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Annual and Express Arts Education Grants

Grants to Missouri Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies
to Integrate Arts Programming into Education

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Missouri Arts Council (MAC)

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02/25/19 - For Annual grant applications; Express applications must be submitted by the first Monday of any month, at least two months in advance of the month in which the project occurs.


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Grants of up to $2,000 and grants of up to $10,000 to Maryland nonprofit organizations, schools, and agencies for quality arts programs that enhance education for students in grades K-12. Funding is also available for professional development projects to strengthen educators' fine arts and arts integration skills.

There are two types of grant requests:

- Express
- Annual

Missouri Arts Council (MAC) recognizes that students and educators can achieve more in their classrooms by engaging with professional teaching artists. The Artist in Residence and Out of School grants for PK-12 grade students, and the Professional Development grant for educators, are designed to strengthen this kind of learning. MAC works with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to ensure that all projects for children and youth support student achievement, and that all projects for educators fulfill High Quality Professional Development Standards.

Arts Education Grant has three categories:

- Artist in Residence (AIR) is designed to strengthen the PK-12 school’s fine arts curriculum (dance, drama, creative writing, media arts, music, and visual arts) and can also support other curriculum (such as communication arts, social studies, math, or science).
- Out of School (OS) supports quality arts education activities, such as art classes, for underserved PK-12 students. Activities could include as theater productions and art classes and be held inside or outside of the school building.
- 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. MAC funds may be used to pay fees for speaker, presenter, or facilitator fees, their travel expenses, marketing (when appropriate), and for project-related educational materials and supplies.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165625

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Express Arts Education grants will fund up to 50% of the project budget, the maximum award is $2,000.
- Annual Arts Education grants will fund up to 50% of the project budget, the maximum award is $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Programs must take place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Artist in Residence and Out of School grants are available to schools and other organizations for PK-12th grade students, and the Professional Development grant for educators, are designed to strengthen this kind of learning.

To be eligible to apply for Missouri Arts Council funding, an organization must:
- Conduct the proposed project in Missouri and be a unit of federal or local government, such as a library, university, county, or municipal agency.
In addition, applicants must:
- Be tax-exempt as determined by the Internal Revenue Service. (Organizations must maintain this
status with the annual filing of Form 990 with the IRS.) and,
- Be incorporated in Missouri as a not-for-profit corporation.
(Organizations must maintain the not-for-profit status with the annual or biennial registration report with the Corporations Division of the Missouri Secretary of State’s office.)

This may include organizations like the following:
- Arts or arts education organizations
- Community arts organizations
- Social service organizations
- Religious organization
- Youth organizations
- Government agencies
- City parks departments
- Public school districts
- Private PK-12 schools
- Colleges and universities
(see page 15 in General Guidelines below for additional eligibility and program requirements)

Missouri Arts Council does not fund scholarships.

Pre-Application Information:

During the course of the fiscal year (July-June) applications are accepted on two different granting schedules, Express and Annual. Register in the new grants online system to apply.

Express Deadline Schedule:
Express applications must be submitted by the first Monday of any month at least two months in advance of the month the project occurs. If the first Monday falls on a holiday, the deadline will be Tuesday. The earliest deadline is the first Monday in May. Draft applications must be submitted at least three weeks before the intended deadline. Funding notification is approximately 45 days after submission.

Annual Deadline Schedule:
Annual grant schedule has a rigid deadline schedule and longer turnaround.
- Draft Application Deadline (optional): Final Monday in January (January 28, 2019)
- Final Application Deadline: Final Monday in February (February 25, 2019)
- Panel Review and Meeting: April/May
- MAC Board Approval: Late June
- Funding Notification: After July 1

Draft Review: Your program specialist is available to review draft application and provide feedback to improve your proposal. Changes in response to feedback are not required. The final submission is the applicant’s responsibility. Email your program specialist a draft copy of the application, attachments, and support material by the published deadline.

Before Starting the Application: Contact your program specialist for arts education to discuss the project, to ensure that it is eligible for funding. Have the DUNS and FEIN numbers on hand before you start.

The Arts Education Application form accommodates all three categories: Artist in Residence, Out of School, or Professional Development project.

Missouri Arts Council grants must be matched on a one-to-one basis. The matching funds should come from cash revenue sources, such as earned, private, or federal or local government. MAC grant cannot be matched with state funding. Applications must demonstrate that the amount requested will be matched dollar for dollar. 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 application will not be allowed.

Payment of the Missouri Arts Council grant is always made on a reimbursement basis.

Guidelines and Forms:

Contact Information:

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

To register in the new grant system:

Julie Hale, Program Specialist

Missouri Arts Council
815 Olive St., Suite 16
St. Louis, MO 63101-1503

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