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.

Deadlines for 2019-2020

ROUND 1: 

Activity Dates: Applications should be for projects and activities occurring between the dates of October 1, 2019 and May 29, 2020.

  • Preliminary Applications are due on July 12, 2019 at 11:45 PM.
  • Preliminary Applications will be reviewed, and those that are selected will be asked to submit Full Applications.
  • If selected, Full Applications are due September 27, 2019 at 11:45 PM.
  • Funding decisions will be made and announced in mid-November, 2019.
  • Final Reports are due by June 30, 2020.

ROUND 2: 

Activity Dates: Applications should be for projects and activities occurring between the dates of April 1, 2020 and January 29, 2021. 

  • Preliminary Applications are due on February 7, 2020 at 11:45 PM.
  • Preliminary Applications will be reviewed, and those that are selected will be asked to submit Full Applications.
  • If selected, Full Applications are due March 20, 2020 at 11:45 PM.
  • Funding decisions will be made and announced in late April, 2020.
  • Final Reports are due by September 15, 2020.

The total amount of Inspiration Grant funding will be balanced so that funding will be available for projects in both rounds of applications.