MAC’s Artist Minigrant program supports established and emerging professional artists based in Mississippi by providing funds to assist with professional training, promotional efforts, or purchase of supplies.

Applicants may apply for up to $500. Artist Minigrants are reimbursement grants, meaning grantees with approved applications must then complete their project and submit a final report and required documentation to MAC (such as receipts or paid invoices) before the payment are sent. The program does not require a cash match from the artist.

Artists may receive only one Minigrant per fiscal year (July 1 – June 30). Individuals who have been awarded an Artist Fellowship are not eligible to receive an Artist Minigrant in the same fiscal year. If grant funds are limited, MAC gives priority to eligible applicants who have not previously received a Minigrant.

Artists who are applying for the first time are strongly encouraged to consult the resources available on this website such as the Frequently Asked Questions page and to contact a MAC program director to discuss whether or not their project would be eligible for funding before submitting an application.

Please note: With the implementation of our new eGRANT system, MAC will no longer accept paper applications. Instructions on how to register with the eGRANT system are available here. Applications for the fall grant cycle will be accepted beginning on October 1. To be considered for funding, applications must be submitted and authorized by 5:00 p.m. on November 1. For the spring grant cycle, applications will be accepted beginning on May 1 and must be submitted and authorized by 5:00 p.m. on June 1.

Applicants will be notified 30 days after each Minigrant deadline.

Before submitting an application, MAC recommends you thoroughly read the Frequently Asked Questions.

Eligible Projects

Artist Minigrants can support:

  • Professional Development
    • Expenses incurred for a professional conference or workshop where the applicant will received training in their artistic discipline such as…
      • Registration
      • Airfare & airport parking
      • Lodging
      • Transportation
  • Marketing
    • Website design
    • Commission professional photographs
    • Create a promotional video
    • Print promotional materials
      • Business cards
      • Brochure
      • Poster
      • Postcards & bookmarks
      • Gallery card
      • Personalized tablecloths for fairs/booths
    • Duplication*
      • CD/DVD duplication
      • Review copies of books
  • Supplies
    • Any expendable item used by the artist to create new work such as (but not limited to)…
      • Paints (pigment sticks, watercolor, oils, etc.)
      • Pencils (charcoals, watercolor pencils, etc.)
      • Prinkmaking ink
      • Clay
      • Glaze
      • Wood
      • Linoleum
      • Fabric
      • Adhesives

MAC cannot fund:

  • Expenses incurred before a grant is awarded**
  • Purchase of permanent equipment such as…
    • musical instruments
    • computers
    • non-expendable items (postage, paper, computer software)
  • A presentation by an applicant at a conference or workshop
  • Booth fees at fairs or festivals
  • Academic research
  • Publication
  • Contest Entry Fees
  • Study towards an academic or professional degree

* Applicants requesting funds for artistic duplication projects must explain how the duplicated materials will be used in their promotional plan and how they will be distinct from the applicant’s commercial (“for sale”) merchandise. MAC expects grantees to produce professional quality CDs or DVDs when utilizing Minigrant funding.

** All expenses must take place within the grant period (no earlier than 30 days after the application deadline date) in order to be eligible for reimbursement.

If a project changes, the applicant must submit a Grant Change Form to reassess eligibility before requesting reimbursement for a new activity. Artists who receive a Minigrant are obligated to spend the grant funds on the project described in their application unless a Grant Change Form is approved by their program director. We recommend that the grantee call and speak with a MAC program director prior to submitting the Grant Change Form to ensure that the change will be eligible.

 

Who May Apply

You may apply for an Artist Minigrant if you are:

• A professional artist producing work of high artistic quality. Individuals are considered to be professional artists if they:

◦ earn at least part of their annual income in their artistic work,
◦ consider their artistic endeavors as a career,
◦ maintain a high level of artistic quality, and
◦ make a significant time investment in their artistic disciplines through practice, performance or production

• More than 18 years of age
• Not a full-time student; and
• A permanent, legal resident of Mississippi at the time of application and throughout the grant period. Applicants may be required to show proof of residence (such as driver’s license, proof of domicile, homestead, utility bills).

