ArtsKC Inspiration Grants
Learn more here: https://artskc.org/grantmaking/getfunding/inspirationresources
Art Through Architecture
The mission of AtA is to support artists and the arts community in the Kansas City area and to enrich architectural practices and architect-client relationships bu providing architects and clients with incentives and tools to collect, commission, place, and integrate artwork by Kansas City artists into their processes and projects. http://www.artarch.org
Bard Fiction Prize
The Bard Fiction Prize is awarded to a promising emerging writer who is an American citizen aged 39 years or younger at the time of application. In addition to a $30,000 cash award, the winner receives an appointment as writer-in-residence at Bard College for one semester, without the expectation that he or she teach traditional courses. The recipient gives at least one public lecture and meets informally with students. http://www.bard.edu/bfp
Charlotte Street Visual Artist and Generative Performing Artist Awards
Charlotte Street Visual Artist Awards recognize and significantly support Kansas City-based visual artists of all media who are creating exceptional, contemporary work. Providing artists with financial support, critical recognition, and public exposure, these Awards aim to reward artistic accomplishment to date and to support the continued development of artists’ work and careers. The Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Awards aim to recognize and significantly support Kansas City-based artists producing exceptional performance-based work that is original, innovative, and progressive. Providing artists with financial support, critical recognition, and public exposure, these Awards aim to reward artistic accomplishment to date and to support the continued development of artists’ work and careers. Eligibility: Artists, curators, collectives, collaborative, partnerships, and artist-run spaces residing within an 80-mile radius of the Kansas City metropolitan area, including Lawrence, Kansas, are eligible to apply. Non-profit organizations, current students or recent undergraduate students are not eligible. Artists may not receive a Rocket Grant two years in a row. Award Amounts: $10,000. Important Dates: Awards Calls usually open late October. http://charlottestreet.org/calls-to-artists
Creative Writing Fellowships – National Endowment for the Arts
The NEA Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry to publish creative writers that enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. The NEA Literature Fellowship program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships available in alternative years. Award Amounts: Offers $25,000 grants.
Foundation for Contemporary Arts
Offers Emergency Grants: prompt funding for innovative visual and performing artists who have unanticipated, sudden opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding; incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates. Offers other grants, but are nomination-only. http://www.foundationforcontemporaryarts.org/grants/emergency-grants
Fractured Atlas, Inc.
Mission: Fractured Atlas empowers artists, arts organizations, and other cultural sector stakeholders by eliminating practical barriers to artistic expression, so as to foster a more agile and resilient cultural ecosystem. Offers fiscal sponsorships. https://www.fracturedatlas.org
Funds for Writers
FundsforWriters is an online resource for writers. You can be a thirty-year veteran or a part-time wannabe, but here at FundsforWriters (FFW), we consider you a writer none-the-less. We emphasize finding money to make writing a realistic career. Of course, you’d write anyway. That’s the way of a writer. We focus on markets, competitions, awards, grants, publishers, agents, and jobs for your writing abilities, with motivation chucked in. http://fundsforwriters.com
Harpo Foundation – Grants for Visual Artists
The Harpo Foundation was established in 2006 to support artists who are under recognized by the field. The foundation seeks to stimulate creative inquiry to encourage new modes of thinking about art. We view the definitions of art and artist to be open-ended and expansive.
Eligibility: Self-defined under recognized visual artist 21 years or older, United States citizen, not currently enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate program at the time of application, and not a previous recipient of a direct grant. Artists who have been supported by organizational grants in the past are eligible to apply for a direct grant. Award Amount: Awards are made of up to $10,000
Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation
Offers Individual Support Grants and Emergency Grants to painter, printmakers, or sculptors. https://www.gottliebfoundation.org/apply-for-a-grant
John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship
Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. The Foundation receives approximately 3,000 applications each year. Although no one who applies is guaranteed success in the competition, there is no prescreening: all applications are reviewed. Approximately 175 Fellowships are awarded each year. Application deadlines are in September or October each year. Award amounts vary.
