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SMAC calendar published June 23, 2021

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 2021-22 fiscal year.

Monthly grants

The monthly grants are first-come, first-served with deadlines the first of each month August through April with earliest start date 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 webinars on June 28 and Dec. 7.

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 webinars on July 19 and Jan. 18.

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Grants for schools

Arts in the Schools: For artist residencies or field trips that include educator training and community involvement; juried student art exhibits; and prepackaged theater experiences. Up to $4,000 (artist residencies) or $2,500 (field trips, juried exhibits, or prepackaged theatre), no cash match this year. Round 1: deadline Oct. 6, grant writing webinar Aug. 23, earliest start date Dec. 1.

Grants for artists

Individual artist, emerging or established: Up to $2,500 to aid emerging artists and up to $7,000 to aid established artists for projects that will advance their careers. Round 1: deadline Aug. 4, grant writing webinar June 24, earliest start date Oct. 1.

Artist equity grants: Up to $4,000 to aid Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other artists of color with projects that will advance their skills and artistic careers. Applications ongoing Aug. 1 through May 1, grant writing webinars July 1 and Jan. 10.

Grants for Arts Organizations

Art Legacy Project grants: Up to $20,000 in funding for large-scale projects that will leave an arts legacy; no cash match required this year; deadline Nov. 10, grant writing webinar Sept. 20, earliest start date Feb. 1.

Art Project grants: Up to $7,000 in funding, to stimulate and encourage the creation, performance and appreciation of the arts; pre-packaged theater residencies limited to $2,500; no cash match required this year. Round 1 is deadline Aug. 18, grant writing webinar July 7, earliest start date Dec. 1.

Equipment/Facilities Improvement grants: Up to $10,000 in funding for the purchase of equipment items and facilities improvement that will improve the organization’s capacity to serve the arts needs. No cash match this year. Round 1 deadline Sept. 8, grant writing webinar July 27, earliest start date Nov. 1.

Operating support: 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. Submit financial info in a pre-application to determine your request amount, 15% or 35% of your organization's

average operating budget, depending on budget size. Pre-app submission Sept. 15, application deadline Oct. 20, grant writing webinar Aug. 5, earliest start date Jan. 1.

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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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