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Grants to Mississippi Artists for Support
During the COVID-19 Crisis

Mini-Grants for Individuals

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Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC)

Deadline Date:

06/01/22 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $500 to Mississippi artists for support during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended to allow artists to adapt their work in response to the pandemic. Eligible expenses include supplies, professional development, and promotional and marketing materials. Priority will be given to individuals who have not yet received funding through grants in recent grant rounds, individuals who identify as BIPOC, individuals with disabilities, veterans, those residing in MAC’s identified underserved counties, those living in extremely rural or high-poverty counties and those who may fit into other categories under the underserved umbrella.

Artist Mini-grants can support:
  • Professional Development: Examples of eligible Individual Artist Mini-grant uses include:  
    • Expenses incurred for an in-person or online professional conference or workshop where the applicant will receive training in their artistic discipline. (Typical expenses include: Registration, airfare, lodging, transportation) 
    • To support booth fees or other applicable fees related to showing or selling artwork
  • Marketing and Promotional Materials: Examples of eligible Mini-grant uses include:   
    • To create or update a website design (this can include a one time cost such as hiring someone to design a website or purchasing a website creation platform but cannot include on-going hosting or domain costs).
    • Promotional materials to increase your artistic presence online
    • Commissioning professional photographs or the development of an online gallery or portfolio
    • Print promotional materials, such as: business cards, brochures, postcards, bookmarks, etc. 
  • Artistic Supplies: Examples of eligible Mini-grant uses include expendable items used by the artist to create new work such as: 
    • Paints (pigment sticks, watercolor, oils, etc.), pencils (charcoals, watercolor pencils, etc.), printmaking ink, clay, glaze, wood, linoleum, fabric, adhesives, brushes. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176273

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may apply for up to $500.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

You may apply for an Individual Artist Mini-grant if you are:
- A professional artist producing work of high artistic quality. Individuals are considered to be professional artists if they:
a. Earn at least part of their annual income in their artistic work,
b. Consider their artistic endeavors as a career,
c. Maintain a high level of artistic quality, and
d. Make a significant time investment in their artistic disciplines through practice, performance or production
- More than 18 years of age
- Not a full-time or part-time student in a degree seeking program; 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).

MAC cannot fund equipment or non-expendable supplies such as cameras, easels or recording equipment.

MAC cannot fund:
- Expenses incurred before a grant is awarded
- Purchase of ANY permanent equipment such as: musical instruments, computers, non-expendable items (equipment, computer software)
- A presentation by an applicant at a conference or workshop
- On-going fees such memberships or web hosting
- Academic research
- Publication
- Contest entry fees
- Study towards an academic or professional degree

Pre-Application Information:

Individual Mini-Grant Applications will open on May 1.
Deadline for grant submission is 11:59 p.m. on June 1

Individual Artist Mini-grants are reimbursement based, which means that each grantee must spend the funds first (after notification of grant award) and will be reimbursed upon receipt of their Final Report and all corresponding documentation.

For required work sample submissions, see URL for Full Text (RFP).



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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For questions about the Mini-grant 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:

Visual Arts, Victoria Meek, 601-359-6030,
Performing Arts, Leslie Barker, 601-359-6529,
Literary Arts, Kristen Brandt, 601-359-6075,
Folk and Traditional & Film/Media Arts, 601-359-6034, Maria Zeringue,

If you do not know where you fit, you may email

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USA: Mississippi

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