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Rocket Relief Fund Grant

Grants to Kansas and Missouri Artists in Eligible
Areas to Address the Financial Impacts of COVID-19

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Charlotte Street Foundation, KU Spencer Museum of Art

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Grants of $1,000 to Kansas and Missouri individual artists in eligible locations to address financial needs resulting from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended to help artists whose incomes have been impacted by the pandemic and who need assistance with basic expenses such as food, rent, medical costs, and child care. Eligible artists live in the Missouri/Kansas bi-state region within 80 miles of Kansas City. Rocket Relief utilizes a lottery method that is weighted to prioritize applications based on emergency needs. There is no restriction on the use of funds.

Acceptable loss of income circumstances include but are not limited to:

  • Cancellations of performances, exhibitions, fairs, public programming, readings, panels, loss of sales, commissions and speaking opportunities
  • Reimbursement for travel expenses related to creative work that you paid for yourself. This includes but is not limited to: Attending conferences and convenings that have been cancelled, Artist residencies, Touring
  • Offsetting loss of income for teaching artists who could not teach during this time because of cancelled classes and school closures
  • Support for artists working full or part-time in the service or other non-arts related industry who have lost supplemental income used to support their creative practices
  • Loss of ability to work due to caretaking duties for a family member or member of household
  • Increased costs due to unexpected Corona Virus related health care for yourself or immediate family member

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179197

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Number of Grants:

10 artists each week

Estimated Size of Grant:


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This fund is open to all self-identifying visual, multi-disciplinary, and performing artists within an 80-mile radius of Kansas City.

In recognition of the disproportionate impact on Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color (BIPOC) from COVID-19 as reported by the CDC, cycle 2 will see the addition of using demographic information to also prioritize artists who self-identify as BIPOC.

Eligibility requirements:
- Is a Visual/Multidisciplinary artist (artists must create original work in painting, drawing, sculpture, book art, ceramics, fiber, printmaking, digital/media works, film, video, photography, performance art, sound art, social practice and/or hybrid or interdisciplinary practice of any/all of the above); OR
- Is a Theater Artist (artists must work as actors, stage managers, puppeteers, stage directors, theater choreographers, designers, stage technicians, and or hybrid or interdisciplinary practice of any/all of the above); OR
- Is a Dancer or Musician (artists must work as dancers, choreographers, musicians, composers); OR
- Is a Performative Poet, Spoken Word Artist, or Storyteller (artists must work as poets, spoken word, or storytelling artists in a way that involves public performance of work)
- Must be an artist whose primary residence is within an 80-mile radius of the Kansas City metro area.
- All artists must be over 21 at the time of the application, and may not be full-time students
- Able to provide a W9 and Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) if notified that you have been selected for a Rocket Relief grant.
- Determine recently active (within the past two years) record as exhibiting or performing artist by submitting one of the following-
CV or resume; link to artists website/online presence; link to public event that the artist recently participated in.

Employees or board members (or immediate family members of employees or board members) of Charlotte Street Foundation, ArtsKC, Theater League, and Spencer Museum of Art are not eligible for this opportunity.

Nonprofit entities are not eligible for funding.

Pre-Application Information:

New applications must be submitted by September 18, 2020.

If you applied for the Rocket Relief grant during the first cycle and did not receive a grant, your application will automatically be re-entered into the pool of received applications. However, you will be given an opportunity to review and revise your application between August 27 – September 8 to let staff know if your circumstances have changed since you first submitted your application.

The first notification of grantees will occur on September 25, 2020.

Eligible artists will be included in a distribution pool, from which ten artists per week will be chosen by lottery until all funds are exhausted. At least 60% of the grants will be awarded to BIPOC artists who are most affected. Once an artist has entered the pool and is confirmed as eligible, they will remain in the pool and weekly selection process until funds are fully depleted.

Grantees for this award will not be announced publicly.

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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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Charlotte Street Foundation
3333 Wyoming Street
Kansas City, MO 64111

Grant Coverage Areas:

Within an 80-mile radius of the Kansas City metropolitan area:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Kansas;   Missouri

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