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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.

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.

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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. 20% cash match required.

Art Legacy Project Grants

Provides organizations in the SMAC region with up to $25,000 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. 20% cash match required.

Art Legacy Project Planning Grants

Provides organizations in the SMAC region with up to $2,500 to plan for a specific large-scale project or activity that will create or advance a strong arts legacy in Minnesota. 20% cash match required.

Arts Organization Development Grants

Provides arts organization in the SMAC region up to $5,000 in matching funds to  increase their long-term stability and capacity through organizational development and management projects. 20% cash match required.

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. 20% cash match required.

Arts Organization Start-Up Grants

Provides art organizations with at least two years of programming up to $2,000 to develop articles of incorporation, by-laws, and apply for their 501(c)(3) status.  NO cash match required.

Operating Support Grants

Two-year grants for arts organizations that have been designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) for a minimum of three years.

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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