Review Criteria

Artist Minigrant applications are adjudicated based on the artistic excellence of the applicant’s work and the degree to which the proposed project will help the applicant to create work of higher quality. MAC considers the following three components in determining artistic excellence:

• The originality and vision of the work
• The artist’s technical mastery of their discipline
• The technique or process used to create the work

How To Apply

How to Apply

Please note: Apply online using MAC’s eGRANT system. Faxed, mailed, or emailed applications are not accepted. If you are new to eGRANT, please refer to MAC’s video guides on how to create an account or how to apply for an Individual Minigrant. Please review the guides and video tutorials available on MAC’s Frequently Asked Questions page, then contact MAC staff if you have any questions.

Please be prepared to submit the following information through the eGRANT system:

  • Narrative in which you describe:
    • Your development as an artist
    • The details of your proposed activities, including
      • A description of the activities
      • Your timeframe for completing the work
      • If others are involved in the activities (for example, a website designer or other professional doing work for you), please provide details on who they are and what they will be doing.
    • How the activity will help you to expand your work as a professional artist
  • Your current artistic resumé. This document should detail your work as a professional artist only. Please include information on any college-level study or other advanced training in the arts that you have completed. Do not include information about your non-arts work.
  • Documentation that supports your funding request. For example, a copy of a conference brochure (with registration price listed), an estimate on airfare or other travel expenses, an estimate from a designer or printer, or the catalog page featuring the supplies you wish to purchase.
  • Work samples that have been created within the last three years (see the “Sample Formats” section below for details).
  • A list that describes the submitted work samples. The list should include the titles and the completion dates of each sample. If appropriate for the samples, include the medium and dimensions.
  • A one-paragraph description of the process or techniques used to create the work samples (not required for literary artists).

Work Samples

Work Sample Formats

If you have trouble uploading the work sample files to eGRANT, please consult the tutorials available in MAC’s Frequently Asked Questions before contacting MAC staff.

Literary Artists: Applicants will be required to submit 10-15 pages of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, playwriting (original or adaptation), or a screenplay completed within the last three years. If your submitted work sample is an excerpt from a longer work, you may include a one-page synopsis of the work as a whole. Published work must be submitted in typed manuscript rather than published form. The sample must be formatted using a 12-point font size and one inch margins on all sides of the page.

Media Artists: Applicants will be required to submit 5-10 minutes of excerpts of your work completed within the last three years. You must also include a list of the work samples and it should include, for each excerpt, the title, length, date completed, technique, original format, genre (documentary, experimental, etc.) and the applicant’s role in creating the submitted work.

Performing Artists: Applicants will be required to submit 5-10 minutes of representative work that has been completed within the last three years. Musicians should include at least three songs in their sample. On the list of work samples indicate the title, names of the artist(s), date, and location of recording.

Visual Artists: Applicants will be required to submit six digital images that feature work completed within the last three years. The images should be saved in JPEG format at 72dpi, with no image wider than 1240 pixels. The work must have been completed within the last three years. Please submit the best quality images that you have available.

Work Sample File Types

Ineligible File Types: Items uploaded from the following file types will be disregarded in adjudicating applications and may result rejection of an application for incompletion:

  • Pages (.pages)
  • Numbers (.numbers)
  • Keynote (.key)

Video & Audio

  • If you share media from your website, link directly to the video/audio rather than the home page.
  • MAC recommends applicants upload using the following file types: MP3, MOV, MP4, WMV, WMA.
  • MAC recommends applicants upload links to video or audio files. Applicants can link to websites such as YouTubeVimeoSoundcloudBandcamp, etc.

Images & Documents

  • MAC recommends applicants upload using the following file types: Word (.doc or .dox), Excel (.xls, .xlr, or .xlsx), PDF (.pdf), or JPEG (.jpeg).
  • You may upload links contained in a Word Document or PDF.

Grant Payments

Artist Minigrants are paid upon submission of the final report, along with proof of the expenses made on the project (receipts).

For questions about the Minigrant program, or to determine if your project is eligible to receive funding, contact one of the following MAC Program Staff members, based on your artistic discipline:

Performing Arts, Sondra Lee-Bell, 601.359.6075, slee-bell@arts.ms.gov

Visual Arts and Crafts, Melody Moody Thortis, 601.359.6035, mthortis@arts.ms.gov

Literary Arts, Kristen Brandt, 601.359.6030, kbrandt@arts.ms.gov

Folk and Traditional & Media Arts, Maria Zeringue, 601.359.6034, mzeringue@arts.ms.gov