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Rapid Response Minigrants for Organizations

Grants to Mississippi Nonprofits and Agencies
for Arts Programming in the Age of COVID-19

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Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC)

Deadline Date:

07/17/20 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $1,000 to Mississippi nonprofit organizations and agencies for arts programming in the age of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. First-time applicants must contact the funding source prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended to address the needs of arts connected organizations.

In order to respond properly to the great need of artists and arts connected organizations in the age of COVID-19, MAC is releasing an expanded version of the current Minigrant program to “rapidly respond” to the needs of the arts field in Mississippi. Rapid Response Minigrants 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.

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

  • Presenting/Hiring Roster Artists
  • Adapting their artistic work to online/distance/virtual
  • Organizational or Curriculum Development

For more information on eligible activities, see the URL for Full Text, below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181375

Estimated Size of Grant:

Rapid Response Minigrants range from $200 to $1,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

Priority funding will be given to those individuals who had to cancel or return their FY20 MAC grants as well as to organizations residing in MAC’s identified underserved counties, those in high-poverty counties and extremely rural areas; as well as organizations led by or serving people of color, individuals with disabilities, veterans and other typically underserved communities.

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Pre-Application Information:

Rapid Response Applications will be accepted beginning on July 6, 2020. Deadline for Submission is 11:59 p.m. on July 17th. Applicants will be notified by late August 2020.

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.

Applicants must have a Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS) number. To apply for a number or check to see if your organization has a number:

Rapid Response Minigrants require a dollar-for-dollar cash match.


Contact Information:

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 Minigrant 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, Leslie Barker,

Arts Education, Charlotte Smelser,

Arts Industry, Kristen Brandt,

Folk & Traditional Arts, Maria Zeringue,

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

Mississippi Arts Commission
501 North West Street
Suite 1101A, Woolfolk Building
Jackson, MS 39201

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