SMAC calendar published Dec. 22, 2021

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Dec. 23—The Southwest Minnesota Arts Council serves 18 counties as a source of funds and technical assistance to enable local organizations, educational institutions and individuals to sponsor and/or create and promote arts in their communities. The office and gallery are at 114 North Third Street in Marshall. Workshops and grant-writing webinars are free of charge, but advance registration is required. Call 800-622-5284, email info@swmnarts.org, or see the website at www.swmnarts.org. Below are the grant deadlines for the 2021-22 fiscal year. The office will be closed Dec. 24 through Jan. 3.

Open office support: Jan. 11, in-person, the second Tuesday of the month, between 10 a.m.and 2 p.m., for assistance with any grant-related questions. Or schedule an appointment with the grants administrator.

Virtual grant Q&A: get your questions answered about our grant programs from 7 to 8 p.m. Jan. 6, via Zoom.

Webinars: grant-writing webinars are listed with each grant below.

Monthly grants

The monthly grants for arts organizations for the 2021-22 fiscal year are first-come, first-served with deadlines the first of each month August through April. Earliest start date will be the first of the following month. The last grant-writing webinar is recorded and available on he website.

Quick support for organizations: Provides up to $2,500 for activities such as planning for an Art Legacy Project, strategic planning or board training, costs to apply for 501(c)(3) status, small equipment purchases, or small arts projects. grant-writing webinar Dec. 7.

Quick support for artists: Provides up to $1,000 for activities such as purchasing

supplies, attending classes, and small artist-led community projects. grant-writing webinar on Jan. 18.

Grants for schools

Arts in the Schools: For artist residencies or field trips that include educator training and community involvement; juried student art exhibits; and prepackaged theater experiences. Up to $4,000 (artist residencies) or $2,500 (field trips, juried exhibits, or prepackaged theatre), no cash match this year; deadline Jan. 26, earliest start date March 1.

Grants for artists

Grant deadlines for the 2021-22 fiscal year for individual artist grants. grant-writing webinars require advance registration.

Artist equity grants: Up to $4,000 to aid Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other artists of color with projects that will advance their skills and artistic careers. Applications ongoing through May 1, grant-writing webinar Jan. 10.

Individual artist, emerging or established: Up to $2,500 to aid emerging artists and up to $7,000 to aid established artists for projects that will advance their careers; deadline Jan. 12, earliest start date March 1.

Community Collaboration Grants: up to $10,000 to artists to create a major new work while collaborating with the community, introducing community members to the arts in a new way; deadline Jan. 12, earliest start date March 1.

Art Study Opportunity for Youth Grants: up to $500 in funding for students in grades 5-12 for an enrichment camp or specialty study. Standard weekly lessons are allowed only for those students who qualify for the federal free or reduced lunch program; deadline March 30, grant-writing webinar Feb. 15, earliest start date May 1.

Grants for Arts Organizations

Grant deadlines and webinar dates for the 2021-22 fiscal year. No cash match required this fiscal year. Deadlines and grant-writing webinars vary. Webinars are free, participants must register to be able to join the meeting.

Art Project grants: Up to $7,000 in funding, to stimulate and encourage the creation, performance and appreciation of the arts; pre-packaged theater residencies limited to $2,500; deadline deadline March 23, grant-writing webinar Feb. 10, earliest start date May 1.

Equipment/Facilities Improvement grants: Up to $10,000 in funding for the purchase of equipment items and facilities improvement that will improve the organization's capacity to serve the arts needs; deadline Feb. 9, grant-writing webinar Jan. 5, earliest start date April 1.

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