Grant Categories

Opportunities for Individual Artists

SEMAC awards competitive Individual Artist Grants to encourage the development of entirely original work by artists who are full-time residents of the SEMAC Region.  Original creations in each of the five artistic disciplines - Dance, Literary Arts, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts, as well as interdisciplinary work- will be considered. The original work must culminate in a public showcasing or Capstone Event, via publication, performance, or exhibition, at an accessible venue provided by a non-profit organization.

GRANTS SPECIFICALLY FOR ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES.

Arts & Cultural Heritage

The Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund will support activities in three key areas:  1) Arts and Arts Access,  2) Arts Education,  3) Arts and Cultural Heritage.  SEMAC encourages applicants to research and develop projects 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.

General Operating Support

SEMAC General Operating Support grants operate on a two-year or biennium cycle.  The application window for these grants opens on July 1 and remains open until available funds are exhausted.

Presenter/Production Assistance

Programming grants are offered twice a year to support activities directly involved in the creation, performance, publication, and exhibition of the arts in Southeastern Minnesota with three distinct funding categories.

School Residencies

The School Residency grant is intended to support artist residencies in schools.  A residency is an interactive arts activity involving K-12 students, teachers, and artists.  Residencies provide young people with a direct arts experience with artists, as well as encourage the artist’s professional development by providing a unique employment experience and audience contact.  Residencies must be based upon a well-defined educational experience that is at least one full day or up to five school days in length, and culminate in a capstone event showcasing the students that is accessible and open to the public.

Small Towns/Rural Areas

SEMAC wishes to support and encourage the creation and development of art and arts organizations in communities with populations under 7,500.  This support may be used for assistance in activities, which directly involve the creation, performance, publication, or exhibition of art.

Small, limited-availability grants exclusively for arts organizations:

Arts Management Training

SEMAC offers Arts Management Training Grants to help regional nonprofit arts groups send key staff, board and volunteers to management education workshops, seminars or conferences.  Examples of management training topics include fundraising, audience development, financial management, organizational development, marketing, and volunteer management.

Opportunity Grants

Opportunity grants provide nominal assistance to nonprofit arts organizations and schools or educational institutions for “sudden” projects intended to enable them to take advantage of opportunities that arise with little advance notice.