United States: Individual Artist Mini-Grant Program
The Mississippi Arts Commission is seeking proposals for Individual Artist Mini-grant program to support established and emerging professional artists based in Mississippi by providing funds to assist them with professional training, promotional efforts, purchase of expendable supplies and, in light of COVID-19, to adapt their artistic work in an online setting.
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.
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Applicants may apply for up to $500.
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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 (See below for ineligible uses of funds)
To hire a coach, consultant or other professional to pursue artistic professional development to create new adaptive work plan in light of COVID-19 changes (to mitigate the change from in person events to online related to social distancing, CDC guidelines, etc.; quote from professional must be obtained)
Adapting their artistic work to online / distance / virtual
To increase online presence / marketing your artistic pursuit online
To develop an online or virtual gallery / studio tour
To develop an digital arts portfolio or online store to sell art
To create or update a website (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).
To host a virtual concert, demonstration or arts related event
Please note: A professional quote for the above proposed work is required
Marketing and Promotional Materials – Examples of eligible Mini-grant uses include:
Commissioning professional photographs
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.
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:
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 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).
For more information, visit https://arts.ms.gov/grants/grants-for-individuals/minigrants-for-individuals/