SEMAC announces grant application deadline

Published 9:05 pm Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council announces a call for proposals in three categories:  Arts & Cultural Heritage, Presenter/Production Assistance, and Small Towns/Rural Areas, according to a press release. 

All proposed projects must begin no earlier than Dec. 1 and be completed within 12 months, culminating in a capstone event that is accessible and open to the public. Online applications will be available throughout this month with an Oct. 1 submission deadline. To ensure meeting that deadline, the council suggests the initial LOI be submitted on or before Sept. 21.

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 & Cultural Heritage fund grants

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

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 contact to make sure the proposed project qualifies in this category.


Presenter/Production Assistance grants

Proposals for Presenter/Production grants offer funding up to $3,000 to qualified applicants located in the SEMAC region. A 20 percent match is 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.  The 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 through well-defined arts production projects.


Small Towns/Rural Areas grants

The Small Towns/Rural Areas grants offer funding up to $3,000 to qualified applicants located in areas of the SEMAC region with populations under 7,500. A 20 percent match is required.

SEMAC support may be used for assistance in activities which directly involve the creation, performance, publication or exhibition of art.  Applicants may include arts organizations, government entities and public or non-religious private schools, either individually or in cooperation.  The grants cannot be used to cover the costs of school residencies.