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Funding for Arts Organizations

Foundation Center
The world’s leading source of information on philanthropy, fundraising, and grant programs.

Fundsnet Services
A comprehensive website dedicated to providing nonprofit organizations, colleges, and universities with information on financial resources available on the Internet. Includes an extensive list of arts funders.

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.

Francis Family Foundation- Arts & Culture
The Small Arts Grant Fund application is available the first week in July each year and due the end of August.  An invitation is never needed to apply.  Grants to large and mid-size arts organizations (with budgets over $300,000) are considered by the Foundation on an invitation only basis, primarily to organizations that were grant recipients in the prior year.

Francis Family Foundation- Small Arts Grant Fund
Recognizing the arts are more accessible when located within venues where people live and work, the Francis Family Foundation created the Small Arts Grant Fund. A wide range of grassroots programs are supported throughout the region. Eligibility: Organizations located within the greater Kansas City area that are tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) public charity with a federal Employer Identification Number, or partner with another organization that can serve as a fiscal sponsor, and an arts organization with annual revenues of less than $300,000 last fiscal year. OR a non-arts organization with a community-based arts program that provides access to arts and culture opportunities in traditional and nontraditional sites throughout the greater Kansas City area. Small Arts Grant Fund requests cannot exceed $10,000.

The Hall Family Foundation
Grants in The Arts encourage excellence in the community’s performing and visual arts organizations. Top priority is given to programs that enhance quality, strengthen management and increase audience development. While larger, established arts groups take priority, we also invest in smaller groups that fill a specific arts niche. Preference is given to programs that: create long term solutions, respond to and positively impact the community, promote excellence, have the capacity to achieve the desired results through leadership, management and financial resources, are innovative and catalytic, have the likelihood of future support for ongoing operating costs, do not compete with government programs, and cooperate with other community resources and agencies. Award Amounts vary. Requests can be submitted at any time & are accepted and reviewed on a year-round basis.

Harpo Foundation – New Work Project Grants
New Work Project Grants are made to non-profit organizations in support of new work by under recognized artists 21 years or older. Eligibility: Tax exempt 501 (c) (3) organizations, presenting venues and hosting organizations may only submit one application a year, etc. Awards are made of up to $10,000.

Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (CAIC)
The Commission is dedicated to measuring, promoting, supporting and expanding the creative industries to grow the state’s economy and create creative industry-related jobs. Offers grants for Strategic Investment: Organizational Development, New and Expanded Works, and Equipment and Technology. Their grants for Arts Integration include: Visiting Artists, Integrated Arts Education, and Innovative Partnerships.

The Kresge Foundation- Arts & Culture Program
The national Arts and Culture Program focuses on the role arts and culture play in re-energizing the communities that have long been central to America’s social and economic life. We believe that arts and culture are an integral part of life and, when embedded in cross-sector revitalization activity, can contribute to positive and enduring economic, physical, social and cultural change in communities. We seek to make arts and culture as central to discussions of rebuilding and reinvigorating metropolitan areas as lang use, housing, transportation, economic development and other more traditional disciplines. At Kresge, we use the term creative placemaking to refer simply to the deliberate integration of arts and culture in revitalization work; our grantmaking and investments focus on interdisciplinary approaches to the broad field of community revitalization.

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.

Missouri Arts Council
The Missouri Arts Council, a state agency and division of the Department of Economic Development, provides grants to nonprofit organizations that meet our strategic goals to: Increase participation in the arts in Missouri, grow Missouri’s economy using the arts, and strengthen Missouri education through the arts. The Missouri Arts Council awards grants to organizations to stimulate the growth, development, and appreciation of the arts in Missouri. This funding makes possible quality arts programming to communities throughout Missouri. In addition to financial assistance, we provide expertise in community development, fundraising, marketing, grantwriting, arts education, artistic disciplines (visual arts, music, literature, theater, dance, festivals, and film/media) and more. Award Amounts: Monthly grants- $300-$3,000, Annual grants- $1,500-$300,000. Monthly grants- Due the first Monday of the month, Annual grants- Due the last Monday in February.

Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation
Funding is provided for general operations, program support, specific productions, fundraising events and capital campaigns. Supports tax-exempt organizations that are classified under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code that enhance the quality and accessibility of the arts in the greater Kansas City community. Award Amounts: Amounts vary. Proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis.

National Endowment for the Arts- Research: Art Works
The Research: Art Works category supports research projects to analyze the value and impact of the arts in the United States. Award Amounts: Generally range from $10,000-$30,000.

National Endowment for the Arts: Challenge America
Supports projects that extend the reach of the arts to undeserved populations. Matching grants generally range from $10,000.

National Endowment for the Arts- Our Town
Organizations may apply for creative placemaking projects that contribute to the livability of communities and place the arts at their core. Our Town offers support for projects in two areas. Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects that represent the distinct character and quality of their communities. Projects that build knowledge about creative placemaking. Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design projects- Matching grants range from $25,000-$200,000. Projects that Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking- Matching grants range from $25,000-$100,000.

The NonProfit Times Grants Page
We realize looking for grant opportunities can be time consuming. Knowing how critical grants are to funding various projects, we want to make it easy for you to find the grant you are looking for. Click on the categories below to see the latest grants available. Award Amounts vary.

Theatre Communications Group
Theatre Communications Group (TCG) provides information for funding for organizations in three areas: Audience R(E)volution – a four-stage program that offers TCG Member Theatres the opportunity to study, promote and support successful audience engagement and community development models. Leadership U[niversity]: Continuing Ed – this initiative prepares recipients from all areas of the theatre for greater leadership responsibilities and long-term careers in the theatre, in two areas: one-on-one for career leaders and Continuing Ed for mid-career or veteran professionals. MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program: Think It, Do It – Think It grants ($25,000) for research and development. Do It grants ($50,000) support the implementation and testing.

Legal & Accounting

The Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts (KCVLAA)
KCVLAA is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that provides legal and accounting assistance to qualifying artists and arts organizations from all creative disciplines. Our ArtSmarts program provides seminars in arts law to help artists avoid common pitfalls in their professional arts careers.

Missouri Legal Services
Legal Aid programs providing legal help to low-income and disadvantaged people.

Kansas Legal Services
A non-profit law firm and community education organization helping low and moderate income people in Kansas.
The federal government’s official copyright site containing information and forms, which can be reviewed and downloaded.

National Coalition Against Censorship
NCAC’s mission is to promote freedom of thought, inquiry and expression and oppose censorship in all its forms. Over 40 years, as an alliance of more than 50 national non-profits, including literary, artistic, religious, educational, professional, labor, and civil liberties groups, we have engaged in direct advocacy and education to support First Amendment principles. NCAC is unique in that we are national in scope, but often local in our approach. We work with community members to resolve censorship controversies without the need for litigation.

Professional Development

National Arts Administration and Policy Publications Database (NAAPPD)

Current and historical information on a multitude of topics related to arts administration and policy. The database contains over 7,000 records-providing arts administrators, policy researchers, and advocates with comprehensive information on arts policy and practice and arts administration resources and best practices.