The Artist in Residence Grant for schools supports projects involving multiple encounters between teaching artist and students. This program may focus on strengthening fine arts curriculum as well as enhancing other academic disciplines. Projects must adhere to the Missouri Learning Standards for Fine Arts or for English Language Arts, as applicable.
Who May Apply
PK-12 schools are eligible to apply for Artist in Residence Grants.
What and How Much We Fund
We offer two grant tracks: Express Grants and Annual Grants. The maximum Express Grant award is $3,500. The maximum Annual Grant award is $30,000. Grant funds may be used to pay people (professional teaching artist fees, substitute teacher costs, artist’s travel expenses) and to purchase project-related materials and supplies. Funds cannot pay for equipment, food, beverages, awards, or event tickets. Artist in Residence Grants must be matched dollar for dollar; teacher and administrator time can be used as a cash match.
When It Happens
For FY24, all project funds must be spent between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024.
How We Make Funding Decisions
A panel evaluates and scores each application for artistic quality, arts learning, and management capabilities. Annual Grant awards reflect the score as a percentage of the request. Express Grant applications that meet panel approval will be fully funded at requested amount.
Application Dates: Applications for Annual Artist in Residence Grants for schools take place once a year; applications for FY24 are due on February 27, 2023. Applications for Express Artist in Residence Grants for schools are on rolling deadlines. Apply by the first Monday of each month, two months in advance of the month in which the project incurs expenses. For example, for a project that incurs expenses in May, the application must be received no later than the first Monday in March. If the first Monday is a holiday, the deadline is on Tuesday. We encourage schools to submit applications early.
You will submit an application through Smart Simple, our online grant application program. You will give information in the following areas:
- Applicant Information (Name, ID numbers, Organization/school details, grant program)
- Project Information In narrative format, you will describe your project. What is the fine arts area to be studied? Who is the teaching artist? What will the project achieve? How does the project support your school/department/program goals? How does the project support learning in and with the arts? What learning standards will be focused on? How will you assess the students’ achievement through this project? How will you evaluate the project’s success?
- Target Group(s) Information about the student groups in the project. Who are they and why are they your focus?
- Artistic Quality Evidence of teaching artist and program excellence
- Arts Learning Goals Supported by learning standards; evaluation and assessment tools
- Administrative Ability Marketing, management, and finances
- Underserved Students For nonprofit organizations only, information regarding your target groups
- Budget Detail (program income and expenses)
- Attachments Teaching artist resume and letter of intent; support materials as needed; tax documents and board information
- Compliance Statement (Authorizing official) For public schools, the authorizing official is the superintendent; for private schools, the principal. This individual is the sole person who can sign the grant contract.