Arts Opportunities

It’s best to contact St. Olaf staff in the Office of Government, Foundation, and Corporate Relations before contacting funders.

Name of FunderAmountDue DateDescription
SEMAC: Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund$3,000 - $10,000October and AprilThe 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.

• Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants are for a minimum of $3,000
and a maximum of $10,000.
• Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants require a 20% match.
• Recipients are eligible to apply twice in a given fiscal year
(July 1 to June 30) up to the $10,000 maximum.
• Two deadlines per fiscal year –
'October 1 deadline for projects beginning December 1 or later April 1 deadline for projects beginning June 1 or later
SMEAC: Presenter/Production Assistance Grants$300 - $3,000October and AprilPresenter/Production Assistance 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.

Presenter/Production Assistance grants of no less than $300 and no more than $3,000 will be considered for funding.
• Presenter/Production Assistance grants require a 50% match.
• Recipients of Presenter/Production Assistance grants are eligible to reapply annually.
• Two deadlines per fiscal year –
'October 1 deadline for projects beginning December 1 or later
April 1 deadline for projects beginning June 1 or later
SEMAC: Small Towns/Rural Areas Grants$300 - $3,000October and AprilOctober 1 deadline for projects beginning December 1 or later
April 1 deadline for projects beginning June 1 or later
SEMAC: General Operating Support Grants$300 - $4,000Feburary and JulyProposals for organizational development will be accepted from eligible arts organizations that have been programming for a minimum of three years. The purpose of these grants is to strengthen and stabilize arts organizations. (Colleges and universities are ineligible.)

• General Operating Support applications of no less than $300
and no more than $4,000 will be considered for funding.
• Eligible non-profit arts organizations with operating expenses
of less than $160,000 in the previous year are invited to apply.
• Matching funds are not required.
• Two deadlines per fiscal year –
'February 1 deadline for projects beginning April 1 or later
July 1 deadline for projects beginning September 1 or later
SEMAC: Individual Artist Grants $300 - $5,000Feburary and JulySEMAC will provide Individual Artist Grants to encourage the development of entirely original work by both Emerging Artists and Established Artists from the region. Such works could include original literary or dramatic scripts, musical compositions, choreographies, visual arts creations, and interdisciplinary works.
The original work must be earmarked for a public showcasing, via publication, performance, or exhibition, in conjunction with a non-profit arts organization.

Individual Artist Grants of no less than $300 and no more than $2,500 will be considered for funding in the Emerging Artist category, and no more than $5,000 in the Established Artist category.

• No matching funds are required for Individual Artist Grants.
• Recipients of Individual Artist Grants are not eligible to apply
for funds over the next two consecutive deadlines, i.e.,
application may only be made as often as every three years.
• Two deadlines per fiscal year –
'February 1 deadline for projects beginning April 1 or later
July 1 deadline for projects beginning September 1 or later
SEMAC: Arts Management Training Grants $30030 days prior to training projectSEMAC 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.

• Arts Management Training Grants are for a maximum of $300 per event, per person, and for a fiscal year maximum of $600 per organization.
• Funds for Arts Management Training are not always available; check with SEMAC.
• No match is required for Arts Management Training.
• The deadline for receipt of applications is thirty days prior to the training start date.
SEMAC: Opportunity Grants$30015-30 days before project beginsOpportunity grants provide assistance to artists, non-profit organizations, and schools or educational institutions for “sudden” projects. These grants are intended to enable artists, organizations, and schools to take advantage of opportunities that arise with little advance notice.

• Opportunity Grants of up to $300 will be considered for funding.
• Opportunity Grants do not require matching funds.
• Recipients of Opportunity Grants are eligible to apply twice in a given fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) if funds are available.
• The deadline for receipt of Opportunity Grants applications is fifteen days prior to the intended start date.
Presenter/Production Assistance
Minnesota State Arts BoardvariesvariesThe Minnesota State Arts Board provides financial support to artists and organizations throughout the state to ensure that all Minnesotans have the opportunity to participate in the arts.

Funding Arts Board programs is provided by the Minnesota State Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, and private donors.
LOFT Emerging Writers GrantsvariesvariesThe Loft offers a broad range of award opportunities for writers at various stages of their artistic development. Grants and awards allow participants to focus on their craft over the course of a year; to hone their skills working with nationally acclaimed authors; and to embark on projects of their own design to further their artistic careers.
McKnight Foundation$25,000 variesSupport for individual artists has been a cornerstone of The McKnight Foundation's Arts program since it began in 1981. We believe that the arts cannot flourish or enhance community life without the ideas, energy, and drive of individual artists, and that artists cannot make these contributions without unfettered creative time. A fellowship can help an artist set aside periods of time for study, reflection, experimentation, and exploration; take advantage of an opportunity; or work on a new project.
Jerome Foundation: MN/NYC Film, Video, and Digital Production GrantvariesSeptemberThese programs serve artists who work in the genres of experimental, narrative, animation, and documentary production. It does not support installation, new media, or interactive work, which are subsidized in other Foundation programs. It also does not support commercial, industrial, informational, or educational work. If requesting an entire budget from Jerome that is more then $30,000, then you mustsubmit a fundrasing plan.
Jerome Foundation: Travel and Study GrantvariesFebruaryThe Travel and Study Grant Program awards grants to emerging artists who create new work, rotating the eligible disciplines in alternating years. Funds support periods of travel for the purpose of study, exploration, and growth.

The eligible disciplines for 2016 are dance; film, video, and digital production; and literature—including choreographers, film and video directors, and writers of poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, and spoken word.
Jerome Foundation: Composer/ Sound Artist Fellowship$20,000 FebruaryFellowship funds may be used at the artist's discretion to make it possible to eplore and create. This fellowship is intended to support composers and sound artists who are creators of new music in any genre or style, including composers working outside traditional musical boundaries and conventions. This program is open to composers formally or informally trained and composers who use improvisation. Performing musicians who do not compose, singer-songwriters, and lyricists are ineligible to apply.
Howard Foundation$33,000 NovemberThe Howard Foundation awards a limited number of fellowships each year for independent projects in selected fields, targeting its support specifically to early mid-career individuals, those who have achieved recognition for at least one major project. Approximately ten fellowships of $33,000 will be awarded each year. The upcoming field rotation is as follows:
2017-2018 Photography, Sculpture, Anthropology, Archaeology
2018-2019 Painting, Sculpture, History of Art and Architecture
2019-2020 Music, Playwriting, History, Musicology, Theatre Studies
2020-2021: Creative Writing: Fiction and Poetry, Philosophy
(estimated) 2021-2022: Creative Non-Fiction, Literary Translation into English, Film Studies, Literary Studies

Note that successful candidates are given the option of postponing receipt of their fellowship, so as to make the Howard competition accessible to those whose personal plans do not line up exactly with the year in which awards are offered in their fields
National Endowment for the Arts—NEA variesvariesEstablished by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America.
Creative Capital$35,000 variesCreative Capital provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in all disciplines. 
WomenArts Funding ResourcesvariesvariesWomenArts has a collection of many resources about potential funders and career-building tips.
A Room of Her Own FoundationvariesvariesAROHO offers numerous awards and award processes designed to support women writers in a variety of genres and stages of professional and creative development. The $50,000 Gift of Freedom is for an imagined yet unrealized poetry, fiction, or nonfiction project; Shakespeare's Sister's Fellowship, offers a $10,000 prize, unique experiences with the three partnering organizations, and is the trifecta of playwriting opportunities for female playwrights. There are also various $1,000 prizes available for poems, short stories, and other works.