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ArtsKC Grants are investments in people, programs, and projects that make the arts more accessible, sustain a vibrant arts community, and recognize excellence, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the arts. Disciplines include visual, dance, music, theater, poetry, and interdisciplinary art.

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Grant decisions are made by a committee, composed of people of different cultures, race, sexual orientation, physical abilities and socioeconomic status. Committee members say the experience enriches their knowledge and inspires them to invest in the arts.

Mission grants

Photo: Kansas City Public Theatre, FY22 Mission Grant Recipient

Mission Support Grants support non-profit organizations with the arts as their primary purpose. Funding is unrestricted. In 2021-2022, we awarded 51 Mission Support Grants totaling $255,160. The average grant amount was $5,003.87. 87.93% of applicants in this category received a grant of any amount.

The Application period for Mission Grants has closed for fiscal year 22 (July 2021-June 2022).

Final Reports for fiscal year 22 recipients are due April 29, 2022  at 11:45 PM.

Please check back periodically for updates on the fiscal year 23 (July 2022-June 2023)  Mission Grant cycle. ArtsKC also announces grant application openings on social media.

To be eligible for funding in the Mission Support category, an organization must:

  • Be a registered not-for-profit arts organization
  • Be principally located in the five-county Kansas City metropolitan area (Clay, Jackson, Johnson, Platte, Wyandotte)
  • Have a governing body with bylaws
  • Be founded before 2019 (thus, have at least two years of financial records and established history of programming)

Project Grants

Project Support Grants are for non-profit organizations with arts projects, activities, or programs, especially if they are not year-round programs. ArtsKC funding is meant to support public-facing and publicly accessible programming. In 2020-2021, we awarded 16 Project Grants totaling $39,500. The average grant amount was $2,468.75. 51.61% of applicants in this category received a grant of any amount.

The application timeframe has closed for fiscal year 22 (July 2021-June 2022). 

 

Fiscal year 22 grant recipients will be announced on April 25, 2022. 

 

Check in periodically for updates regarding the next Project Grant cycle in fiscal year 23 (July 2022-June 2023).

To be eligible for funding in the Project Support category, an organization must:

  • Be a registered nonprofit organization applying for a specific arts program, project, or activity
  • Be principally located in the five-county Kansas City metropolitan area (Clay, Jackson, Johnson, Platte, Wyandotte)
  • Have a governing body with bylaws
  • Be founded before 2019 (thus, have at least two years of financial records and established history of programming)

Photo: KC Melting Pot Theatre, FY21 Project Grant Recipient

inspiration Grants

Photo: David Yoon, FY21 Inspiration Grant Recipient

Inspiration Grants are project grants for individual artists or small groups of artists. The highest priority for these grants are ambitious projects of risk, growth, and change for the artist while making a positive impact on the community. Visual, dance, music, theater, poetry, and interdisciplinary art applications are welcome. ArtsKC made 18 grants totaling $35,468 in Spring 2021. The average grant was $1,970. 34% of applicants received a grant of any amount.

The application period is closed for 2022.

Decision Date: May 2022

Grant Recipient Announcement Date: May 17, 2022

Final Report Due: January 2023

Eligible applicants must: 

  • Be a practicing artist with an established record of professional achievement in the arts.
  • Be an adult over the age of 18.
  • Live in the five-county Kansas City metropolitan area (Jackson, Clay, and Platte counties in Missouri; and Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas).
    • Applications from adjacent counties will be considered if the project takes place within our service area, but the five-county area is the main priority.

Not Eligible

  • If you received an Inspiration grant recently, you are eligible to apply again after waiting out one round and completing the final report from your previous grant.
  • Some Inspiration Grants have been made for workshops, certifications or other forms of continuing education, but are not for regular college tuition.
  • Organizations may not apply for Inspiration Grant funding, which are for individual artists.
  • An individual can only apply for and/or financially benefit from one Inspiration Grant per grant round. You are not eligible if you have already applied for this round and/or are part of a group that has already applied.

Teri Rogers Filmmakers Grants

OPENS MAY 18

ArtsKC and the Kansas City Film Office present: the Teri Rogers Filmmakers Grant. This grant was created in honor of the late Teri Rogers, a woman who dedicated her life to uplifting women creatives in Kansas City. Priority will be given to ambitious projects of risk, growth, and change for the filmmaker that also make a positive community impact.

Deadline to apply: Thursday, September 1, 2022, at 11:45 PM

To be eligible for funding in the Teri Rogers Filmmakers category:

  • Be 18-years of age or older. This fund does not fund student films.
  • Applicants must identify as woman or gender nonconforming.
  • Project must be new film, video, and/or digital production work in the short-film narrative (non documentary) genre.
  • Applicants must assume the role of director with artistic/creative control. They must own the copyright of their production, and have artistic, budgetary and editorial control over their project.
  • Reside or work in the five-county Kansas City metropolitan area 
    • Applications from adjacent counties will be considered if the project takes place within our service area, but the five-county area is the main priority.
  • Be in the early stage of film career.
  • Special consideration will be given to projects where Kansas City or the region serves as character or is highlighted as place.
  • Special consideration will be given to projects that prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Photo: Teri Rogers

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ArtsKC utilizes a grant management software provided by Foundant Technologies for all grant applications. Grant applications open for periods of time throughout the year. Please visit specific grant sections to learn more about the timeline and deadlines for each grant category.

If you need assistance with the online application process, please see this video.

Photo: Brittany Noriega, FY21 Inspiration Grant Recipient

grant resources

Photo: Owen/Cox Dance Group

2020 - 2021 Grantees

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grant committees

Our grant committees are led by Board members and include artists, art lovers, and other established professionals across disciplines. We are honored by the thoughtfulness and time that each committee member generously provides.