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Express Touring Grant for Schools and Communities

Grants to Missouri Nonprofits, Schools, Libraries, Agencies,
and IHEs to Host Community or School-Based Performances

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Grants of up to $1,000 and grants of up to $3,000 to Missouri nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, libraries, and IHEs to host community or school-based performances. New applicants should contact program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended for performances by qualified presenting artists.

Community Touring provides funding to eligible nonprofit organizations that hire performing artists listed in MAC’s Missouri Touring Performers Directory for public performance(s). The grant will pay a portion of the fee paid to the artist that travels at least 50 miles from their Missouri home base to the performance venue within Missouri. The artists are available for performances, demonstrations, workshops, and/or masterclasses.

School Touring provides funding to PK-12 grade schools that hire performing artists listed as School Touring Qualified in MAC’s Missouri Touring Performers Directory. The grant pays a portion of the artistic fee charged for schools and organizations to present performing artist(s) during school assemblies. There is no travel requirement for this grant.

Additional activities may include small group enrichment sessions, interactive workshops, and lecture demonstrations. There is no requirement for artists to travel any distance for this grant.

Missouri Touring Performers Directory:

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GrantWatch ID#: 159873

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request up to 60% of the artistic fee(s) which may include performance as well as related travel, lodging, and per diem. (40% cash match requirement to MAC’s 60% grant.)
- Community: $3,000 maximum.
- School: The maximum is $1,000 per school and $3,000 for the school district.

Term of Contract:

This grant is for projects occurring between July 1, 2020, and 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 and

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

Match Requirement: Applicants must provide matching funds of 40% or more in cash.

Express Touring applicants are responsible for selecting and scheduling the artist(s) and negotiating the artistic fee.

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

Applicants are limited to one application/grant within the fiscal year.

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

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For questions, contact:

Donald Rice, School Touring Program Specialist

Julie Hale, Express Touring Grants for Schools Program Specialist

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

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