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Inspiration Grant

Grants to Kansas and Missouri Artists and Arts Professionals
in Greater Kansas City for Career-Advancing Projects

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Foundation / Corporation

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Deadline Date:

01/25/18 Midnight


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Grants ranging from $250 to $2,500 to Kansas and Missouri individual artists and arts professionals in the Kansas City metropolitan area for career-advancing projects. Preliminary applications are due December 15. These grants offer direct support to qualified individuals for projects and activities that have the potential to advance their careers and build their capacity for future work.

The highest priorities for funding are projects or activities with the potential to have a substantial impact on the career development and working capacity or efficiency of the artists involved. Applications for assistance with normal, “business as usual” expenses involved with the applicant’s customary art practice or professional activities are not a high priority for funding and are generally not funded.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176201

Estimated Size of Grant:

Inspiration Grants range from a minimum of $250 to a maximum of $2,500.

Most grant awards are for less than the maximum. The majority of Inspiration grants awarded range from $500 to $1,500.

Term of Contract:

The ArtsKC fiscal year is July 1, 2017 to June 1, 2018, although the project can extend before and after that period of time, as defined within the application form.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible, an applicant must be an adult resident of the Kansas City metropolitan area with an established record of professional achievement in the arts.

The Kansas City metropolitan area refers to Jackson, Clay, and Platte Counties in Missouri; and Johnson and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas.

Artists should be able to demonstrate a history of or the potential for deriving income from the sale, exhibition or presentation of their work or art practice.

Arts professionals should be currently employed either on a full or part-time basis in an arts-related position.

Pre-Application Information:

Depending on the amount of the request and the total size of the expense budget, matching funds may be required. Requests from individuals for $1,000 or less do not require any matching funds; however, having some matching funds can be considered a plus for a request even below $1,000.

Requests for more than $1,000 require matching funds for the amount of the request that is more than $1,000; that is, one dollar of additional revenue should match every dollar in excess of $1,000.

For example, a project with an expense budget of $2,000 is eligible for a grant request of $1,500 and should show $500 in matching revenue from other sources.

Personal funds can be used for matching revenue if necessary.

Applications for Inspiration Grants will be reviewed and approved twice over the course of the fiscal year, so there are opportunities to apply every six months.

If you have a question about the suitability of your idea for an Inspiration Grant, it’s best to ask the ArtsKC Grant Staff by email well in advance of the deadline.

The total amount of Inspiration Grant funding will be balanced among the two different deadline periods so that funding will be available for projects occurring throughout the year. If submitted several months in advance of the actual dates for a proposed project, an application may be deferred to the next award cycle at the discretion of the review committee.

Preliminary Applications may be submitted at any time but will be reviewed only at each deadline. Staff will notify the applicant if the Preliminary Application has been approved to proceed to the second step of the application process.

If approved to continue, the applicant submits a Full Application online with additional details and documentation about the request as directed by ArtsKC staff.

The dates for application deadlines and funding decisions for the 2017-2018 Inspiration Grants are as follows, all deadlines are midnight for the dates below:

Round 1:
-Preliminary Applications due by June 15, 2017
-Full Applications due July 20, 2017
-Funding decisions by August, 2017

Round 2:
-Preliminary Applications due by December 15th, 2017
-Full Applications due by January 25th, 2018
-Funding decisions by February, 2018

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Heather Beffa

106 Southwest Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64108

P: (816) 221-1777
F: (816) 221-8195

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Kansas: Johnson and Wyandotte Counties;   Missouri: Jackson, Clay, and Platte Counties