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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.

Organization 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.

FY 2022 Grant Calendar

Applicants may fill out and submit their application in several ways:
• through our online grant system
• in a Word document, submitted by email to info@swmnarts.org, along with required attachments
• on paper with required attachments, submitted by mail or dropped off at our office:

SW MN Arts Council
PO Box 55
114 N 3rd St.
Marshall, MN 56258

Contact us to request paper application: info@swmnarts.org, 800-622-5284.

From the Rhythm of the River music festival in Jackson, MN, two women post to look like their heads on on paper mache fiddle players.

Art Project Grants

Provides organizations in the SMAC region with up to $7,000 in matching funds to stimulate and encourage the creation, performance and appreciation of the arts. No cash match required in fiscal year 2022.

Mural on an outdoors staircase in Montevideo, MN, designed and executed by artist Victoria Fortenberry-Jones. Stairs are painted with blue waves. Photo shows people walking down the stairs.

Art Legacy Project Grants

Provides organizations in the SMAC region with up to $20,000 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. No cash match required in fiscal year 2022.

A group of people gathered in a space that is a work in progress-there are string lights strung on the ceiling and some artwork designs drawn directly on the walls.

Quick Support for Organizations

Provides organization with up to $2,500 for activities such as planning for an Art Legacy project, strategic planning or board training, costs to apply for 501(c)(3) status, small equipment purchases, or small arts projects.  No cash match required in fiscal year 2022.

Outside theatre production in front of a lake. Stage and colored lights are all set up outside at night. Image from AMP's (Art & Mentoring Project) production of Moana Jr.

Equipment & Facilities Improvement Grants

Provides up to $10,000 in matching funds 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. No cash match required in fiscal year 2022.

Outside art activity at the Hutchinson Center for the arts. Tables are set up and people work with paint brushes at them.

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 more than $25,000, the grant provides up to 15% of the organization’s average operating budget each of the two years.

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