The Mississippi Arts Commission has prepared a new round of emergency funding for organizations and individuals called the Rapid Response grant. MAC is currently accepting applications for Rapid Response Grants; the deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. on July 17.
- Rapid Response Grant for Organizations
Eligible organizations may apply for up to $1,000 to adapt their arts-related work to online platforms such as online workshops, children’s art activities or virtual gatherings. Funds may also be used to hire MAC roster artists or to pursue organizational professional development such as hiring a consultant or attending training for emergency response and future preparedness, strategic planning or other adaptive organizational pursuits.
- Rapid Response Grant for Individuals
Eligible individual artists may apply for up to $500 to adapt their artistic work to online platforms such as digital portfolios, gallery tours or hosting virtual demonstrations or to purchase art supplies, create promotional materials or pursue professional development.
Priority will be given to individual artists and to those organizations who have not already received emergency relief from MAC or whose prior grants were cancelled due to COVID-19. The agency will also prioritize underserved individuals or groups, including those residing in high-poverty or rural areas, organizations led by or serving people of color, those with disabilities, veterans and other typically underserved communities. Qualified recipients of MAC’s Rapid Response grants will be paid 100 percent of the grant award upon returning a completed grant contract.