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Express Arts Education Grants

Grants to Missouri Schools and Nonprofits for Student
Arts Programs and Staff Professional Development

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Missouri Arts Council (MAC)

Deadline Date:

Ongoing - Due the first Monday of the month, two months in advance of the month in which the project occurs.


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Grants of up to $2,000 to Missouri schools and nonprofits for in-school artists residencies, out of school programs, and professional development projects for school staff and teaching artists. Funding is intended to support first-time applicants, applicants that missed the one-year deadline, one-time projects, and smaller projects.

Funding may be used to support the following programs:

Artist in Residence (AIR) - is designed to strengthen school fine arts curriculum (dance, drama, creative writing, music, and visual arts) or other curriculum (communication arts, social studies, math, or science). A residency must include direct, hands-on experience between the artist and target and exposure groups within the school environment. Residencies integrating fine arts content into non-arts curriculum should align studies in the fine arts with relevant themes taught in non-arts classrooms.

Out of School (OS) - supports quality arts education activities, such as art classes, for underserved PreK-12 students. These activities should take place outside of the normal classroom day, and could occur outside of the school building. Applicants must explain how participating students lack access to arts education due to geography, economic conditions, ethnic background or disability. Strong applications are designed to ensure student participation.As a policy MAC does not fund scholarships.

Professional Development (PD) - supports projects designed to strengthen fine arts and arts integration skills for fine arts specialists, classroom teachers, school administrators, and teaching artists. Adherence to the High-Quality Professional Development Standards, as defined by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, will be a funding consideration.

MAC funds may be used to pay artistic or speaker/facilitator fees, their travel expenses, marketing (when appropriate) and for project-related educational materials and supplies. If the applicant is a school district, part of the cash match can be any school administrator’s or teacher’s time spent working on the project. However, their time spent writing the grant will not be allowed.If an arts or community organization is the applicant, the grant request may include artistic fees of independent contractors who are not on the payroll of either the applicant organization or any collaborating organization.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159872

Estimated Size of Grant:

Express Arts Education grants will provide up to $2,000 or 50% of the project total, whichever is less.

Term of Contract:

For Projects Occurring July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All Missouri public school districts and nonprofit private schools are eligible to apply. In fact, all eligible nonprofit organizations, except for recipients of the MAC Established Institutions grant, may apply for Arts Education grants. Organizations may apply for this grant in addition to other MAC grants; however multiple MAC grants cannot be used to fund the same project. In addition, MAC Arts Councils (formerly Community Arts Program) grant recipients may apply on behalf of schools without affecting their own limited MAC grant opportunities.

To be eligible to apply for MAC funding, an organization must:
- Be tax-exempt 501c3 as determined by the Internal Revenue Service and incorporated in Missouri as a not-for-profit corporation. You must maintain not-for-profit status by filing annual or biennial registration report with the Secretary of State’s office. For more information, visit or contact Secretary of State’s Corporations Division at 573-751-4153.
- OR Be a unit of federal or local government, such as a school, university, library, or county agency.
- Conduct the proposed project in Missouri.

Individuals, for profit organizations (including B Corporations), nonexempt nonprofit organizations, and nonprofit organizations with foreign incorporation with the Secretary of State’s Office are not eligible to apply for MAC funding.

See the Intro to Grants pdf in Supporting Documents below for more detailed eligiblity information.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grant Information Workshops

You’ll learn how to navigate the Missouri Arts Council grant process by joining MAC in the fall for the annual free Grant Information Workshops.

These free workshops are designed for new applicants or those who need basic help with the Missouri Arts Council grant process. The workshop topics focus on both Annual and Express grant programs.

The next series of workshops will be held in fall 2017. The workshops are generally held in Cape Girardeau, Columbia, Joplin, Kansas City, Hannibal, Rolla, St. Joseph, St. Louis, and Springfield.

Every September, the complete schedule of the year’s workshops and links for registration is posted here:

For more information about the workshops, call or email Kathleen Morrissey, Assistant Director.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for a monthly grant is two months in advance of the month in which the project occurs. For example, if your project will occur in March, then your application must be submitted no later than the first Monday in January. If the first Monday falls on a holiday then the next business day is the deadline. To encourage advance planning, MAC accepts early applications.

Grants must be matched with at least one dollar for every dollar awarded. For example, a grant of
$2,000 requires a minimum of $2,000 in matching funds. If the applicant is a school district, part of the cash match can be any school administrator’s or teacher’s time spent working on the project. However, their time spent writing the grant will not be allowed. Please note that state funds cannot be matched with state funds. The matching funds should come from other cash revenue sources—earned, private, or federal or local government.

Your program specialist is available to review drafts (including the application, attachments, and optional support material). This review will provide feedback to assist you in preparing a competitive application. To have your draft reviewed, email the request to your program specialist at least two weeks before the deadline. Do NOT submit the application online. Once the application is reviewed, and you have made any revisions, you may save and submit the application.

All MAC applicants must have a D-U-N-S number.

If you have not already completed an online profile, you may do so at Create only one profile per organization.

MAC grants are paid as reimbursement after completion of the project. All expenses must be paid by the applicant prior to invoicing MAC for grant money.

Contact Information:

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

Online application:

Julie Hale, Arts Education Program Specialist
866-407-4752 (toll free)
800-735-2966 (TDD)

Kathleen Morrissey, Assistant Director

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Missouri