Grant Deadlines


As the grant interface is available 24/7, all LOI, Application and Report deadlines are 11:59pm (just before midnight) on the date specified
.  Applications may be submitted up to 30 days prior to the deadline, but will not be accepted the day after the deadline, regardless of whether a deadline falls on a weekend.

Final Reports

Final Reports for all Grantees are due 30 days after the project end date stated in the grant contract.  Reports are assigned through the grant interface and may be found in the Follow Up Forms section on the Applicant Dashboard.  All Grantees are required to send letters of appreciation to their senators and representatives in the Minnesota State Legislature.  Sample Thank You Letter

For all Grants there are two parts to every online grant application.

Part I

LOI or Intent to Submit, includes non-reviewed project description as well as required demographic information

  After your LOI submission is screened for eligibility, Part II will be assigned to you.

Part II   Full Application, includes reviewed grant activity, narrative and budget sections

  The resulting timelines for specific grant categories are as follows.

General Operating Support

Eligible small and medium arts organizations may apply for $4,000 in administrative support beginning July 1 each fiscal year. The submission window will remain open until allocated funds are exhausted. For more information, preview the grant application on the grant interface.

School Residency Grants

Applying for the School Residency Grant program for grades K-12 has no set deadline, although grants are only available until all allocated funds for the fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) are exhausted.  Funds are available when the application is visible on the grant interface.  Applications must be submitted at least sixty days before the planned artist residency. Proposed residencies are accepted from any public or non-religious private school in the SEMAC Region and must culminate in a Capstone Event that is accessible and open to the public.

Timeline for All Other Categories

SEMAC’s fiscal year is comprised of four grant cycles: Grant Cycles A and C are for individual artists only.  Grant Cycles B and D are reserved for programming grants by organizations.

Grant Cycle A    Emerging Artist Grants & Advancing Artist Grants
  Proposing projects that begin September 1 or later, with a capstone event scheduled within the year.
  • on or before June 1  LOI section is available on the grant interface
  • June 24                    LOI section must be submitted by midnight
  • June 24                    Last day to request staff review of applications
  • July 1                       Application Submission Deadline by 11:59pm
  • July 1                       Deadline for receipt of confirmation emails from your contact person at the capstone event venue
Grant Cycle B    Arts & Cultural Heritage, Presenter/Production Assistance, Small Towns/Rural Areas Grants
  Proposing projects that begin December 1 or later, with a capstone event scheduled within the year.
  • on or before Sept 1  LOI section is available on the grant interface
  • September 24           LOI section must be submitted by midnight
  • September 24           Last day to request staff review of applications
  • October 1                 Application Submission Deadline by 11:59pm
  • October 1                 Deadline for receipt of confirmation emails from providers of professional in-kind contributions
Grant Cycle C    Emerging Artist Grants & Advancing Artist Grants
  Proposing projects that begin April 1 or later, with a capstone event scheduled within the year.
  • on or before Jan 1    LOI section is available on the grant interface
  • January 24               LOI section must be submitted by midnight
  • January 24               Last day to request staff review of applications
  • February 1               Application Submission Deadline by 11:59pm
  • February 1               Deadline for receipt of confirmation emails from your contact person at the capstone event venue
Grant Cycle D    Arts & Cultural Heritage, Presenter/Production Assistance, Small Towns/Rural Areas Grants
  Proposing projects that begin June 1 or later, with a capstone event scheduled within the year.
  • on or before March 1  LOI section is available on the grant interface
  • March 25                   LOI section must be submitted by midnight
  • March 25                   Last day to request staff review of applications
  • April 1                       Application Submission Deadline by 11:59pm
  • April 1                       Deadline for receipt of confirmation emails from providers of professional in-kind contributions

Plan ahead! SEMAC staff cannot assist with application or technical questions after close of business at 2:30pm on the last weekday before each submission deadline.