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Mini-Grant to Support Emerging Professional Artists based in Mississippi


The Individual Artist Mini-grant is a reimbursement grant that supports established and emerging professional artists based in Mississippi by providing funds to assist then with professional development such as attending a training, conference or workshop.

Donor Name: Mississippi Arts Commission

State: Mississippi

County: All Counties

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline: 06/01/2023

Size of the Grant: $500


Individual Mini-Grants can also be used for promotional efforts and marketing materials such as business cards or website design or can be used to purchase expendable art supplies.

Applicants may apply for up to $500. Individual Artist Mini-grants are reimbursement based, which means that each grantee must spend the funds first  and will be reimbursed upon receipt of their Final Report and all corresponding documentation.

Priority will be given to

Individuals who have not yet received funding through grants in recent grant rounds, individuals who identify as BIPOC, individuals with disabilities, veterans, those residing in MAC’s identified underserved counties, those living in extremely rural or high-poverty counties and those who may fit into other categories under the underserved umbrella.

Eligible Projects

Artist Mini-grants can support:

Professional Development 

Examples of eligible Individual Artist Mini-Grant uses include:

  • Expenses incurred for an in-person or online professional conference or workshop where the applicant will receive training in their artistic discipline. (Typical expenses include: Registration, airfare, lodging, transportation)
  • To support booth fees or other applicable fees related to showing or selling artwork

Marketing and Promotional Materials

Examples of eligible Mini-Grant uses include:

  • To create or update a website design (this can include a one time cost such as hiring someone to design a website or purchasing a website creation platform but cannot include on-going hosting or domain costs).
  • Promotional materials to increase your artistic presence online
  • Commissioning professional photographs or the development of an online gallery or portfolio
  • Print promotional materials, such as: business cards, brochures, postcards, bookmarks, etc.

Artistic Supplies

Examples of eligible Mini-grant uses include expendable items used by the artist to create new work such as:

  • Paints (pigment sticks, watercolor, oils, etc.), pencils (charcoals, watercolor pencils, etc.), printmaking ink, clay, glaze, wood, linoleum, fabric, adhesives, brushes.
  • MAC CANNOT fund equipment or non-expendable supplies such as cameras, easels or recording equipment.

Other things that MAC cannot fund:

  • Expenses incurred before a grant is awarded*
  • Purchase of ANY permanent equipment such as:
    • musical instruments
    • computers
    • non-expendable items (equipment, computer software)
  • A presentation by an applicant at a conference or workshop
  • On-going fees such a memberships or web hosting
  • Academic research
  • Publication
  • Contest entry fees
  • Study towards an academic or professional degree

Eligibility Criteria

You may apply for an Individual Artist Mini-grant if you are:

  • A professional artist producing work of high artistic quality. Individuals are considered to be professional artists if they:
    • earn at least part of their annual income in their artistic work,
    • consider their artistic endeavors as a career,
    • maintain a high level of artistic quality, and
    • make a significant time investment in their artistic disciplines through practice, performance or production
  • More than 18 years of age
  • Not a full-time or part-time student in a degree seeking program; and
  • A permanent, legal resident of Mississippi at the time of application and throughout the grant period. Applicants may be required to show proof of residence (such as driver’s license, proof of domicile, homestead, utility bills).

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