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 2023 Grant Calendar



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

Provides public schools with up to $4,000 for projects such as artist residencies, arts field trips, juried student art exhibits, etc.  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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