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Mission grants

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).

Impact 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.

Registered not-for-profit arts organization.

Principally located in the five-county Kansas City metropolitan area (Clay, Jackson, and Platte, MO or Johnson and Wyandotte, KS).

Governed by a board of director or the like with bylaws.

At least two years of financial records and established history of programming (thus, founded before 2019).

Must support public-facing and publicly accessible programming.

Organizations may submit one grant application to ArtsKC per year. 

Organizations may not apply for Inspiration Grant funding, which are for individual artists.

For educational institutions, ArtsKC funding should be for community programs and any other public-facing programs, not for academic degree-granting programs with tuition. In these cases, please supply a separate budget that clearly breaks out revenues and expenses for programs that serve the general public.

For organizations that have received a grant from ArtsKC in the previous year, Impact Reports must be submitted and accepted before applying again.

Applications are submitted online using the ArtsKC Grant System


If you have not applied before, when you go to the ArtsKC Grant System, click on the “Create New Account” button, and follow the directions there.  If you are a new user but your organization has applied for ArtsKC funding before, email to help set up your user profile.


If you have applied before, log in to your existing account in the ArtsKC Grant System and click on the “Apply” link to start a new application. Use the “Forgot Your Password?” link if you don’t remember what your password is. When you return to work on a saved application, be sure to look for your previously started form!


If you need assistance with the online application process, please see this video: Grant Applicant Tutorial.


Draft applications may be submitted for review by staff.  This step is strongly encouraged for new applicants. Draft applications do not require a full set of attachments or support materials to be reviewed and should be completed via the online grants system. Once the application has been completed for a draft review, email the ArtsKC Grants staff to say that the application is ready for draft review. ArtsKC staff will review applications in the order they are submitted and will provide timely feedback to the applicant. Applicants will be able to make changes directly in the application without having to start the application over. Draft applications must be submitted 30 days before the application deadline in order to allow time for staff to review it.

Mission Grants are competitive. Grant recipients are chosen by a continually renewed and representative group of community members with a variety of expertise and diverse perspectives. Committee Members are selected for their artistic knowledge and experience, awareness of community needs and issues, and other contributing factors. An ArtsKC Board Member leads each committee. Each application will be reviewed and discussed by the committee. Applicants may be emailed questions regarding the application. Not all applicants will be sent questions. Grants are then approved by the ArtsKC Board of Directors.

The committee will consider:

  • Artistic Excellence
  • Community Impact
  • Audience and Reach
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Accessibility
  • Financial and Operational Management
  • Need
  • The application in comparison to all other applications in the competitive process.
  • Other factors that may be determined by the committee and the ArtsKC Board of Directors


Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000. 

The amount of the request should be no more than 10% of the total operating expenses of your most recent fiscal year.

Exceptions to this policy may be made under special circumstances for organizations with previous year revenues of less than $10,000. 

To accept a grant, you must return your signed Grant Agreement Letter and W-9 within 15 business days of the notice, or you will forfeit your entire grant award.

You do not have to accept grants. If you have been awarded a grant and would like to turn it down or return it because of a change in plans or for any other reason, please notify ArtsKC Grant Staff immediately.

Grants are paid in two payments. The grant recipient must return a signed grant agreement and W-9 in order to receive the first payment of 80%. To receive the second payment of 20%, the grantee must turn in an Impact Report, which must be approved by ArtsKC. Please allow two weeks after submitting grant agreements and impact reports to process checks.

Impact Reports are submitted through the ArtsKC Grant System

You are required to submit an Impact Report by the deadline, or you will forfeit your final payment. We understand that it may become necessary to request a reasonable extension. Please do so by contacting ArtsKC well before the deadline to ensure timely processing of your request. ArtsKC will work with applicants in the event your project is delayed or postponed. Please contact us to discussion the circumstances. If an Impact Report is not received after the agreed upon date, you will become ineligible to apply for ArtsKC grants. Ineligibility can be reversed by the submission of an acceptable Impact Report.

During the duration of your active status as an Mission Support grant recipient, we ask that you recognize ArtsKC publicly in your promotional materials and programs in a manner consistent with your policy of acknowledging other donors. Please recognize ArtsKC by name, and use the ArtsKC logo. As part of this agreement, ArtsKC respectfully requests to use your name and any photos you are willing to provide in our promotional materials and online. 

Download ArtsKC's logos and brand guidelines here. 

Please notify ArtsKC staff in writing of any major changes in leadership, programs or operations as described in your grant application. Updates to contact information are also necessary to stay in contact and to mail checks to the appropriate address.

Group A - Mission Grant Committee


Chuck McCann, Committee Chair, CPA, CFO

Jeremy Lillig, Executive Director at Bright Futures Fund

Jonathan Doram, Musician and Music Educator

Madison Zalopany, Director of Community Programs and Partnership, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Melody Eber, Sr Associate Brand Manager, Russell Stover Chocolates

Muenfua Lewis, Brand Strategist and Co-Founder, By Design

Sariah Pinick, Grant Coordinator, Commerce Bank, Charitable Trusts and Foundations



Group B - Mission Grant Committee


Bety Le Shackelford, Actor (SAG-AFTRA/AEA), Director of Community Outreach (Cafe Cà Phê), Campaign Manager (Justin Short for KC)

Glenda Masters, Cultural Arts Manager, City of Lee’s Summit Missouri

glyneisha, poly-disciplinary artist, educator, organizer and community caretaker

James Shackelford, Senior Student Services Coordinator, UMKC School of Medicine

Kanon Cozad, Technology Consultant & Arts Patron

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