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Equipment & Facilities Improvement Grants Program (Minnesota)


Southwest Minnesota Arts Council is seeking applications for its Equipment & Facilities Improvement grant program to provide funding for organizations whose mission is focused primarily on the arts for the purchase of equipment items and facilities improvements that will strengthen the arts organization’s capacity to serve the arts need of the region.

Donor Name: Southwest Minnesota Arts Council

States: Minnesota

Counties: Big Stone County (MN), Chippewa County (MN), Cottonwood County (MN), Jackson County (MN), Kandiyohi County (MN), Lac qui Parle County (MN), Lincoln County (MN), Lyon County (MN), McLeod County (MN), Meeker County (MN), Murray County (MN), Nobles County (MN), Pipestone County (MN), Redwood County (MN), Renville County (MN), Rock County (MN), Swift County (MN), Yellow Medicine County (MN)

Type of Grant:

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 02/09/2022

Size of the Grant: $10,000


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

Grant Amounts

Equipment & Facilities Improvement grants are available for up to $10,000. In fiscal year 2022, no cash match is required.


Applicant organizations must be located within the eighteen counties of the SMAC service region (Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Swift, and Yellow Medicine counties) or on tribal lands within their service area. They acknowledge that this region occupies the traditional, ancestral, and contemporary lands of the Dakota people, who have stewarded these lands throughout the generations.

Fiscal Sponsors

The Equipment & Facilities Improvement grant program is open to nonprofit 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 official units of city, county, or state government of the State of Minnesota. Any formal organization not meeting this requirement may apply through a fiscal sponsor.
A fiscal sponsor is an organization meeting the requirements listed above. A signed agreement spelling out the relationship between the applicant and the fiscal sponsor must be submitted with the application. A fiscal sponsor, if used, must sign the application and, if funded, sign the Grant Contract. The fiscal sponsor is legally responsible for the completion of the project and for the proper management of grant funds.

Review Criteria

The grant review panel will score your application based on:

  • the impact of the project on the organization (53%)
  • the merit of the organization and the artistic quality of its programs (32%)
  • the feasibility of the project (15%)

Applicants will also be awarded one additional percentage point for each of the following criteria they meet:

  • First time SMAC applicant
  • Applicant organization led by or primarily serving BIPOC or LGBTQIA2+ communities or people with disabilities
  • Applicant from a county that has received three or fewer SMAC grants in the last fiscal year

For more information, visit Equipment & Facilities Improvement Grants.

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