In order to respond properly to the great need of artists and arts connected organizations in the age of COVID-19, MAC has created an expanded version of the current Mini-grant program to “rapidly respond” to the needs of the arts field in Mississippi.

Rapid Response Mini-grants for Organizations will function similarly to MAC’s Mini-grant program but will differ in their expansion of eligible uses. Rapid Response Mini-grants for Organizations are designed to support small-scale arts activities in Mississippi communities and, in light of COVID-19, to adapt their artistic focused work in an online setting.

Mississippi based non-profit organizations and government entities are eligible to receive Rapid Response Minigrants. LLC’s and other for-profit businesses are NOT eligible to apply for MAC grants.

Rapid Response priority funding will be given to organizations who had to cancel or return their FY20 or FY21 MAC grants and those who have not recently received MAC funding. Priority will also be given to organizations residing in MAC’s identified underserved counties, high-poverty counties or extremely rural areas, as well as organizations led by or serving BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color), individuals with disabilities, veterans and those serving other typically underserved groups.

Rapid Response Applications opened on November 16, 2020.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION is 11:59 p.m. on December 4, 2020.

Applicants for the Winter round will be notified of their award by early 2021. Please note: All applications will be received electronically through MAC’s eGRANT system, please contact MAC if you need additional ADA accomodations. 

Before submitting an application, we recommend you thoroughly read the Frequently Asked Questions. MAC is especially committed to assisting first-time applicants with the grants process. If your organization is applying for the first time, please contact one of the members of MAC’s Program Staff listed below to see if your project is eligible before submitting an application.

Award Amounts

Rapid Response Mini-grants range from $250 to $1,000 and require a dollar-for-dollar cash match (in-kind matches are not eligible).

For example,  an organization may apply for funding to pay half of a Roster Artist, consultant’s fee or other eligible expense, up to $1,000. For example, if you are presenting a Roster Artist and their total fee is $800, you may apply for $400. If you are hiring a consultant for board development and their total fee is $2,000, you may apply for $1,000.

Who May Apply

Organizations that can apply for a Minigrant must:

  • Be based in Mississippi
  • Be incorporated in Mississippi as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization OR
  • Be a unit of local government, such as a school, library, or another county or municipal agency. Units of local government may be required to provide documentation of their status as a governmental agency.

Review Process

Mini-grants are reviewed in-house by MAC staff and recommended for funding to the Grants Committee. The final funding decision is made by the MAC Board of Commissioners.

Eligible Activities

There are types of activities that may be supported through Rapid Response Minigrants:

-Presenting/Hiring Roster Artists:

Rapid Response Mini-grants can pay for up to half of the total fee of a member (or members) of MAC’s Artist Roster or another adjudicated roster program, such as the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi, the Poet Laureate of Mississippi, or a program managed by another state or regional arts agency.

  • Organizations may hire Roster artists or teaching artists to: 
      • Present a performance, workshop, or other presentation
      • Create public art on/in your building or for your organization
      • To create arts curriculum

Adapting their artistic work to online / distance / virtual: 

Rapid Response Mini-grants can support up to half of the total fee related to eligible work needed to adapt their artistic work online, such as:

  • To create digital programming, such as:
    • To host an online arts related workshop or class
    • To host a children’s arts activity or arts education workshop
    • To create a podcast, web series or stream a concert/performance*
    • To create a virtual museum/gallery/exhibit/community art tour
    • To interview and broadcast interviews of musicians and other artists

*Please note: A professional quote for the above proposed work is required for all hiring related applications. MAC does not fund equipment, food or permanent and on-going software purchases. 

-Organizational or Curriculum Development:

Rapid Response Mini-grants can support up to half of the total fee of a consultant providing assistance with organizational or curriculum development.

  • Organizations may hire professional consultants to provide a short-term consultancy that is focused on overall organizational development such as: 
    • Organizational long range Strategic Planning
    • Organizational Fundraising Planning
    • I.D.E.A. Audit (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access)
    • Diversity Training or other professional work to diversify and organzation’s Board of Directors
    • ADA Compliance and Accessibility Trainings
    • Board Member Training
    • Arts Related Emergency Preparation
    • Convening focus groups of different types of artists, stakeholders or members of the community touched by your organization
    • Curriculum development in a K-12 school

Please note: The applicant organization must demonstrate through the required attachments that the consultant is qualified to do the work.

