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.

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, 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:, 800-622-5284.


Dulcimer residency with artist Ross Sutter at Bert Raney School. Children sit on a gym floor with dulcimers while Ross Sutter plays guitar at the head of the group.

Arts in the Schools Grants

Grants to schools for artist residencies or field trips that include educator training and community involvement, juried student art exhibits, and prepackaged theater experiences.  Up to $2,500 (field trips, juried exhibits, or prepackaged theater) or $4,000 (residencies). No cash match required.

William Huber, in suit, plays trumpet on stage with students on drum set and bass instrument in the background. Part of the Southwest Minnesota State University Jazz residency.

COMPAS Roster of Artists

COMPAS maintains a Roster of Artists to help schools who are searching for qualified professionals to conduct residencies in schools. To visit the COMPAS website and learn more about their artists, click here.

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