Organizations may apply for grant funds if they are:
An organization may apply for two grants per fiscal year: one Operating or Project Grant and one Minigrant.
Through four programs – Arts-Based Community Development, Arts in Education, Arts Industry, and the Folk and Traditional Arts program – MAC offers the following grant programs for Mississippi organizations:
MAC also provides grants through special initiatives such as the Link Up program. Direct services are provided through the following programs:
Please note: If an organization receive funds for a specific project through another line item in the state’s budget, they may not apply to MAC for grant funds to support the same project.
Individual artists may apply for a grant or program if they are:
Special requirements beyond these may be required for specific programs.
The following programs are available for individual artists:
MAC funds activities that promote public understanding and support of the arts and artistic excellence, including
Grant funds to organizations may not be used for the following expenditures:
If grant funds are limited in any fiscal year, priority will be given to new and underserved applicants and in support of accessible programming.
Applications from colleges, universities and other state-level schools are only eligible if they include and benefit the general public. College and university events that are considered a part of regular or extracurricular programs, or whose primary purpose is to offer academic credit, are not eligible for grants. Grants to these types of entities are not a top priority of MAC.
March 1 is the application postmark deadline for most of MAC's grants, meaning all applications and their attachments must be in the mail no later than March 1. On years when March 1st falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the application deadline is the first business day of the month. Minigrant deadlines are June 1st and November 1st each year. The same rule applies if either of these dates fall on a weekend. Hand-delivered applications must arrive at MAC's office by 5:00 p.m. on the deadline date.
MAC grant-funded activities must take place within the fiscal year in which the grantee has received funding. MAC operates on the state of Mississippi's fiscal calendar, which begins July 1 and ends June 30th of the following year.
Applications must be complete and all attachments included by the deadline date. Applications received by the postmark deadline that are incomplete will not be considered and, therefore, will not proceed to the panel review. An incomplete application is one that is missing at least one of the items listed in the "How to Apply" section of the grant program guidelines. It is the responsibility of each applicant, and not MAC staff, to assure that all materials have been properly submitted.
MAC does not accept applications sent by fax or email. Applicants should request a legibly dated United States Postal Service postmark or receipt from a commercial carrier. Privately metered postmarks cannot be accepted as proof of timely mailing.
Organizations or individuals who are applying to MAC for the first time are encouraged to submit a draft version of their application to be reviewed by a MAC staff member. The deadline for draft applications (by mail, fax or email) is January 15 (or, in the case of Minigrants, one month prior to the application deadline). If the draft is received by January 15, MAC staff will review it and provide feedback to the applicant. The staff will contact the applicant with feedback no later than 10 days prior to the deadline. Applicants must request a review by contracting MAC staff in advance.
Grant applications received by MAC on the March 1 deadline are reviewed by a panel of Mississippi residents and out-of-state experts. Artists, arts administrators, arts educators, arts volunteers, and community representatives make up the panels that evaluate applications based on the review criteria. Previous years’ grant files may be made available to panelists upon request. Panelists do not make actual funding decisions. They provide recommendations and feedback to MAC's board on the quality of each application.
MAC's review panels are open to the public and applicants are encouraged to attend in order to observe the review of their application and others within the same category. Applicants are also encouraged to utilize the reviewer's comments as a management tool. MAC notifies all qualified applicants of the panel review dates and times.
Anyone can recommend a potential panelist; MAC's Commissioners approve these nominations. Panelists may serve for no more than three consecutive years. Each panel has representatives from across Mississippi and in some cases an out-of-state panelist. A list of last year’s panelists is available by calling MAC's office. Please help by nominating potential panel ists. (panelist nomination form)
After reviewing the grant applications, panelist recommendations and (if necessary) the applicant’s final reports from previous years, MAC's Board of Commissioners determine the final grant awards. The Commissioners also consider
Depending on the availability of grant funds and the number of requests, the Commissioners may fund only a portion of the amount requested. The Commission is not obligated to fund any application.
All grants are reviewed by panel process with the exception of Minigrants, which are reviewed by the program staff and the Commission's Minigrant Committee. The final review and funding decisions for Minigrants are made by the full Board of Commissioners.
List of grants awarded by MAC for the most recent fiscal year
MAC notifies grant applicants who applied on the March deadline of its funding decisions by e-mail no later than the first week of July. After receiving notification, an applicant may request a copy of their panel comments or discuss the decision with the program staff.
Minigrants are awarded twice per year. Applicants will be notified no later than the first week of the month following the deadline when they submitted their application.
All awards are contingent upon the availability of state and federal funds.
The appeals process provides for a review of the method and fairness of the Commission’s decision concerning a grant application. Dissatisfaction with the denial or amount of an award is not sufficient reason for an appeal. For an appeal to be considered, you must show evidence that the panelists and Commissioners
If appealing a funding decision, the applicant should first call the appropriate program director to review the considerations affecting the Commission’s decision. If you wish to pursue an appeal, you must send a written request to MAC's Executive Director within ten days of the date of notification of the Commission’s decision. The letter should be sent certified mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid. It should contain evidence to support one of the grounds for appeal as listed above.
