What is an Inspiration Grant?
ArtsKC Inspiration Grants are an investment in human capital, providing direct support to individual artists and arts professionals for projects and activities that have the potential to advance their careers and build their capacity for future work. These projects exemplify risk, growth, and change. Visual, music, theatre, literary, dance, and interdisciplinary projects are the primary focus of Inspiration Grants.
The highest priorities for funding are artistic projects or activities with the potential to have a substantial impact on the career development and working capacity or efficiency of the artists involved. Applications for assistance with normal, ‘business as usual’ expenses involved with the applicant’s customary art practice or professional activities are not a high priority for funding and are generally not funded.
Applications for Inspiration Grants will be reviewed and approved twice over the course of the fiscal year, so there are opportunities to apply every six months.
If you have a question about the suitability of your idea for an Inspiration Grant, it’s best to ask the ArtsKC Grant Staff by email well in advance of the deadline. We recommend looking at descriptions of previous grant awards, as well.
The application process is entirely online.