist Victoria Fortenberry-Jones

Mural on a staircase in Montevideo, MN, designed and executed by artist Victoria Fortenberry-Jones.

Dates & Deadlines for FY 2024

(July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024)

SMAC Public Art grant workshop webinar: November 2, 2023, 5:30 – 6:30 pm.

  • Request staff draft review by November 29, 2023
  • Application Deadline: December 13, 2023
  • Panel Review: January 11, 2024
  • Board Action: January 27, 2024
  • Earliest project start date: February 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, 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 2024

(July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024)

FY 2024 Public Art Grant Guidelines

FY 2024 Application Questions  (editable document for draft writing)

FY 2024 Budget Form (also available within the application)

FY 2024 Scoring Criteria

FY 2024 Final Report Questions (editable document for draft writing)


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