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Grants to Missouri Nonprofits, Agencies,
Schools, IHEs, and Libraries for Arts Projects

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Grants of up to $2,000 to Missouri nonprofit organizations and governmental units including municipalities, school districts, schools, IHEs, and libraries to support art activities. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to performances, festivals, exhibitions, publications, and media arts projects. Grant funds may be used for expenses including marketing, travel, and artist fees.

Express Project Grants support art projects in most artistic disciplines. An eligible project may include the following:

  • Performance of dance, music, opera, and/or theater (single performance or series)
  • Arts festival or arts component at a festival or county fair
  • Exhibition or exhibition series
  • Literary journal publication
  • Film festival, film series, or production of a media arts project

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GrantWatch ID#: 159651

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request up to 50% of total project expenses. $2,000 maximum. The award amount is generally smaller than the request amount.

Term of Contract:

This grant is for projects occurring July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to apply for Missouri Arts Council funding, an organization must:
- Be a unit of federal or local government, such as a school district, university, county, municipal agency, or library


- Be tax-exempt as determined by the Internal Revenue Service and be incorporated in Missouri as a “domestic” not-for-profit corporation.

This may include organizations like the following:
- Arts or arts education organizations
- Community arts organizations
- Social service organizations
- Religious organizations
- Youth organizations
- Government agencies
- City parks departments
- Public school districts
- Private PK-12 schools
- Colleges and universities (for additional eligibility and requirements, see

The following entities are not eligible to apply for Missouri Arts Council funding.
- Individuals.
- 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.
- 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.

Missouri Arts Council does not fund projects using fiscal agents.

For Ineligible Expenses, see

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are accepted on a rolling deadline, by the first Monday of the month which is at least two months before the project event date (or project incurs expenses, whichever occurs first). If the first Monday falls on a holiday, the deadline will be Tuesday.

November 2, 2020, December 7, 2020, January 4, 2021, February 1, 2021, March 1, 2021, April 5, 2021

All Missouri Arts Council applicants must have a DUNS number.

Payment of the Missouri Arts Council grant is always made on a reimbursement basis. Organizations must have sufficient cash reserves or incoming revenue to pay for all of the expenses upfront and then wait for payment from MAC. Also, all grant recipients must be signed up to receive Electronic Fund Transfer as well as registered as a state vendor with current address and banking information.

Match Requirement
Missouri Arts Council grants must be matched on a one-to-one basis. The matching funds must come from cash revenue sources—earned (ticket sales), private, or federal or local government, etc. Please note that state funding cannot be used to match MAC grant.

New applicants should contact the appropriate program specialist to ensure that their project is eligible for Missouri Arts Council funding and determine the suitable grant program.

A detailed FY2021 Express Grant Deadline Schedule can be found at

Contact Information:

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

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If you have any questions about Express Grants, contact the program specialist:
Donald Rice, 314-340-6854,

Missouri Arts Council
815 Olive St., Ste. 16
St. Louis, MO 63101
800-735-2966 TDD
314-340-7215 fax

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