Lee’s Summit Arts Council (LSAC) Annual Grant Opportunity and Mini-Grants
To support the cultural arts in our community the LSAC will accept requests for financial support of up to $1,000, which are reviewed annually; and for Mini-Grants of up to $500, which are reviewed monthly. Support funds must be used for cultural art events/programs that take place in Lee’s Summit. Individuals and organizations can apply. The following criteria will be considered: community impact, demonstrated need for support, creative use of funds, artistic quality, ability to administer and implement project, and the diversity of population served.
Mid America Arts Alliance
Our grantmaking programs provide money directly to artists to continue their important work, and directly to arts organizations to support new arts activities in their communities. In partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the state art agencies in our region, M-AAA offers two grant programs: Artistic Innovations and the Regional Touring Program. https://www.maaa.org/grants
National Endowment for the Arts – Grants
Creative Writing Fellowships, and Translation Projects. https://www.arts.gov/grants/apply-grant/grants-individuals
Office of Culture and Creative Services – City of Kansas City, MO
ArtCap Micro-loan Program: Launched in partnership with AltCap (a community development financial institution) in February 2016, this expanded micro-loan program for Kansas City artists is also committed to connecting artists to business development services that will support their art practices.
Eligibility: Funding is available to any type of artist in Kansas or Missouri including painters, sculptors, actors, and vocalists. Award Amount: Artists can borrow anywhere from $500 to $50,000 for short term periods with low, varying interest rates. http://kcmo.gov/citymanagersoffice/microloans-for-small-businesses-startups
Film Development Program
The purpose of the program, a joint effort between the OCCS and Kansas City Film & Media Office (a part of VisitKC), is to increase the number of film productions in the City, increase and sustain the number of local jobs in the industry, strengthen the City’s national reputation as a place for creative businesses, and promote the unique features, characteristics and assets within Kansas City neighborhoods. This program was passed by City Council in February 2016 and officially launched on May 31, 2016. Information about the program, including eligibility and document requirements, is available at VisitKC.
The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation grants program aspires to a vibrant, equitable, and sustainable world through the power of creative problem solving. Offers various grants, including the Artist as Activist grant. https://www.rauschenbergfoundation.org/grants
Rocket Grants – Charlotte Street Foundation
Rocket Grants enable individuals and groups of artists to take new risks with their work, push the scope and scale of their activities, develop and purse collaborative projects and engage with the public and public realm in inventive and meaningful ways. Rocket Grants fund projects that: happy in surprising places, challenge mainstream methods of thinking, making or presentation, add energy and diversity to regional art ecology, encourage the development of new kinds of audiences, address and provide opportunities for creative growth to either the artists community or the general public.
Eligibility: Artists, curators, collectives, collaborative, partnerships, and artist-run spaces residing within an 80-mile radius of the Kansas City metropolitan area, including Lawrence, Kansas, are eligible to apply. Non-profit organizations, current students or recent undergraduate students are not eligible. Artists may not receive a Rocket Grant two years in a row. Award Amounts: $2,000-$6,000. http://rocketgrants.org/about
Speculative Literature Foundation
Focused specifically on serving the speculative literature (science fiction, fantasy, and horror) community. Offers grants and a host of community resources, covering a broad range of topics, such as academic resources for teachers, convention listings for fans, editorial guidelines for self-publishers, and much more. http://speculativeliterature.org
Theatre Communications Group
Theatre Communications Group (TCG) provides information on grants for individuals, specifically, actors, directors, writers, and theatre professionals. https://www.tcg.org/grants/individual.cfm
Translation Projects – National Endowment for the Arts
Translation Projects enable recipients to translate work from other languages into English.
Award Amounts: Non-matching grants are for $12,500 or $25,000, depending on the artistic excellence and merit of the project. http://arts.gov/grants-individuals/translation-projects