SEMAC announces grant application deadlines

Published 9:00 am Sunday, March 6, 2016

The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council announces a call for proposals in three categories of arts and cultural heritage, presenter/production assistance and small towns/rural areas. All proposed projects must take place between June 1 and May 31, 2017, and culminate in a capstone event that is accessible and open to the public. The online application deadline is at 11:59 p.m. April 1.

SEMAC, a nonprofit arts agency, is designated by the state of Minnesota Arts Board as the regional arts council for 11 southeastern Minnesota counties: Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha and Winona.

For information about the grant application process, eligibility or grant writing assistance, contact the SEMAC office at 2778 D Commerce Drive NW, Rochester, MN 55901; or call 507-281-4848. Information may also be found at

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Arts and cultural heritage fund grants

Proposals for arts and cultural heritage grants 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.

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. 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 by arts organizations 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 under 7,500. Matching funds are required.