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The Mississippi Arts Commission serves as a catalyst for the arts in Mississippi. One way that the agency accomplishes this work is through grants to organizations. Following are the grant programs available to Mississippi-based nonprofits or units of government (organizations may apply to MAC for two grants per fiscal year: an Operating OR Project Grant and a Minigrant):

Minigrants

Minigrants are designed to meet a wide variety of needs in Mississippi communities. The program may be used to present an artist from MAC’s Artist Roster (or another adjudicated artist listing), support a consultancy with an arts organization, or assist with staff travel to an arts conference. Minigrant awards range from $200 to $1,000 and require a dollar-for-dollar cash match. Because these needs often arise at the last minute, there are two Minigrant application deadlines each year.

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Project Grants

Project Grants are utilized in funding a broad range of arts projects (and arts components of larger projects) in Mississippi communities. The awards range from $250 to $5,000 and require a dollar-for-dollar cash match.

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Operating Grants

Operating Grants aim to help nonprofit arts organizations maintain financial stability, build organizational capacity, improve artist programs, and distribute their programs throughout the community. Applicants must have the arts as a primary component of their organizational mission and have been operating as a 501(c)3 nonprofit for at least two years. Organizations may apply for a percentage of the actual cash revenue of their last year’s income. Applicants can request between $7,500 and $30,000.

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Special Initiatives

In addition to standard grants programs, the Dille Fund for Visual Art Acquisition, the Underserved Initiative, the Link Up Initiative and the Whole Schools Initiative are special initiatives of MAC.

Dille Fund for Visual Art Acquisition

The purpose of the Dille Fund is to enhance collections at Mississippi museums, arts organizations, and cultural institutions in the form of purchasing a visual art piece. This initiative supports the creation and collecting of the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with high quality art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through arts engagement.

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Underserved Initiative

To ensure more equitable access to the arts throughout the state, the Mississippi Arts Commission identifies counties that have not recently received grants or services from MAC and provides arts programming to locations in those counties at no cost. MAC considers these counties “underserved.” The purpose of this special initiative is to provide access to quality arts programming in all 82 Mississippi counties and encourage potential grantees in underserved counties to take advantage of opportunities offered through the agency.

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Whole Schools Initiative

Whole Schools is a program open to K-12 schools that uses the arts as a vehicle for promoting high-quality instruction and learning for students. Schools can apply for the program, which offers professional development for faculty and administrators, workshops, arts experiences and technical assistance.

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Link Up – Symphonic Music Education Initiative

Link Up, a Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute music education program, now in its ninth season, pairs orchestras with students in grades three through five to explore orchestral repertoire through a hands-on music curriculum. Students explore core musical concepts in specific symphonic works through listening, singing, playing the recorder, and composing. The year-long program culminates with an interactive orchestra concert in which student perform prepared vocal and instrumental repertoire selections and share some of their creative work.

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