SMAC Grant Programs require an online application submission. Click the above “LOG IN” button to start an application.
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.
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.
School grant programs provide funds to advance arts education in schools in the SMAC region through artist/teacher/community partnerships and to support the arts as essential to education and daily life.
School grants are made possible by the voters of Minnesota thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Prairie Star Award: Every other year, the Prairie Star Award ($5,000) recognizes an individual artist whose body of work has made a significant contribution to the arts over an extended period of time, who has been recognized by his or her artistic peers, and who has best exemplified the highest quality of work in the SMAC region.
Prairie Disciple Award: The Prairie Disciple Award ($500) provides awareness and recognition of one individual per year from southwest Minnesota, whose activities and involvement have substantially contributed to the arts over an extended period of time.
The Southwest Minnesota Arts Council provides free technical services to area arts organizations, artists, and schools in the form of staff assistance and advocacy, resources, workshops, and conferences.
It is always best to contact SMAC staff prior to submission of a grant application to determine grant eligibility. A staff member will review the application, as time permits, for eligibility and completed requirements. Staff review does not imply that a grant request will be funded. Project quality, content, budget, and accuracy of an application are solely the responsibility of the applicant.
Free grant writing assistance workshops are scheduled for organizations interested in applying to SMAC grant programs. To sponsor a workshop in your area, please contact the SMAC office 507-537-1471, toll-free 800-622-5284 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements for a workshop. To see the list of workshops currently scheduled, please visit: swmnarts.org/grant-workshops/upcoming-workshops/