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Equipment and Facilities Grants

Grants to Southwest Minnesota Arts Nonprofits and
Agencies for Facility Improvements to Enhance Operations

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Foundation / Corporation

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Southwest Minnesota Arts Council (SMAC)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

01/31/18 4:30 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Southwest Minnesota nonprofit arts organizations and units of government to purchase equipment or improve facilities. Applicants are encouraged to contact program staff prior to applying. The purpose of this program is to enhance organizational capacity to provide arts services within the region.

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

Applicants must make the case that their project fulfills SMAC’s program intent and one or more of its commitments.

SMAC is committed to:
-Supporting artists and arts organizations in creating, producing and presenting high-quality arts activities
-Overcoming barriers to accessing high-quality arts activities
-Instilling the arts into the community and public life in the region
-Supporting high-quality, age-appropriate arts education for residents of all ages to develop knowledge, skills, and understanding of the arts
-Supporting events and activities that represent the diverse ethnic and cultural arts traditions including folk and traditional artists and art organizations, represented in this region

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178334

Estimated Size of Grant:

For this current round, there is increased funding available, with a maximum request of $10,000. Funding of this grant program is capped at $50,000 per organization within a 10-year time-frame.

Term of Contract:

The earliest project start date is March 15, 2017.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant must be an arts council, commission, or other entity whose principal purposes include planning, services, and development for arts organizations and artists.

The Equipment & Facilities Improvement grant programs are open to nonprofit arts 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 an official unit of a city, county, or state government of the State of Minnesota. Any formal organization not meeting this requirement may apply through a fiscal agent.

A fiscal agent is an organization meeting the requirements listed above. A signed agreement spelling out the relationship between the applicant and the fiscal agent must be submitted with the application. A fiscal agent, if used, must sign the application and, if funded, sign the Arts Grant Contract, and is legally responsible for the completion of the project and for the proper management of grant funds.

Applications submitted from schools are not eligible for this grant program.

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

The following projects and organizations are NOT eligible for SMAC Equip/Facilities grants:
-Applications that do not have an art focus.
-Activities of a for-profit project, organization, or business.
-Project/activities outside of Minnesota. Must not use more than ten percent of the total grant for costs related to travel outside the state of Minnesota, including contractor or consultant travel.
-Projects where funds are requested to account for deficits in projects or programs begun prior to the project earliest start date. In other words, payment of debts incurred before the grant activities begin or outside of the grant project scope of activity.
-Applicants with past due SMAC final (or other) reports.
-Applications where funds are to be used to match other SMAC grant applications.
-Requests for new building construction, purchase of real property, or endowment funds.
-Fundraising events: Grant funds should allow projects to break even, not make a profit.
-Activities essentially for the religious socialization of the participants or audience.
-Applications submitted for the purpose of regranting, lobbying or scholarships.
-Projects that will not take responsibility for their publicity, media coverage, and public relations and that won’t provide timely promotion of the project throughout the SMAC region through use of the proper funding credit line and logo.

Pre-proposal Conference:

SMAC Equipment & Facilities Improvement grant workshop: December 14, 2017, 5 pm at SMAC Office.

Registration information can be found in Contact Information below.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants are strongly encouraged to call the SMAC staff to determine whether their project plan is appropriate before beginning an application.

It is always best to contact SMAC staff prior to submission of a grant application to determine grant eligibility. A staff member will review the application, as time permits, for eligibility and completed requirements. Staff review does not imply that a grant request will be funded. Project quality, content, budget, and accuracy of an application are solely the responsibility of the applicant.

Applicant match must include 20% of the entire project’s cash cost. Although the minimum required cash matches are 20%, note that applications that include a higher match will receive a higher score and may be more competitive in the process.


Round I:
-Application Deadline: August 16, 2017
-Panel: September 6, 2017
-Board Action: September 26, 2017
-Earliest project start date: October 15, 2017

Round II:
-Application Deadline: January 31, 2018
-Panel: February 17, 2018
-Board Action: February 27, 2018
-Earliest project start date: March 15, 2018

Deadlines: submitted via the online application system by 4:30 PM on the deadline date.

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 (contact details below) to make arrangements for a workshop. You may also contact the staff via phone or email if you have questions on the guidelines or application.

Grants process:

Contact Information:

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

Register for the workshop here, or via the contact information below:

Apply Online:

Southwest Minnesota Arts Council
114 North 3rd Street
PO Box 55
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