  • Conference Support:

Rapid Response Mini-grants can support up to half of the total cost for an arts organization to send staff or board members to an in-person or online professional conference or workshop that directly relates to the organization’s work in and through the arts.

If you are a non-arts organization, please contact MAC staff to discuss eligibility.

Other eligible Rapid Response eligible uses include:

  • To convene/gather artists or stakeholders virtually to accomplish a shared goal
  • To seek training regarding online adaptation, distance learning or emergency preparation

*Grant funds may not be used to hire artists who are no longer on the MAC Artist Roster, Teaching Artist Roster, or another state’s adjudicated roster, or no longer a member of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi. Check the status of MAC Roster Artists here.

Cash Match Requirement

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.

How To Apply

Please note: Apply online using MAC’s eGRANT system.

Applications should be complete, including all required information and materials. Incomplete applications, defined as applications missing one or more of the following documents, will not be considered for funding. Please be prepared to submit the following information through the eGRANT system:

    • Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS) number. Go to Dun & Bradstreet to apply for a number or check to see if your organization has a number. Go here for more information on DUNS numbers
    • Budget itemization (if needed to show additional information on the project budget).
    • Biographies (no longer than one half page for each) of the key artistic and administrative personnel working on the project (paid and volunteer).
    • A list of your organization’s board of directors. Please indicate their racial/ethnic make-up and members with disabilities. Public schools should submit a list of the current members of their school board. Governmental entities should submit a list of their municipal or county level governing boards.
    • If your organization is applying to MAC for the first time: a copy of your official IRS 501(c)3 determination letter. You do not need to send a copy of the letter if your organization has applied for a grant from MAC in the past three years.Public schools, libraries and other agencies of local government are exempt from this requirement.
    • If your organization is:
      • Presenting an Artist: If the artist you are presenting is not on MAC’s Artist Roster, submit a copy of the cover page (or link to) the organization’s adjudicated roster of which the artist is a member, as well as the page that features the artist. No copies are needed if they are on the MAC Roster, but please note their status as a Roster Artist in your project description on the first page of the application (and check that they are a current member)
      • Conducting Organizational or Curriculum Development:
        • a) the consultant’s resumé and a list of their recent clients with contact information.
        • b) a one page narrative that includes:
          • a description of the organization’s specific needs that will be addressed through the consultation
          • details of the project activities and the rationale for working with the proposed consultant
          • the expected outcome(s) for the organization once the project is completed
      • Attending a Conference: A complete conference brochure and registration form that shows the registration and related fees for the event. If travel funds are also being requested, please also include estimates from a travel agent or airline.
      • For Presenting an Artist or Organizational Development applicants: A copy of the signed contract or letter of agreement between your organization and the artist or consultant. The agreement should include all pertinent details including date of performance, type of presentation or performance, fee, payment schedule, and other necessary information.

Application Calendar

Applicants can expect to be notified in early 2021. 

Grant Payments

Successful applicants will receive payment in two installments. 50% of payment will be dispursed two weeks prior to the approved project start date and the remaining 50% upon completion of Final Report, receipts and other completed grant documents. All recipients are also responsible for turning in a completed contract, W9 and DUNS number.

For questions about the Mini-grant program or to determine if a project is eligible to receive funding, contact the MAC Program Director who oversees the area most closely tied to your organization’s main goals or the goals of your project:

Arts-Based Community Development and Theatres: Leslie Barker, lbarker@arts.ms.gov

Arts Education: Charlotte Smelser, csmelser@arts.ms.gov

Arts Industry: Kristen Brandt, kbrandt@arts.ms.gov

Folk & Traditional Arts: Maria Zeringue, mzeringue@arts.ms.gov 

Please note: Due to COVID-19, many of the MAC staff is working remotely. Please send an email inquiry to one of the addresses listed above for a more immediate response.