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Innovation Fund

Grants to St. Louis County, Missouri Arts
Non-Profits for Creative Initiatives

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The St. Louis Regional Arts Commission

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Grants to St. Louis City and/or County, Missouri non-profit arts organizations for projects and initiatives that demonstrate flexibility, openness to change, and willingness to take risks in accomplishing organizational and programmatic goals. Interested applicants must submit a Letter of Intent by August 1. Proposals encompassing a broad range of ideas will be considered.

Funds are available in two categories:

1) Innovative Projects and Initiatives - This category will provide support for a broad range of new ideas. Projects or initiatives may include but are not limited to artistic innovation, technology, technical innovation, audience development, community engagement, community outreach, marketing, diverse partnerships and collaborations, creative place-making, and entrepreneurial enterprises.

2) Advancement - This category of support is intended to strengthen the capacity and management/administration of arts organizations and to assist in accomplishing defined goals. Organizational development initiatives related to management and administration could include but are not limited to the areas of information systems, marketing, public relations, management/organizational structure, financial management, and sustainability. Initiatives should be designed to result in organizational change that comes from a shift in assumptions and provide new ways to fulfill the organization’s mission.

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GrantWatch ID#: 145665

Term of Contract:

Projects should start between January 1 and December 31, 2015 and the timeline for single or multi-year projects is flexible.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

-Non-profit organizations that produce or present art in St. Louis City and/or County.
-Consortiums between two or more organizations. Collaborative projects with non-arts organizations and businesses are encouraged.
-Arts organizations and consortiums that have received RAC funding within the past four years will receive priority consideration.

Not Eligible:
-Purchase of real property
-Projects already completed
-Tuition assistances
-Art therapy programs
-Refreshment costs
-Benefits or fundraisers
-Programs outside St. Louis City and County

Pre-Application Information:

Letters of intent (2 pages) due by August 1, 2014. Submit by email to: in PDF format. Letters must include the proposed request amount and designation of the category (Innovation Projects and Initiatives or Advancement).

Staff will review letters of intent and make recommendations to a panel that includes RAC Grants Committee members and invited reviewers. Invitations to submit full proposals will be issued by August 25, 2014.

Selected applicants will submit full proposals by September 29, 2014 . Proposals will consist of an expanded description that addresses the review criteria and a project budget. Detailed instructions will be available at a later date.

Contact Information:

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

Grace Hong, Grants Manager

Regional Arts Commission
6128 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63112

Telephone: (314) 863-5811
Fax: (314) 863-6932

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