Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
The Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) is releasing an expanded version of the Minigrant program to “rapidly respond” to the needs of the arts field in Mississippi.
Rapid Response Minigrants for Organizations will function similarly to MAC’s Minigrant program but will differ in their expansion of eligible uses and the 100% payout available to successful organizations upon grant contract receipt.
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.
Rapid Response Minigrants range from $200 to $1,000 and require a dollar-for-dollar cash match. An organization may apply for funding to pay half of a Roster Artist, consultant’s fee or other eligible expense, up to $1,000. For example, if you are presenting a Roster Artist and their total fee is $800, you may apply for $400. If you are hiring a consultant for board development and their total fee is $2,000, you may apply for $1,000.
There are types of activities that may be supported through Rapid Response Minigrants:
Presenting/Hiring Roster Artists: Rapid Response Minigrants can pay for up to half of the total fee of a member (or members) of MAC’s Artist Roster or another adjudicated roster program, such as the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi, the Poet Laureate of Mississippi, or a program managed by another state or regional arts agency. Organizations may hire Roster artists or teaching artists to:
Adapting their artistic work to online / distance / virtual: Rapid Response Minigrants can support up to half of the total fee related to eligible work needed to adapt their artistic work online, to create digital programming, such as:
Organizational or Curriculum Development: Rapid Response Minigrants can support up to half of the total fee of a consultant providing assistance with organizational or curriculum development.
Board Member Training
Conference Support: Rapid Response Minigrants can support up to half of the total cost for an arts organization to send staff or board members to an in-person or online professional conference or workshop that directly relates to the organization’s work in and through the arts. If you are a non-arts organization, please contact MAC staff to discuss eligibility. Other eligible Rapid Response eligible uses include:
Organizations that can apply for a Minigrant must: