The FY22 Grants Cycle is now OPEN!

Apply today at by the deadline on March 8, 2021

Have questions? Join us for MAC’s “Virtual Office Hours” on Zoom to receive assistance with your applications every Monday – Friday from Feb 8 – March 5!

Every weekday during the application cycle for FY22 MAC grants, the Program Staff at MAC (our grant specialists) will hold virtual office hours from 11am – noon. This is a time for you to ask questions about your application, best practices for presenting information and receive technical assistance. *In some cases, you may need to schedule additional time with the staff to review specific issues but these sessions can help point you to the right person! While each Program Director will be able to point you our specialist for your area, if you’d like to plan to attend on a day tailored to your needs, here is the weekly schedule for each day.

Virtual Office Hours will be live from 11am – noon on Zoom from February 8 – March 5, 2021.


  • Mondays: (2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1) Arts Industry Organizations; Literary Artists (Kristen Brandt)
  • Tuesdays: (2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2) Visual Artists (Victoria Meek)
  • Wednesdays: (2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3) Folk & Traditional (Organizations and Artists); Media/Film Artists (Maria Zeringue)
  • Thursdays: (2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4) Theatres, Arts-based Community Development Organizations; Performing Artists (Leslie Barker)
  • Fridays: (2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5) Arts Education Organizations and Teaching Artist Roster (Charlotte Smelser)

**FY22 Annual Grants include: The Mississippi Artist and Teacher Roster Programs, Artist Fellowships, Folk & Traditional Apprenticeships, Individual Project Grants, Operating Grants and Organizational Project Grants. See below for details on each grant.

All annual grants are due on March 8, 2021. Apply at

COVID-19 Related MAC Grants

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

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 is now accepting letters of interest for its new Community Response Grant. This grant opportunity will provide 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.

Eligible organizations include: Mississippi based 501c3 nonprofit organizations, municipalities, schools, libraries and other units of local government. Interested eligible organizations should submit a letter of interest via the form linked below by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9, 2021.

Please note: Community Response Grants are intended for high-impact public art programming that is outside the scope of a typical MAC project grant. If your organization’s idea fits within the guidelines of a MAC project grant, please instead submit a project grant application at by March 8, 2021

Learn more and apply for the Community Response Grant

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). Apply here by March 8, 2021.

Individual Project Grants: Grants of $2,000 provide funding to support ideas and projects organized by or for individual artists in Mississippi. Apply here by March 8, 2021.

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. Apply here by March 8, 2021.

Rapid Response Mini Grants: Grants up to $500 are available to individual artists. Eligible uses for Rapid Response Minigrants for Individuals include: travel and registration for workshops or conferences, promotional materials, artistic supplies or to assist in adapting an individual artist’s work in a virtual setting. (Not currently accepting applications)


Other Supporting Programs for Individual Artists:

The Artist Roster is a listing of artists who are available for performances, workshops and other programs in communities. Apply here by March 8, 2021.

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. Apply here by March 8, 2021

While the Roster programs are not connected to a financial award, Organizations are encouraged to apply for Minigrants 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. Apply here by March 8, 2021.

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. Apply here by March 8, 2021

Rapid Response Minigrants up to $1,000 are available to organizations. Eligible uses for the Minigrants for Organizations include: professional development for staff (attending a workshop/conference or hiring a consultant), hiring a MAC Roster Artist as a part of an organization project or initiative or to assist in adapting an organization’s work in a virtual setting. (Not currently accepting applications)


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