Our Next Deadline

The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council announces a call for proposals in three categories:  Artists in Education, General Operating Support, and Individual Artists.  All proposed projects must take place between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015.  The deadline is July 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.

Artists in Education Grants

Artist residencies are interactive arts activities providing K-12 students and teachers with direct arts experiences with artists.  Residencies encourage the professional development of artists by providing a unique employment experience and audience contact. 

Proposals will be accepted from public or non-religious private schools in the SEMAC region for residencies of 1-5 full school days based upon well-defined arts projects.  The maximum amount for this grant is $3,000.  No match is required.

General Operating Support Grants

General operating support is designed to strengthen and stabilize arts organizations with operating expenses of less than $160,000 in the previous year.  The accounting period or fiscal year for which funding is requested must not begin before October 1, 2014 and must conclude within one calendar year.

Proposals will be accepted from eligible arts organizations in the SEMAC region that have been programming for a minimum of three years.  Colleges and universities are not eligible.  The maximum amount for this grant is $4,000.  No match is required.

Individual Artist Grants

To encourage development of entirely original artistic works, SEMAC offers two distinct grants for individual artists:  Established artist grants recognize, reward, and encourage outstanding individual artists and provide some financial support to enable them to continue their work.  Emerging artist grants offer small but critical support for specific projects by developing artists from all disciplines who are committed to advancing their work and careers.

Proposals will be accepted from individual artists who are full-time residents of the SEMAC region.  The maximum amount for established artists is $5,000.  The maximum amount for emerging artists is $2,500.  No match is required.

The individual artist grant program is generously supported by the McKnight Foundation of Minneapolis.

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