The Commissioners will review the appeal at their next scheduled meeting following receipt of the written appeal. The applicant may appear in person before the Commissioners at this meeting.
Incomplete applications are not eligible for the appeals process.
Applicants who are awarded a grant will receive an award letter, two copies of a grant contract and additional information. The contract will specify the grant amount being awarded and special stipulations and reporting requirements. The grantee's authorizing official must sign the contracts, retaining one copy for the organization’s files and returning one copy to MAC within 30 days of the contract date. Failure to sign and return the contract within 60 days of receipt may result in cancellation of the grant. The signed contract should be on file before the beginning date of the project. Grant funds will not be disbursed until the contract is returned to and approved by MAC.
Funds must be spent only on the activities listed in the grant application. Organizations must request approval in writing on a MAC's Grant Change Form before making changes in the project’s personnel, activities or budget. Project personnel include the project director or authorizing official who signed the application and contract, or any other personnel identified in the application including teachers and artists. Major changes may require reconsideration of funding by MAC.
If major changes are not reported before the final report is submitted, the grantee may be asked to refund the grant’s initial payment and to forfeit the final payment. Further, if such changes warrant the cancellation of a grant, MAC may withhold future grants from that organization.
Grantees must submit a final evaluation and financial report, which includes a final narrative, statistical and financial information and support documentation, postmarked no later than 30 days after the completion of the project OR by May 15 , whichever comes first.
Failure to submit final reports by the deadline jeopardizes final grant payments and future funding. Final reports more than 45 days late will result in the forfeiture of the grantee’s final payment. Only extreme and unforeseeable reasons explained in writing within the 45 days will be considered for exception. New grants will not be made to an organization that has not submitted final reports.
The grant recipient should keep accurate records of the project and all income and expenditures relating to the grant for three years. Financial records must be kept according to generally accepted accounting principles and be made available upon request by MAC or the National Endowment for the Arts.
The amounts below are the standard grant amounts. Actual grant awards can fluctuate depending upon available funding
Grant awards to organizations, unless otherwise specified in the program guidelines, must be matched dollar-for-dollar. For example, if an organization requests $1,000 from MAC, they must have at least $1,000 in cash income from another source (other than state funds) towards the expenses of that same project. Sources of matching funds may include revenue from the project activities, contributions from foundations or corporations, government support from federal or local sources, or cash from the organization’s own accounts.
Grantees cannot match MAC funding with other state funds.
In-kind contributions cannot be counted as part of a cash match. In-kind contributions are the dollar value of materials and services that are provided to a project at no cash cost from sources other than the applicant, i.e., volunteer hours or donated space. However, it is important to document and include information on in-kind contributions as part of the application budget. In-kind donations help to demonstrate a community's support of a project.
Folk Art Apprenticeships, Organizational Minigrants, Operating Grants and Two-Year Operating Grants are paid in two equal installments:
*Please note that Minigrants of $250 or less are paid in one installment following completion of the project and the receipt and approval of the final report.
Project Grants are paid in two installments:
Artist Fellowships are paid in one installment upon return of the signed grant contract.
Artist Minigrants are paid upon submission of the final report, along with proof of the expenses made on the project (receipts).
For the grant payment schedules for special initiatives not listed here, see the program's guidelines.
MAC has the right to withhold or cancel grants for any of the following reasons:
If MAC cancels a grant, it may withhold future grants from that organization.
MAC and its grant recipients are contractually committed to abide by state and federal regulations that bar discrimination based on race, color, national origin, disability, age, or sex and require accessibility for persons with disabilities.
All grant recipients must assure compliance as required by these federal acts:
Making the arts accessible to all people is a major priority of MAC. One of the conditions grantees accept is that their programs are accessible to people with disabilities. Every organization receiving funding must provide reasonable accommodations when people with disabilities request services. Accessibility involves both the facility and the activity or product of the program. Non-capital expenses to serve people with disabilities may be included in MAC grant requests.
Addressing accessibility as early as possible ensures that people with disabilities will be able to participate in programs. Organizations should conduct an evaluation of all policies, practices and programs to ensure equal access. People with disabilities and organizations representing them should participate in this evaluation process as advisors. The National Endowment for the Arts' Office for Accessibility provides information about accessibility as it relates to the arts.
For more information on how to improve your organization's accessibility, visit MAC's ADA Checklist online or contact MAC's Accessibility Coordinator at 601-359-6030.
All work samples and supplementary materials submitted with grant applications are discarded by July 31st if no instructions are given for their return.
To have support materials returned through the mail, you must provide a self-addressed mailer or box with sufficient postage.
To pick up support material in person, applicants should visit MAC's office between July 1 and 31st during normal operating hours (8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday). Please call us at 601-359-6030 to let the program director for your grant know when you would like to pick up your materials so we can pull them and have them ready for you when you arrive.
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