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SMAC calendar published June 15, 2022

Southwest Minnesota Arts Council events in the next month

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The Southwest Minnesota Arts Council serves 18 counties as a source of funds and technical assistance to enable local organizations, educational institutions and individuals to sponsor and/or create and promote arts in their communities. The office and gallery are at 114 North Third Street in Marshall. Workshops and grant-writing webinars are free of charge, but advance registration is required. Call 800-622-5284, email info@swmnarts.org, or see the website at www.swmnarts.org . Below are the grant deadlines for the 2022-23 fiscal year.

Open office support: second Tuesday of the month, between 10 a.m.and 2 p.m., in-person, for assistance with any grant-related questions. Or schedule an appointment with the grants administrator.

Willmar in-person grant Q&A: June 28, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Willmar Public Library; SMAC grants administrator Caroline Koska will hold an in-person question and answer session on grants for the coming year — July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023. Funding is available for organizations, artists, schools and youth in the southwest Minnesota region. There have been significant changes for this coming fiscal year. Session is free, but pre-registration is preferred; let SMAC staff know if you'd like to request accommodations to attend this event by emailing info@swmnarts.org or calling 800-622-5284.

Virtual grant Q&A: get your questions answered about our grant programs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 12, Dec. 13 and March 9, via Zoom. Pre-registration required.

Webinars: grant-writing webinars are listed with each grant below.

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Monthly grants

The monthly grants for arts organizations for the 2022-23 fiscal year are first-come, first-served with deadlines the first of each month August through May. Earliest start date will be the first of the following month.

Quick support for organizations: Provides 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. Grant-writing webinar July 21.

Quick support for artists: Provides up to $1,000 for activities such as purchasing supplies, attending classes, and small artist-led community projects. Grant-writing webinar on July 7.

Artist equity grants: Up to $4,000 to aid Black, Indigenous, and other artists of color at any career stage with projects that will advance their skills and artistic career. Grant-writing webinar July 7.

Grants for schools

Arts in the Schools: 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 this year. Deadline Oct. 5, grant-writing webinar Aug. 25, earliest start date Dec. 1.

Grants for artists

Grant deadlines for the 2022-23 fiscal year for individual artist grants. Grant-writing webinars require advance registration.

Art Study Opportunity for Youth Grants: Up to $500 in funding for students in grades 5-12 for an enrichment camp or specialty study. Standard weekly lessons are allowed only for those students who qualify for the federal free or reduced lunch program. Deadline March 29, grant-writing webinar Feb. 9, earliest start date May 1.

Artist Growth Grant: Up to $4,000 to artists at any career stage for projects that will advance their skills and artistic career. Deadline Aug. 17, grant-writing webinar July 7, earliest start date Oct. 1.

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Advanced Artist Fellowship: Up to $7,000 in project funds to established advanced artists who exhibit creative excellence, a substantial body of work, and significant recognition of their artistic accomplishments; two fellowships awarded. Deadline Oct. 19, grant-writing webinar July 7, earliest start date Dec. 1.

Grants for Arts Organizations

Grant deadlines and webinar dates for the 2022-23 fiscal year. No cash match required this fiscal year. Deadlines and grant-writing webinars vary. Webinars are free; participants must register to be able to join the meeting.

Art Project grants: Up to $7,000 in funding, to stimulate and encourage the creation, performance and appreciation of the arts. Deadline July 27, grant-writing webinar June 15, earliest start date Sept. 1.

Equipment/Facilities Improvement grants: Up to $10,000 for the purchase of equipment items and facilities improvement that will improve the organization’s capacity to serve the arts needs. Deadline Sept. 14, grant-writing webinar Aug. 4, earliest start date Nov. 1.

Art Legacy Project grants: Up to $20,000 in funding for large-scale projects that will leave an arts legacy. Deadline Nov. 9, grant-writing webinar Sept. 29, earliest start date Feb. 1.

Donna Middleton started working at the West Central Tribune in 1975 and has been the news assistant since 1992. She compiles the arts, health, farm and community page calendars, as well as rewrites and works on the special sections.
She can be contacted at dmiddleton@wctrib.com or phone 320-214-4341.
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