January 12, 2022 – ArtsKC announces 51 nonprofit arts organizations will receive Mission Support Grants totaling $255,160 in funding. ArtsKC holds a long-term commitment toward a progressive funding program that drives equity in the region and prioritizes funding for small-mid size, diverse-led organizations.


Small to mid-size organizations comprise the majority of the arts and culture impact in the Kansas City neighborhoods and regional communities. Organizations in this range often provide the first arts interaction community members have with the arts. ArtsKC directed 75%of Mission Support Grant funding to these organizations.


ArtsKC received generous funding support resulting in an increase in the overall average grant amount for all awardees and additional funding specifically for diverse led organizations throughout the region.


ArtsKC’s commitment to prioritizing diverse-led organizations will continue in organization grant applications, including Project Support grants.


“ArtsKC grantmaking program will remain dynamic and undergo regular review to ensure our investment is responsive to the community we are committed to serve,”  said ArtsKC CEO and President, Dana Knapp.


Mission Support Grants, formerly known as Catalyst Mission Grants, are general operating support for nonprofit arts organizations with the arts as their primary purpose. ArtsKC has awarded mission support grants since 2007 and works to improve the process each year through a progressive funding approach. Dedicated volunteers from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds review grant applications and select recipients in each grant category.





Leslie Escareno

Communications & Program Associate