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 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.
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.
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.
In addition to MAC’s standard grants programs, the Whole Schools Initiative 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.