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Program Support Grants

Regional Arts Commission (RAC) of St. Louis


Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #149318

Grant Description

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Grants to Missouri nonprofit organizations and units of government in eligible regions for arts and cultural programs and events. Funding is intended for ongoing and one-time projects that expand participation and access to the arts for residents and visitors throughout the St. Louis region. Arts programs and projects must occur in St. Louis City and/or St. Louis County.

The Regional Arts Commission’s (RAC) Program Support grant category provides project-based support to arts and culture organizations and non-arts nonprofit organizations in the production and/or presentation of artistic activities.

Application Categories

  • Arts and Culture Programs: Performances, concerts, exhibitions, readings, publications, arts education, and similar programs
  • Cultural Festivals, Parades and Special Events: Events that enhance the economic vitality of St. Louis and increase the region’s visibility and desirability, i.e., as a destination for out-of-town visitors
  • Community Arts Programs: Programs using the arts as a tool for social change and/or civic engagement

In Program Support:

  • A project may consist of one or more specific events or activities; it may be part of or all of an applicant’s regular season or activities. Applicants that undertake a single short-term project in a year – a ten-day jazz festival, for example – could apply for the event, or they could identify certain components (such as the presentation of a key artist and the associated activities) as their project.
  • Applicants may apply for any or all phases of a project, from its planning through its execution.
  • Projects may be new and untested or ongoing with proven track records.
  • Projects may cover a broad range of singular or multiple artistic disciplines.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization: In “good status” as a nonprofit corporation in the State of Missouri and 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or be a unit of federal or local government such as a library, county, or municipal agency.

For information about fiscal sponsorship, see https://racstl.org/wp-content/uploads/Final-Copy-Program-Support-Information-Guide.pdf#page=5.

Program Support Grants are are not available for:
- Programs, projects, or events not accessible to the public.
- Grants to individuals, including artists (Individual artists with project ideas should apply to RAC’s Artist Support Program).
- Educational institutions, including schools, childcare centers, colleges, and universities are ineligible to apply. Organizations that are closely affiliated with such institutions are encouraged to contact RAC prior to applying to ensure eligibility.
- Projects for which the selection of artists or art works is based upon criteria other than artistic excellence and merit. - Examples include festivals, exhibitions, publications, or performances for which no jury/audition/curatorial discernment has been applied.
- Benefits, fundraisers, or awards programs.
- Programs that are part of a religious service.
- Political advocacy.
- Construction, purchase, or renovation of facilities. (Design fees, preparing space for an exhibit, installation or de-installation of art, and community planning are eligible.)
- Cash reserves or endowments.
- Deficit or debt reduction efforts.
- Tuition assistance.
- Costs of receptions and social activities, except when incidental and related to arts activities.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Application Writing Workshop* Wednesday, March 2
*The workshop will be virtual and the recording available on the RAC website.

Pre-Application Information:

The Program Support application will open on Monday, Feb. 28. The application deadline is Monday, March 21.

Grants will be announced in late May 2022. Each Program Support Grant recipient will receive a single direct deposit for the whole award amount by July 1, 2022.

Grant Schedule 2022-2023:
- Applications Available Monday, February 28
- Application Writing Workshop* Wednesday, March 2
- Application Deadline Monday, March 21
- Reviewers Receive Applications Week of Monday March 28
- Reviewer Ratings Due Friday, April 15
- Virtual Review Meetings Monday, April 25 - Friday, May 6
- Appeals Due Friday, May 13
- Virtual Appeal Meetings Monday, May 16 - Friday, May 20
- Commission Vote on Awards Mid-May
- Award Announcements By May 31
- Contracts Signed June 17
- Payment/Final Report Available July 1
- Grant Programming Begins July 1 - June 31, 2023
- Final Report Deadline August 15, 2023

Note: First-time applicants to RAC’s funding programs must first apply in Program Support and establish a three-year funding history within this category before gaining eligibility to apply for General Operating Support.

Program Support grant awards will not require matching funds in 2022, although RAC encourages diverse revenue streams for program support.

Grant Restrictions: https://racstl.org/grant-restrictions/

Program Support Grant Application Webinar Recording https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCUQNUmCoTM

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Organizations seeking Program Support grants are encouraged to apply at the funding tier that reflects the amount of funding needed for their program. See the page 6 of the Grants Information Guide in Supporting Documents below for more information.

A first-time applicant to RAC is eligible to apply only at the $3,000 and $5,000 grant tier regardless of the project budget.

Term of Contract:

Grant Activity Period: July 1, 2022- June 31, 2023

Contact Information:

Apply: https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_6248?SA=SNA&FID=35009

For technical assistance questions when using the grantmaking system, please email: MS_RACSTL_Grantmaking@blackbaud.com

Chloe Smith
Grants & Programs Manager
chloe@racstl.org

Ann Haubrich
Grants & Programs Senior Manager
ann@racstl.org

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