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Grants to Missouri Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools, Libraries,
and IHEs to Support Projects in Various Artistic Disciplines

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Missouri Arts Council (MAC)

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Grants of up to $2,000 to Missouri nonprofit organizations, agencies, schools, libraries, and IHEs to support projects in various artistic disciplines. New applicants should contact program staff prior to applying. Eligible expenses include marketing, travel, and artist fees.

An eligible project may include the following:

  • Performance of dance, music, opera, and/or theater (single performance or series)
  • Arts festival or arts component at a festival or county fair
  • Exhibition or exhibition series
  • Literary journal publication
  • Film festival, film series, or production of a media arts project

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159651

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request up to 50% of total project expenses. $2,000 maximum. The award amount is generally smaller than the request amount.

Term of Contract:

This grant is for projects occurring July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to apply for Missouri Arts Council funding, an organization must:
- Conduct the proposed project in Missouri and be a unit of federal or local government, such as a school district, university, county, municipal agency, or library, or
- Be tax-exempt as determined by the Internal Revenue Service and be incorporated in Missouri as a “domestic” not-for-profit corporation.

This may include organizations like the following:
- Arts or arts education organizations
- Community arts organizations
- Social service organizations
- Religious organizations
- Youth organizations
- Government agencies
- City parks departments
- Public school districts
- Private PK-12 schools
- Colleges and universities (for additional eligibility and requirements, see

The following entities are not eligible to apply for Missouri Arts Council funding.
- Individuals.
- New organizations (in operation less than a year). New and emerging arts organizations must consult with the Missouri Arts Council before applying. Emerging groups need time and assistance to develop their mission and create effective events and programs.
- Nonprofit organizations with foreign incorporation with the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office. Exception: Organizations that were previously funded may continue to be funded if they maintain a Missouri based location and majority-Missouri board.
- For-profit organizations (including B Corporations).
- Nonexempt nonprofit organizations.

Missouri Arts Council does not fund projects using fiscal agents.

For Ineligible Expenses, see

Pre-Application Information:

MAC is now accepting applications for Express Project and Express Touring programs for FY2021 (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021). For Express Grants, applications are accepted and award amounts are determined on a rolling basis throughout the year. Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The deadline is the first Monday of the month, two months in advance of the month in which the project occurs. For example, for a project in May, the application must be received no later than the first Monday in March. If the first Monday is a holiday, the deadline is on Tuesday. MAC encourages organizations to submit applications early and not wait until the monthly deadlines. Funding notification is approximately 45 days after submission.

For the Express Grant Deadline Schedule, which shows the latest date that you can submit an application for the corresponding time period, see

New applicants should contact the program specialist to ensure that their project is eligible for Missouri Arts Council funding and determine the suitable grant program.

All Missouri Arts Council applicants must have a DUNS number. For more information, see

Missouri Arts Council grants must be matched on a one-to-one basis. For more information, see

Payment of the Missouri Arts Council grant is always made on a reimbursement basis. For details, see

Generally, organizations are limited to one Missouri Arts Council application/grant per fiscal year (July – June).

Grants Guidelines, Applications, Forms, and Documents:

Contact Information:

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

Online Grant System:

If you have any questions about Express Grants, contact the program specialist:
Donald Rice, 314-340-6854,

Missouri Arts Council
815 Olive St., Ste. 16
St. Louis, MO 63101
800-735-2966 TDD
314-340-7215 fax

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