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General Operating Support (GOS) Grants

Grants to St. Louis County, Missouri Arts and
Cultural Nonprofits for Organizational Support

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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St. Louis Regional Arts Commission (RAC)

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Deadline Date:

04/11/18 11:59 PM


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Grants to Missouri large nonprofit arts and culture organizations serving the St. Louis City and County communities for general organizational support. A pre-application is due December 13, 2017. Funding is intended to help these organizations provide high-quality arts activities and presentations that engage the diversity of residents within their communities and beyond.

GOS applicants will be judged on the following characteristics:

Artistic Merit and Quality of Programs:
- Strong artistic vision and leadership
- Some recognition of artistic excellence and quality of programs including awards, recognition, occasional local media
- Maintains a loyal audience base that is evidenced by consistent attendance numbers and ticket sales
- Hires local professional artists and builds the pool of artistic talent

Community Benefit:
- Diversity goals achieved through intentional outreach efforts and/or partnerships with diverse groups
- Implements strategies and programs to promote lifelong learning through the arts and to broaden and deepen an understanding of the art form through accessible and affordable programs
- Evidence of a commitment to diversity in staffing, board recruitment, and use of vendors
- Increases access to the arts through local and neighborhood based programming
- Awareness of the responsibility to increase awareness of value of the arts and participate in advocacy activities, when possible
- Ongoing efforts to assess and evaluate audience needs through surveys and other basic evaluation tools

Organizational Capacity:
- Solid administrative leadership and management
- An engaged and contributing working board of directors
- Strategic planning efforts undertaken on a regular basis
- Progress in establishing sound financial policies and practices
- Practice of generating renewable sources of annual income
- Accurate and timely preparation of financials
- Demonstrated progress toward establishing cash reserves to sustain the organization
- Provides training and professional development opportunities for staff and board members

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 149316

Estimated Size of Grant:

A funding formula is used to determine the award amount in GOS. This formula is based on an organization’s average annual operating expense (AOE) which is determined by averaging an organization’s total functional expenses from their last three IRS Form 990’s. You can estimate the maximum award your organization may receive by using the new Funding Formula Calculator (see Supporting Documents).

Term of Contract:

GOS Support grants will be awarded for a one-year period (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The GOS Grant Program is open to an arts and culture mission-based organization that meets the following requirements:
- Nonprofit and tax exempt status
- A three-year consecutive history of receiving RAC funding through Program Support
- Performs 75 percent of its programming within St. Louis City or County
- Must employ at least one permanent full-time employee or one permanent full-time-equivalent (FTE)
- Must have a three-year average annual operating expense (AOE) of $150,000 or more
- Among other requirements (see the RAC Grants Information Guide for further details)

- Educational institutions including schools, child care centers, colleges and universities are ineligible to apply.
- Organizations that are closely affiliated with such institutions should contact RAC prior to submitting an application and may be asked to provide additional information.
- Faith-based or religious-affiliated organizations are ineligible to apply in the General Operating Support category, but may apply in Program Support.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grant Seekers Information Workshops will be held at RAC on the following dates:
- Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 3:30 PM– 5:00 PM at RAC
- Tuesday, December 05, 2017, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Additionally, GOS Application Writing Workshops will be held at RAC on the following dates:
- Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Pre-Application Information:

GOS Grant Schedule:

- Grant Cycle: July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019
- Grant Seekers Information Workshop: Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM at RAC
- Grant Seekers Information Workshop: Tuesday, December 05, 2017, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM at RAC
- Pre-Application Available: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
- Pre-Application Deadline: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 11:59 PM
- Notification of GOS Eligibility via Email: Wednesday, December 20, 2017
- Full Application Available on the RAC Grants Website: Monday, February 05, 2018
- GOS Application Writing Workshop: Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM at RAC
- GOS Application Writing Workshop: Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM at RAC
- Advance Review Deadline: Friday, March 09, 2018
- Full Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 11:59 PM
- GOS Panel Meetings: Third week in May 2018
- Appeals Process: Appeals are due within two weeks following panel meeting
- Full Commission Vote on Awards: Thursday, June 14, 2018
- Announcement: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
- Grant Cycle Start: Sunday, July 01, 2018

Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online:

For questions, please contact James F. Anderson at or call (314) 863-5811.

6128 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63112

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Missouri: St. Louis County