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Program Support Grants

Grants to Missouri Nonprofits and Agencies for Community
Arts and Cultural Programs in Eligible Regions

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Regional Arts Commission (RAC) of St. Louis

Conf. Date:

01/08/20

LOI Date:

12/10/19

Deadline Date:

02/06/20

Description:

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Grants to Missouri nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and libraries for arts and cultural programs in eligible regions. Pre-qualification is required prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended to support the presentation and production of one-time and ongoing projects that are open to the general community, increase arts access, and enhance participation of local audiences throughout St. Louis City and County.

The Regional Arts Commission’s (RAC) Program Support grant category provides project-based support to arts and culture organizations and non-arts nonprofit organizations in the production and presentation of high-quality artistic activities. 

Program Support Application Categories:

  • Arts and Culture Programs: Performances, concerts, exhibitions, readings, publications, arts education, and other similar programs
  • Cultural Festivals, Parades and Special Events: Events that enhance the economic vitality of St. Louis and increase the region’s visibility and desirability as a destination for out of town visitors
  • Community Arts Programs: Programs using the arts as a tool for social change and civic engagement

Program Support fund projects meeting the following conditions:

  • A project may consist of one or more specific events or activities; it may be part of or all of an applicant’s regular season or activities. Applicants that undertake a single short-term project in a year – a ten-day jazz festival, for example – could apply for the event, or they could identify certain components (such as the presentation of a key artist and the associated activities) as their project.
  • Applicants may apply for any or all phases of a project, from its planning through its implementation.
  • Projects may be new and untested or ongoing with proven track records.
  • Projects do not need to be large. RAC welcomes small-scale projects that can make a difference in a community or artistic field.
  • Projects may cover a broad range of singular and multiple artistic disciplines. 


GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 149318

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum amount of funding that an organization can receive from each of these tiers is $15,000, $10,000, $5,000, or $3,000.

Therefore, an organization with project expenses of $30,000 or more can apply for a $15,000 grant; with project expenses of $20,000 or more can apply for a $10,000 grant; with $10,000 or more can apply for a $5,000 grant; and, with project expenses of $6,000 or more can apply for a $3,000 grant.

Term of Contract:

- Grant Cycle – Single-Year Applicants: July 1, 2020 – June 31, 2021
- Grant Cycle – Multi-Year Applicants: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021, and July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An organization is eligible to apply for Program Support provided that it meets the following requirements:
- Nonprofit and tax-exempt status: In “good status” as a nonprofit corporation in the State of Missouri and 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or be a unit of federal or local government such as a library, county, or municipal agency.
- Local focus: Arts programs and projects must occur in St. Louis City or St. Louis County.
- Grant Cycle: Arts programs and projects must occur during the applicable grant cycle.
- The proposed program’s primary purpose must be the creation or utilization of art.
- RAC funds ongoing programs and projects. RAC defines a program as a specific, identifiable project, event, or event series that has a distinct and consistent focus, format, and objective. Programs and projects may be large or small, existing or new, ongoing or one-time events. They may take place in any publicly accessible venue in St. Louis City or County.
- An organization may submit only one application per grant cycle.
- A first-time applicant to RAC is eligible to apply only at the $3,000 and $5,000 grant tier regardless of the project budget

New and emerging arts organizations are eligible to apply with a fiscal sponsor (agent) in Program Support at the $5,000 and $3,000 grant levels.

For more information about getting a fiscal sponsor, see the following link:
file:///C:/Users/Devorie/Downloads/RAC-Organization-Grants-Info-Guide-November-2019%20(1).pdf#page=12

Restrictions:
- Programs, projects, or events not accessible to the public
- Grants to individuals, including artists (Individual artists with project ideas should apply to RAC’s Artist Support Program)
- Educational institutions, including schools, childcare centers, colleges, and universities, are ineligible to apply. Organizations that are closely affiliated with such institutions are encouraged to contact RAC prior to applying to ensure eligibility.
- Projects for which the selection of artists or art works is based upon criteria other than artistic excellence and merit. Examples include festivals, exhibitions, publications or performances for which no jury/audition/curatorial judgment has been applied.
- Benefits, fundraisers or awards programs
- Programs that are part of a religious service
- Political advocacy
- Construction, purchase, or renovation of facilities. (Design fees, preparing space for an exhibit, installation or de-installation of art, and community planning are eligible)
- Cash reserves or endowments
- Deficit or debt reduction efforts
- Tuition assistance
- Costs of receptions and social activities, except when they are incidental and related to arts activities

Pre-proposal Conference:

Application Writing Workshops: January 8 and 14, 2020

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Schedule:
- Pre-Qualification Process Opens: November 8, 2019
- Pre-Qualification Deadline: December 10, 2019
- Notification of Eligibility: December 19, 2019
- Applications Available: December 20, 2019
- Application Writing Workshops: January 8 and 14, 2020
- Staff Phone Consultations: January 27-31, 2020
- Application Deadline: February 6, 2020
- Review Panel Meetings: March 17 – April 2, 2020
- Appeals Process: Appeals due within one week after panel review meeting
- Commission Vote on Awards: May 14, 2020
- Award Announcements: June 9, 2020

The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis of St. Louis (RAC) requires all applicants to submit proposal
information online.

Note: First-time applicants to RAC’s funding programs must first apply in Program Support and establish
a three-year track record within this category before gaining eligibility to apply to GOS.

The grant tiers are based on the overall program or project cost and require at least a 1:1 cash match. In-kind expenses will only count towards the cash match at the $3,000 grant tier.

The Program Support grant application cycle includes the following steps:
- Complete the Program Support pre-qualification process available through grants.racstl.org in early November and due mid-December. Eligible organizations will be notified after completing the qualifying process and invited to submit an application.
- Group application writing workshops will be held in January 2020.
- Staff provides one-on-one consultations via phone. Organizations that are new to the process or that received low ratings in the previous grant cycle are strongly encouraged to take advantage of staff phone consultations.
- Submit application by early February due date.
- Once submitted, all applications are reviewed by RAC staff for eligibility and completeness.
- Applications deemed substantially incomplete (missing key components, such as budgets, program narratives or timelines, etc.), will not be reviewed and eliminated from the process.
- On a case-by-case basis, staff may allow errors and omissions in applications submitted prior to the deadline to be corrected, provided that the application deadline can still be met.

GOS grant payments are made monthly through automatic deposit in a series of 12 payments starting late July and ending late June of the designated grant cycle.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply online: https://grants.racstl.org/

If you have questions regarding the Program Support application, contact grants@racstl.org.

Regional Arts Commission St. Louis
6128 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63112

Telephone: (314) 863-5811
Fax: (314) 863-6932

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