Grant Categories

Arts and Cultural Heritage

The Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund will support activities in three key areas:  1) Arts and Arts Access, 
2) Arts Education,  3) Arts and Cultural Heritage.  SEMAC encourages applicants to research and develop projects that incorporate two or more of the key areas with an emphasis on creating lasting partnerships among regional nonprofit arts organizations and other nonprofit groups.

  • Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants are for a minimum of $3,000 and a maximum of $10,000. 
  • Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants require a 20% match.
  • Recipients are eligible to apply twice in a given fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) up to the $10,000 maximum.
  • Two postmark deadlines per fiscal year – October 1 and April 1.

Artists in Education

The Artists in Education grant is intended to support artist residencies in schools.  A residency is an interactive arts activity involving K-12 students, teachers, and artists.  Residencies provide young people with a direct arts experience with artists, as well as encourage the artist’s professional development by providing a unique employment experience and audience contact.  Residencies must be based upon a well-defined project and at least one full day or up to five full school days in length, and culminate in a capstone event that is accessible and open to the public.

  • Artists in Education applications of no less than $300 and no more than $3,000 will be considered for funding.
  • No matching funds are required for Artists in Education grants.
  • Recipients of Artists in Education grants are eligible to reapply annually.
  • Two postmark deadlines per fiscal year – July 1 and February 1.

Arts Management Training

SEMAC offers Arts Management Training Grants to help regional nonprofit arts groups send key staff, board and volunteers to management education workshops, seminars or conferences.  Examples of management training topics include fundraising, audience development, financial management, organizational development, marketing, and volunteer management.

  • Arts Management Training Grants are for a maximum of $300 per event, per person, and for a fiscal year maximum of $600 per organization.
  • Funds for Arts Management Training are not always available; check with SEMAC.
  • No match is required for Arts Management Training.
  • The deadline for receipt of applications is thirty days prior to the training start date.

General Operating Support
Proposals for organizational development will be accepted from eligible arts organizations that have been programming for a minimum of three years.  The purpose of these grants is to strengthen and stabilize arts organizations.  (Colleges and universities are ineligible.) 

  • General Operating Support applications of no less than $300 and no more than $4,000 will be considered for funding.
  • Eligible non-profit arts organizations with operating expenses of less than $160,000 in the previous year are invited to apply.
  • Matching funds are not required. 
  • Two postmark deadlines per fiscal year – July 1 and February 1.

McKnight Individual Artist Grants

SEMAC will provide Individual Artist Grants to encourage the development of entirely original work by both Emerging Artists and Established Artists from the region.  Such works could include original literary or dramatic scripts, musical compositions, choreographies, visual arts creations, and interdisciplinary works. 
The original work must be earmarked for a public showcasing, via publication, performance, or exhibition, in conjunction with a non-profit arts organization.

  • Individual Artist Grants of no less than $300 and no more than $2,500 will be considered for funding in the Emerging Artist category, and no more than $5,000 in the Established Artist category.
  • No matching funds are required for Individual Artist Grants.
  • Recipients of Individual Artist Grants are not eligible to apply for funds over the next two consecutive deadlines, i.e., application may only be made as often as every three years.
  • Two postmark deadlines per fiscal year – July 1 and February 1.

Opportunity

Opportunity grants provide assistance to artists, non-profit organizations, and schools or educational institutions for “sudden” projects.  These grants are intended to enable artists, organizations, and schools to take advantage of opportunities that arise with little advance notice.

  • Opportunity Grants of up to $300 will be considered for funding.
  • Opportunity Grants do not require matching funds.
  • Recipients of Opportunity Grants are eligible to apply twice in a given fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) if funds are available.
  • The deadline for receipt of Opportunity Grants applications is fifteen days prior to the intended start date.

Presenter/Production Assistance

Presenter Assistance grants are intended to help local arts organizations in Southeastern Minnesota sponsor appearances by touring artists or companies which have demonstrated a high level of artistic quality.  These grants are not intended for local productions or artists’ school residencies.  Production Assistance grants support activities directly involved in the creation, performance, publication, and exhibition of art.  The two distinct subcategories within Production Assistance grants are: 1) Arts Production Projects, and
2) Administrative Support Projects.

  • Presenter/Production Assistance grants of no less than $300 and no more than $3,000 will be considered for funding.
  • Presenter/Production Assistance grants require a 50% match.
  • Recipients of Presenter/Production Assistance grants are eligible to reapply annually.
  • Two postmark deadlines per fiscal year – October 1 and April 1.

Program/Administrative Consultancies

The Program/Administrative Consultancies program offers professional consultants for board retreats, fundraising, working with volunteers, or budgeting.  Non-profit arts organizations that have been in existence for at least three years and program year-round may apply, unless they have received General Operating Support from the MSAB or the McKnight Foundation.  These grants are not competitive, but rather handled by staff and a Board committee.

  • Funds for Consultancy grants are not always available; check with SEMAC.
  • Consultancy grant proposals of no less than $300 and no more than $3,000 will be considered for funding.
  • These are in-kind only matching grants; meaning no cash match is required.  However, in-kind support must be 50% of the total project.
  • Recipients of Consultancy grants are eligible to reapply annually.
  • The deadline for receipt of Consultancy applications is thirty days prior to the intended start date.

Small Towns/Rural Areas

SEMAC wishes to support and encourage the creation and development of art and arts organizations in communities with populations under 7,500.  This support may be used for assistance in activities, which directly involve the creation, performance, publication, or exhibition of art or assistance in administrative, operating, or capital expenditures.

  • Small Towns/Rural Areas grants of no less than $300 and no more than $3,000 will be considered for funding.
  • Small Towns/Rural Areas grants require a 50% match.
  • Recipients of Small Towns/Rural Areas grants are eligible to reapply annually.
  • Two postmark deadlines per fiscal year – October 1 and April 1.

For a complete guide to grant eligibility and the application process, please download Guidelines.

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