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Grants to Missouri Grassroots Arts Organizations and Artist-Run Projects in Eligible Locations for Operational Support

Cultural Producers Grant Program

GrantWatch ID# 197288

Funding Source
Charlotte Street Foundation
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Geographic Focus
USA: Missouri: Five-county region of the Kansas City metro

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/20/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants of $5,000 and grants of $10,000 to Missouri grassroots arts organizations and artist-run projects in eligible locations to promote sustainability. Funding is intended to increase awareness of the local arts and culture ecosystem. Eligible projects benefit initiatives and support operations in the five-county region of the Kansas City metro.

The Cultural Producers Grant Program awards grants for low-budget grassroots arts organizations and artist-run projects in Kansas City. Kansas City has long enjoyed a thriving and diverse ecology of small artist-run spaces, collectives, groups, and organizations, which have sometimes suffered from a lack of support needed to establish sustainability. These new Cultural Producer Grants aim to both draw attention to these critical elements of the arts ecosystem as well as direct some much-needed support their way. 


  • To encourage a rich, flourishing, and diverse ecosystem of arts and culture in Kansas City
  • To contribute to the sustainability of low-budget artist-run organizations, collectives, groups, projects, and initiatives
  • To provide support for small arts and culture grassroots organizations and artist-organizers building larger scale projects that have an important impact on Kansas City’s Arts and Culture scene, despite smaller budgets and less access to capital.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Funding is awarded to low-budget grassroots arts organizations and artist-run projects in Kansas City.

- Primary contacts for organizations must be an artist of any discipline, over 21 years of age, and cannot be currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program (BFA, MFA, or other)
- Organization or proposed project (if submitting as an individual) cannot have an annual operating budget over $50,000 or own assets worth over $50,000
- Open to artist-run initiatives and Arts and Culture operations located in the 5-county region of the Kansas City metro or fiscally sponsored artist collaboratives, collectives, or companies (can include art spaces, festivals, ongoing operations, or one-off events)
- Open to the following disciplines: visual art, film, dance, theatre, spoken word/performative poetry, multidisciplinary, new media, new/experimental music, social practice, arts publications/arts writing, conceptual or social design projects
- Applicants must have 24 months of operating history if applying as a collective, organization, or company. Unaffiliated artist-organizers pitching one-time events or projects must have a demonstrated history of prior organizing success via CV.
- 100% of funds will be awarded to organizations whose mission and leadership will positively impact the advancement of BIPOC, LGBTQIA, and/or Disabled communities, in recognition of the oppression of those communities in the art sector and the gap that has been created particularly in the Kansas City art scene.

Not open to current Charlotte Street Startup Residents, Rocket Grantees who have not completed the final report, or to directly support programming on Charlotte Street’s campus.

Pre-Application Information
The deadline to apply is March 20, 2023.

Applicants are notified of their status on Thursday, May 4, 2023.

Finalists are given the opportunity to present in 20-minute interview/question-answer sessions with the jury panel.

Funding requests are annual. Applicants can be funded for up to 2 years in a row but then must sit out a year before applying again.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
5 to 10 recipients

Estimated Size of Grant
The funds are awarded as a $5,000 or $10,000 grant.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Charlotte Street
3333 Wyoming Street
Kansas City, Mo 64111

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