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ArtsKC Fund Inspiration Grant

Grants to Kansas and Missouri Individual
Artists for Projects to Advance Their Careers

GrantWatch ID#: 176201
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01/26/17 11:59 PM

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Grants ranging from $250 to $2,500 to Kansas and Missouri individual artists and arts professionals in the Greater Kansas City area for career-advancing projects. LOIs are due by December 15. Priority will be given to activities with a high potential to develop the career, working capacity or efficiency of the artists involved.

The Funding Source's service area encompasses Clay, Platte and Jackson Counties in Missouri, and Johnson and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas.

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.

Applications should be for activities occurring between the dates of June 15, 2016 and July 1, 2017, although the project can extend before and after that period of time.

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.

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.

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.

Applying for an Inspiration Grant is a two step process:

1) Submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) online using the ArtsKC Grant System. Letters of Inquiry may be submitted at any time but will be reviewed only at each deadline. You can preview a sample of the online application form for the Inspiration LOI here: Inspiration LOI Preview Sample for 2016-17

2) A response to the LOI will notify the applicant if the request has been approved to proceed to the second step of the application process.

3) If approved to continue, the applicant submits a full proposal with additional details and documentation about the request as directed by ArtsKC staff. Full proposals are considered by the review committee, and the recommendations of the review committee are subject to final approval by the Arts Council Board of Directors.

-Letters of Inquiry received by December 15, 2016
-Full proposals due by January 26, 2017
-Funding decisions by February 22, 2017

All deadlines are at midnight.

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.

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

Submit an LOI online here:

Dana M. Knapp, Grants Director

106 Southwest Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64108

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

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

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