For Artists, Organizations and Schools

Strategic Investment Grants for the Arts

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The Montana Arts Council Strategic Investment Grants provide up to $1,000 in matching funds to professional artists, nonprofit 501(c)(3) arts organizations and Pre K12 teachers in Montana for:

Training and Network Development: Grants for professional development and networking opportunities that help build art skills, healthy arts careers and businesses.

Market Expansion: Grants to help increase exposure and improve marketing or promotion, opportunities for exhibition or performance and sales.

Public Outreach Arts Activities: Grants for ongoing and one-time arts activities by arts organizations and artists that help firmly anchor the arts in the greater community.

Challenges and Emergencies: Grants to provide assistance for artists or arts organizations experiencing catastrophic-level emergencies that threaten their ability to continue their work, and demand prompt and immediate attention.

Other Projects: Activities and ideas falling outside of these categories, yet worthy of state investment, might be eligible. You must first discuss your proposal with the MAC grants director to determine eligibility. Kristin Han Burgoyne ( or 406-444-6449)

Application Deadlines and Available Funds

  • Please call before applying to determine if funds are available. Kristin Han Burgoyne 406-444-6449
  • Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the fifteenth (15th) of the month. (Decisions are made the second Tuesday of the following month. Notifications are sent immediately after.)
  • Activity start date cannot begin until after the notifications are sent. Projects will not be funded retroactively.
  • Grants of up to $1,000 are available and must be matched 1:1 with other funds or support (cash and/or in-kind).
  • Grant monies will be distributed until the funding for the fiscal year is depleted.
  • Applicants may receive one Strategic Investment Grant in up to two different categories per fiscal year (July 1 June 30).
  • Applications are reviewed monthly by a panel of MAC council members from across Montana. The review panel meets by teleconference on the second Tuesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. These conferences are open to the public. You may listen in at the Montana Arts Council's office. Please call in advance to confirm your attendance.

Who is Eligible to Apply

Artists whose careers involve making any or all of their living from their art, and/or hold educational credentials in the arts, and/or are recognized as professional artists based on peer/public standards. They may be emerging, mid-career or established artists, working in traditional or contemporary arts.

Pre K 12 Teachers who want to develop their skills in an art form, or in teaching an art form.

Individual artists and teachers must be:

  • U.S. citizens with proof of residency within the state of Montana for at least one year.
  • One or more of the following:
    • pursuing a professional art career as an emerging, mid-career or established artist
    • a professional teaching artist who can show solid and extensive outreach to a larger community
    • a Pre K 12 teacher who wants to develop skills in an art form or in teaching an art form

Arts Organizations that are 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organizations incorporated in the state of Montana with a mission to produce and/or promote the arts.

Organization applicants must:

  • Be based in Montana and been operating for at least one year.
  • Show solid and extensive outreach to a larger community.
  • NOT be a recipient of Public Value Partnership funding of $2,000 or more in the same fiscal year.

Who is Not Eligible to Apply

  • History-based, civic or other non-arts organizations. (The artist or arts organization involved in partnering with these organizations may apply themselves provided the proposed activities have the arts as the sole or primary purpose. The artist or arts organization may not submit other applications in the same category on their own behalf if they have submitted an application on behalf of a partner.)
  • High school students, degree-seeking college students (graduate or undergraduate) and non-degree seeking students receiving college credit for the proposed activity
  • Student artists as performers
  • Higher education institutions
  • Current participants of the Montana Artrepreneur Program (MAP)
  • Arts organizations who DO receive Public Value Partnerships funding of $2,000 or more in the same fiscal year.

The Montana Arts Council (MAC) is an agency of state government that is funded by state and federal tax dollars. Strategic Investment Grants provide public dollars to support activities taking place within the state and the nation that benefit the citizens of the state of Montana.

Application Form

Click here for the online application

The following sample from the online application process for Strategic Investment Grants is provided for reference:

Final Report

Click here for the online report form

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