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in Eligible Counties to Improve Arts Facilities

Equipment and Facilities Grant

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Southwest Minnesota Arts Council (SMAC)

Conf. Date:

01/04/22

Deadline Date:

02/09/22 4:30 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Minnesota nonprofit organizations and government agencies in eligible counties to support arts in the community. Grant funds may be used for capital projects such as facilities improvements and for purchasing equipment. Funding is intended to strengthen organizational capacity to serve the arts needs of the region. This grant program is open to organizations located in the eighteen counties of the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council (SMAC) service region, including Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Swift, and Yellow Medicine.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178334

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Equipment & Facilities Improvement grants are available for up to $10,000.
- Funds received through this grant program are capped at $50,000 per organization within a 10-year timeframe. Applicants can only receive up to $50,000 for equipment & facilities improvement within a decade.

Term of Contract:

Round I: Earliest project start date: November 1, 2021
Round II: Earliest project start date: April 1, 2022
- The start date for a SMAC grant is defined as the point at which the project is set in motion (e.g. auditions, rehearsals, advertising and public notification, payment of fees, ordering and/or paying for supplies or printed material, etc.). No funds can be expended prior to the project start date. Projects must be concluded no later than June 30, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Equipment & Facilities Improvement grant program is open to nonprofit organizations as described in Section 501 (c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code with Articles of Incorporation on file with the State of Minnesota or official units of city, county, or state government of the State of Minnesota. Any formal organization not meeting this requirement may apply through a fiscal sponsor.

The eighteen counties of the SMAC service region include: Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Swift, and Yellow Medicine.

Requests for equipment will be accepted from non-arts organizations if the case can be made that the main purpose is to support community arts projects.

If you have received a SMAC Operating Support grant, you may not include pro-rated general operating costs in the budget for any other SMAC grant program (such as this one) that occurs during the same time period as the Operating Support Grant.

For ineligible projects and activities, see https://swmnarts.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/General-Grant-Guidelines-FY22.pdf#page=2.

Pre-proposal Conference:

SMAC Equipment & Facilities Improvement grant workshop webinars:

Round I: July 27, 2021, 5:30 to 6:30 pm.
To Register: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ehz42ipke348f987&llr=9e86hmdab

Round II: January 4, 2022, noon to 1:00 pm.
To Register: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ei3ni2913d55f7b6&llr=9e86hmdab

To schedule one-on-one time with a grants administrator: https://calendly.com/carolinekoska-smac

Free grant writing assistance workshops are scheduled for organizations interested in applying to the SMAC grant programs. To sponsor a workshop in your area, please contact the SMAC office 507-537-1471 or 800-622-5284, or e-mail info@swmnarts.org to make arrangements.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadlines for FY 2022. Submitted online by 4:30 PM:
Round I
- Application Deadline: September 8, 2021
- Panel Review: October 2, 2021
- Board Action: October 26, 2021
- Earliest project start date: November 1, 2021

Round II
- Application Deadline: February 9, 2022
- Panel Review: March 5, 2022
- Board Action: March 22, 2022
- Earliest project start date: April 1, 2022

Before beginning an application, you are strongly encouraged to contact SW MN Arts Council to determine if this grant program is appropriate for your project.

To request a review of your application prior to submission, contact staff at least two weeks prior to the deadline. A staff member will review the application, as time permits, for eligibility and completed requirements.

In fiscal year 2022, no cash match is required.

Video Tutorial for Online Grant System: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8P9ImR-APIbOVI5YVBFUWpXbnc/view

Video recording of July 27, 2021 webinar available here: https://youtu.be/zr9snsvWu8U

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applicants may fill out and submit their application in several ways:
- Online application portal: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=smahc
- In a Word document, submitted by email along with required attachments to: info@swmnarts.org
- On paper with required attachments, submitted by mail or dropped off at the office:
Southwest Minnesota Arts Council
PO Box 55, 114 N 3rd St,
Marshall, MN 56258)

Toll Free: +1 800 622 5284
Telephone: +1 507 537 1471

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Swift and Yellow Medicine Counties

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