SEMAC announces grant proposal application deadline

Published 9:12 am Monday, August 26, 2013

The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council announces its deadline for grant proposals in three categories. The postmark deadline is Oct. 1.

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

The Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund will support arts focused activities in three key areas: arts and arts access, arts education, and 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.

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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 a proposal drafting session. Three sessions will be held. To learn more or to sign up, email 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 arts production projects and 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 less than 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 less than 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.

All proposed projects must take place between Dec. 1, 2013, and Nov. 30, 2014.

For more information contact the SEMAC office at 507-281-4848 or online at

SEMAC is a non-profit arts agency and is the state of Minnesota Arts Board designated regional arts council for the counties of Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha and Winona.