SEMAC to offer grants to support the arts

Published 6:51 pm Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council has announced 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 June 1 and be completed within one year, culminating in a capstone event that is accessible and open to the public.

Online applications will be available throughout March. The letter of intent stage of the application must be completed by March 25, with submission deadline of April 1.

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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 match of 20 percent is required in this category.

The Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund will support arts focused activities in arts and arts access, arts education and arts and cultural heritage, the release stated. 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.


Presenter/Production Assistance grants

Proposals for Presenter/Production grants offer funding up to $3,000 to qualified applicants located in the SEMAC Region. 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 art 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 of the SEMAC Region with populations under 7,500. Matching funds are required.

With limited funding available each fiscal year, every SEMAC grant category is competitive and includes an letter of intent stage used as an initial screening for eligibility.

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