Changes to SW MN Arts Council grant programs for Fiscal Year 2022 (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022)

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Cash match requirement remains suspended

For Fiscal Year 2022, no cash match will be required of organization applicants in any grant program.

New “Quick Support” grant programs

Apply by the 1st of the month, and if awarded, begin your project on the 1st of the following month. Available August through April while funding remains.

Quick Support for Organizations

  • Organizations may request up to $2,500 for Art Legacy project planning, arts organization development (board training, strategic planning, etc.), arts organization start-up (creating bylaws, filing for 501(c)(3) status, etc.), small equipment purchases, and small art projects.
  • Previous grant programs for Art Legacy Project Planning, Arts Organization Development, and Arts Organization Start-Up have been discontinued.
  • For arts organizations requesting start-up funds, the requirement for at least two years of programming before applying has been eliminated.

Quick Support for Artists

  • Artists at any stage of their career may request up to $1,000 for supplies, classes, etc. and small artist-led community projects.

Guidelines for Operating Support grants

  • Arts organizations with current 501(c)(3) status and at least two completed years of financials and programming may apply. (Previously, applicants were required to have 501(c)(3) status for at least three years.)
  • During the pre-application process, arts organizations may use any two recent consecutive years of financial information to calculate their average expenses, omitting 2020 if they choose.
  • The funding period for all grantees will run from January 1 through December 30, rather than following each organization’s fiscal year.

Application improvements

  • Organizations no longer need to provide their 501(c)(3) status letter. SMAC will verify nonprofit status using the organization’s EIN.
  • Organizations need to provide less information about their annual financials – only a total of annual expenses is required.
  • Equipment bids are no longer required.
  • More work sample upload fields are available for artist applicants.
  • Questions about impact and outcomes have been consolidated and simplified.
  • Accommodations are available for those needing help with the application process – just contact us!

The new grant calendar is here!

Click here to view Southwest Minnesota Arts Council’s fiscal year 2022 grant programs calendar, which runs from July 2021 through June 2022.

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