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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 Support 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. 87.9% of applicants in this category received a grant of any amount.

Application Opens: July 20, 2022

Deadline: October 27, 2022

Decisions Announcement: January and February, 2023

Impact Reports Deadline: June 15, 2023

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 2020 (thus, have at least two years of financial records and established history of programming)

Project Support 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 2021-2022, we awarded 18 Project Grants totaling $86,456. The average grant amount was $4,803. 60% of applicants in this category received a grant of any amount.

Application Opens: September 14, 2022

Deadline: February 28, 2023

Decisions Announcement: April, 2023

Impact Reports Deadline: August 1, 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 2020 (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 purpose of these grants is to support ambitious projects of risk, growth, and change for the artist and/or projects that make a positive impact on the community. Visual, dance, music, theater, poetry, and interdisciplinary art applications are welcome. ArtsKC made 24 grants totaling $60,000 in Spring 2022. All grants were for $2,500. 58.5% of applicants received a grant.

Application Opens: December 1, 2022

Deadline: March 23, 2023

Decisions Announcement: May, 2023

Impact Reports Deadline: November 15, 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

Closed

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. This grant is currently closed.

This grant is currently closed. Applications will open again in spring of 2022.

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

Creative Initiatives Impact Funding

Photo: Parkville Artisans Studio

- CLOSED - Creative Initiatives Impact Funding is for organizations or initiatives who support Jackson County and Kansas City, MO neighborhood and community development with arts and culture projects, activities, or programs. Creative Initiatives funding is meant to promote accessibility to the arts, arts education, as well as partnerships and collaborations in the arts.

This grant is currently closed. More information coming soon.

To be eligible for funding in the Creative Initiatives category, the applicant must:

  • Be located in Jackson County, MO or Kansas City, MO
  • Apply for a specific arts and culture and/or arts education program, project, or activity
  • Identify as one of the following categories:
    • Registered nonprofit organization (have 501c3 status)
    • In good standing with MO Secretary of State as a Missouri nonprofit
    • Individual or small group affiliated with a 501c3 organization or Missouri nonprofit
    • Community-serving collective, collaborative, or initiative with a charitable purpose associated with a 501c3 organization or Missouri nonprofit
      • Types of organizations encouraged to apply include: neighborhood associations, community centers, faith-based organizations, libraries, rotaries, chambers, education centers, and charitable initiatives associated with these organizations (non publicly-funded organizations only).
  • Have not been awarded an ArtsKC Mission Support or Project Support grant since 2019

*Funding will not be awarded to individuals

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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. The online grants system is compatible with screen reading systems, but does not have an in-application screen-reader.

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

2021-2022 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. If interested in participating in a grant committee, reach out to grantmaking@artskc.org.