Grants to Missouri nonprofit organizations and PreK-12 schools for educational programs related to the arts occurring outside of school hours. New applicants must contact staff and submit a draft review prior to applying. Funding must benefit disadvantaged students and will support activities such as theater productions and art classes that take place at school or at a location beyond the campus. Funds may be used to pay professional teaching artist fees and to purchase project-related materials and supplies.
Nonprofit organizations as well as PK-12 Schools are eligible to apply for Out of School Grants.
The following entities are not eligible to apply for Missouri Arts Council funding.
- 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. See page 13 for details.
- 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.
Funds cannot pay for equipment, food, beverages, awards, scholarships, or event tickets.
Applications for Annual Out of School Grants take place once a year. Final applications for FY25 are due Monday, February 26, 2024.
Email a draft proposal to the appropriate program specialist by the last Monday in January. This is optional for returning applicants. Draft applications for staff review are due Monday, January 29, 2024.
In July, Missouri Arts Council sends written notification to applicants of the Missouri Arts Council board
Organizations and schools are encouraged to submit applications early.
New applicants should contact the appropriate program specialist to ensure that their project is
eligible for Missouri Arts Council funding and determine the appropriate grant program.
All Missouri Arts Council applicants must obtain a SAM.gov-assigned unique entity identifier (UEI).
For Annual Grants, maximum request amount may equal the total expenses. However, the MAC award cannot exceed 50% of total expenses.
Matching funds are no longer required for the application (i.e. at the time of application). However, annual Missouri Arts Council grants must be matched on a one-to-one basis.
Payment of the Missouri Arts Council grant is always made on a reimbursement basis.