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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.

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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. No cash match required in fiscal year 2022.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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