Our Next Deadline

The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council announces a call for proposals in three categories:  Arts & Cultural Heritage, Presenter/Production Assistance, and Small Towns/Rural Areas.  All proposed projects must take place between June 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015.  The postmark deadline is April 1, 2014. 

Applicants are required to use the most recent version of application forms to ensure that all updated guidelines and eligibility requirements are followed.  Current forms may be found on the grant applications page.

Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund Grants

Proposals for Arts & Cultural Heritage fund ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 are accepted from qualified applicants.  A match of 20% is required in this category.

The Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund will support arts focused activities in three key areas:  1) Arts and Arts Access, 2) Arts Education,  and 3) Arts and Cultural Heritage.  SEMAC encourages applicants to research and develop proposals 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.  In addition to eligible arts organizations, nonprofits that do not have arts as a primary focus, such as schools, senior centers, community education, cultural groups and colleges are invited to apply.

Future funding of Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants depends on appropriate use of current funding.  SEMAC urges arts organizations, non-arts organizations with an arts component, and government entities to apply.  First-time applicants must attend the proposal drafting session on March 20 from 10am to 12n in Rochester.  To learn more or to sign up, email staff(at)semac.org or call the SEMAC office at 507-281-4848.

Presenter/Production Assistance Grants

Proposals for Presenter/Production grants offer funding up to $3,000 to qualified applicants.  Matching funds are required.

Presenter Assistance grants are intended to help regional arts organizations and educational institutions sponsor appearances by touring artists or companies who have demonstrated high levels of artistic quality.  These grants are not for local productions or artist residencies in schools.

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.

Small Towns/Rural Areas Grants

The Small Towns/Rural Areas grants offer funding up to $3,000 to qualified applicants located in areas with populations under 7,500.  Matching funds are required.

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.  Applicants may include arts organizations, government entities and public or non-religious private schools, either individually or in cooperation.  These grants are not for individual artists.

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