Organizational Grants

NOTE: This year we return to an LOI stage for all Organizational Grants. The LOI must be submitted at least one week prior to the grant deadline. New to the process? Online applications are divided into two sections. The LOI asks questions to determine whether the organization and project are eligible to proceed. Eligible applicants continue to the application itself.

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.

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.

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.