Grant Announcements

Upcoming Funding Opportunities:

  • May 1 – June 1: Mini-grants for individuals & organizations, Artist Roster
  • October 1 – November 1: Mini-grants for individuals & organizations, Artist Roster
  • February 1 – March 1: Annual Grants (Project grants for individual & organizations, Operating grants, Artist Fellowships, Teaching Artist Roster, Apprenticeship, Whole Schools)

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The Mississippi Arts Commission hosts a series of information sessions called “Meet the MAC” about grants available through MAC. Click the link below to view a list of dates and locations for the 2023-2024 Meet The MACs.

MAC offers the following Annual Grants due annually each March

To individual artists:

*The above list is due annually on March 1st.

To organizations: (501c3 nonprofits, schools, libraries or units of government)

*The above list is due annually on March 1st.

To schools:

Mini-Grants are due each summer and fall, these include:

If you’d like to see our most recent list of FY2023 Grantees you may find them here.

Grants for Individual Artists

Fellowship Grants: Grants of up to $5,000 are awarded to artists in Mississippi who are performing at a high standard of artistic merit.  (Fellowships are very competitive).

Individual Project Grants: Grants of $2,000 provide funding to support ideas and projects organized by or for individual artists in Mississippi.

Folk Arts Apprenticeship: Grants up to $2,000 to support both master artist and apprentice with the goal of  ensuring the survival of traditional art forms found throughout Mississippi.

Individual Mini-Grants: Reimbursed Grants up to $500 are available to individual artists. Eligible uses for Mini-grants for Individuals include: travel and registration for workshops or conferences, promotional materials or purchasing artistic supplies.


Roster Listings:

The Artist Roster is a listing of artists who are available for performances, workshops and other programs in communities.

The Teaching Artist Roster is a listing of professional artists, specialists and education professionals who are available to work with educators and administrators to develop strategies for using arts in K-12 classrooms.

While the Roster programs are not connected to a financial award, Organizations are encouraged to apply for Mini-grants to hire those listed on the Artist Roster and Teaching Artist Roster


Grants for Organizations

Project Grants of up to $5,000 help fund a broad range of arts projects and arts components of larger projects in Mississippi communities. Eligible organizations include: 501(c)3 nonprofits, municipalities or other units of government such as schools and libraries.

Operating Grants are specifically available for arts focused institutions as operating support to assist these core organizations maintain their financial stability, build their organizational capacity, improve their artist programs, and broaden their programs throughout the community. Eligible organizations should have the arts as the primary focus and mission.

Organization Mini-Grants matching grants up to $1,000 are available to organizations. Eligible uses for the Mini-Grants for Organizations include: professional development for staff (attending a workshop/conference or hiring a consultant), hiring a professional artist including those on MAC’s Artist Roster or Teaching Artist Roster.

Building Fund for the Arts (BFA) grants are focused on supporting the repair, renovation, or expansion of public facilities that are used for year-round arts programming. MAC is focused on maximizing the impact of existing facilities through repair and expansion projects as well as increasing number of facilities that can serve as points of public access to the arts for Mississippi residents.


COVID-19 / Emergency Relief Grants

APR COVID Relief and RESCUE Grants

The ARP COVID Relief grant program is a special funding opportunity from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) made possible from a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts through the Federal American Rescue Plan. ARP funds distributed through MAC will provide one-time grants to eligible non-profit arts organizations in Mississippi to provide organizational support due to the financial impact created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

To provide economic relief as quickly as possible, MAC will distribute two rounds of ARP grants. MAC’s first round will award COVID Relief Grant to its current Operating Grantees. RESCUE Grant funding will be open for eligible arts-focused 501c3 organizations with eligible expenses, such as salaries, rent and utilities. Eligible arts organizations may apply for up to $4,000 in RESCUE Grants beginning Oct. 18 with a deadline of Nov. 7.

The MAC CARES Emergency Grants program was established by the Mississippi Arts Commission in April 2020 as a response to the economic devastation of COVID-19 on the arts sector. Using federal CARES Act funding, the program provided one-time grants to non-profit arts organizations in Mississippi. Other COVID-19 related grant opportunities include the Rapid Response Minigrants for organizations and individuals as well as the Community Response Grants for organizations, both of which are described below

Community Response Grants

Community Response Grants are now closed.

In an effort to help organizations create large-scale, arts-focused work that adapts to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mississippi Arts Commission established the Community Response Grant. This grant opportunity provided up to $10,000 for the creation of arts-focused, socially distanced events such as public art, art exhibits or performances, significant arts-related virtual programming and arts-focused community visioning.

Still not sure which MAC grant is the best fit for you? Watch the video below or use our Grant Decision Tree to help you find the right source of funding for your needs.