SMAC calendar published March 24, 2021

Southwest Minnesota Arts Council events in the next month


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), 20% cash match for prepackaged theatre only. Applications due April 14, earliest start date June 1. These grants can be used in summer and fall of 2021 or winter and spring of 2022.

Grants for Artists

Grant deadlines for the 2020-21 fiscal year for individual artist grants.

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. No match requirements and applications ongoing, through May 1, or until funding for the year has been expended.

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 31, earliest start date May 1.

Grants for Arts Organizations

Grant deadlines and webinar dates for the 2020-21 fiscal year.


Going virtual equipment, technology and training grant: This special grant program, funded with Minnesota Disaster Relief Funds, provides up to $1,000 to aid arts organizations in the SMAC Region with equipment or technology that will allow them to provide virtual events and programming. Applicants can also use the monies to participate in “go-virtual” training or consultations. No match requirements, funds still available.

Art Organization Start-up Grants: up to $2,000 to provide at least two years of programming to develop articles of incorporation, by-laws, and apply for their 501(c)(3) status. No cash match required, deadline the first of the month.

Monthly grants

The monthly grants for arts organizations for the 2020-21 fiscal year are first-come, first-served with deadlines at 4:30 p.m. the first of each month through April.

Legacy Project Planning Grants: up to $2,500 to plan for a specific large-scale project or activity that will create or advance a strong arts legacy.

Organization Development Grants: up to $2,500 in funding to increase long-term stability and capacity through organizational development and management projects.

Start Up Grants: up to $2,000 in funding for art organizations with at least two years programming to develop articles of incorporation, by-laws, and apply for their 501(c)(3).

Prairie Disciple Awards

The Prairie Disciple award provides awareness and recognition of one individual from the 18-county area of southwestern Minnesota served by SMAC, whose activities and involvement have substantially contributed to the arts over an extended period of time. The accomplishments of arts advocates working in the region are often not widely known or appreciated. In recognizing these individuals publicly, the awards will raise the profile of the arts in their community and throughout the SMAC region. Nominations are due by April 15 and must be made online on the SMAC website,

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