General Operating Support

Effective in Fiscal Year 2018, there are no longer two grant deadlines per fiscal year for General Operating Support, nor are applications subject to a review process by the SEMAC Arts Advisory Panel. The procedure is ongoing and all applications are authorized and monitored directly by the Board of Directors.

On July 1 of each fiscal year a pool of money will be set aside for General Operating Support. Qualified small and medium arts organizations in the SEMAC Region with annual operating expenses under $166,000 may apply once per fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) for $4,000 in funding to support staffing and salaries, equipment purchase, facilities and maintenance, or other administrative expenses. Funds may not be used for programming expenses. Matching funds are not required.  The Board of Directors will consider applications on a case-by-case basis until the funding pool is exhausted.

Grantees will continue to sign contractual agreements, write letters of thanks to state legislators, and submit final reports, which will be monitored by the Board of Directors. The Board will use this information in conjunction with online applications when considering future funding for a particular organization, which may include the receipt of $4,000 for the second fiscal year without submitting a new proposal.

In addition to the general eligibility requirements for SEMAC funding, arts organizations meeting all of the following conditions are invited to apply for General Operating Support.

  1. Been in existence and offering programming for at least three years.
  2. Established federal tax exempt 501(c)(3) or equivalent status.
  3. Total operating expenses less than $166,000 in the previous year.
  4. Within the past two fiscal years has not received Operating Support from the Minnesota State Arts Board (MSAB).
  5. No overdue or unapproved final or interim reports from a previous SEMAC grant.

SEMAC General Operating Support funds may not be use for programming expenses or requested for any of these other expenses.