Grant Categories

Assuming that the pandemic will continue to have an impact, the SEMAC Board of Directors has determined that no matching funds will be required in FY2022.  Any postponed grant activities must have concluded before applying for additional grants.  Other changes to SEMAC grant categories are outlined below.

Opportunities for Individual Artists

SEMAC continues to award competitive Individual Artist Grants to encourage the development of entirely original work by artists who are full-time residents of the SEMAC Region.  Original creations in each of the five artistic disciplines - Dance, Literary Arts, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts, as well as interdisciplinary work- will be considered. The original work must culminate in a public showcasing or Capstone Event, via publication, performance, or exhibition, at an accessible venue provided by a non-profit organization.  If in-person capstone events are still not possible, virtual events will be acceptable.


Arts & Cultural Heritage (now called Legacy Grants)

The Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund supports arts programming 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.

General Operating Support

General Operating Support grants are designed to strengthen and stabilize small and medium arts organizations by supporting administrative expenses over the course of two years (biennial grant).  Colleges and universities are not eligible to apply.

Programming Grants for Arts Organizations

Formerly called Presenter/Production Assistance, these grants are offered twice a year to support activities directly involved in the creation, performance, publication, and exhibition of the arts in Southeastern Minnesota.

School Residencies

The School Residency 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 educational experience that is at least one full day or up to five school days in length, and culminate in a capstone event showcasing the students that is accessible and open to the public.

Small Towns/Rural Areas Grants

SEMAC wishes to support and encourage the creation and development of art and arts organizations in communities with populations under 7,500 by offering Small Towns/Rural Areas grants.  This support may be used for assistance in activities which directly involve the creation, performance, publication, or exhibition of art.

Small, limited-availability grants exclusively for arts organizations:

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.

Opportunity Grants

Opportunity grants provide nominal assistance to nonprofit arts organizations and schools or educational institutions for “sudden” projects intended to enable them to take advantage of opportunities that arise with little advance notice.  Note that expenses related to building and/or facility improvements are NOT eligible in the Opportunity Grant category.