This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage fund.
The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council announces a call for proposals in three categories: Arts & Cultural Heritage, Presenter/Production Assistance, and Small Towns/Rural Areas. All proposed projects must take place between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018 and culminate in a capstone event that is accessible and open to the public. Online applications will be available throughout March with a deadline of April 1, 2017.
SEMAC, a non-profit arts agency, is designated by the State of Minnesota Arts Board as the regional arts council for 11 southeastern Minnesota counties: Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, and Winona.
For information about the grant application process, eligibility, or grant writing assistance, contact the SEMAC office at 2778 D Commerce Dr. NW, Rochester, Minn. 55901 or call (507) 281-4848. Information may also be found on our Web site at www.semac.org.
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% is required in this category.
The Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund will support arts focused activities in three key areas: 1) Arts and Arts Access, 2) Arts Education, and 3) Arts and Cultural Heritage. 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. First-time applicants must contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure that the proposed project qualifies in this category.
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 arts organizations directly involved in the creation, performance, publication, and exhibition of art. The two distinct subcategories within Production Assistance grants are: 1) Arts Production Projects, and 2) 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.
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 or assistance in administrative, operating, or capital expenditures. Applicants may include arts organizations, government entities and public or non-religious private schools, either individually or in cooperation. These grants are not for individual artists and cannot be used to fund school residencies.