Fun facts about Missouri arts by the numbers


The Missouri Arts Council provides funding for quality arts programming to eligible applicants that include (but are not limited to)  arts or arts education organizations, chambers of commerce, public libraries, government agencies, youth organizations, public school districts, private PK-12 schools, community arts organizations, social service organizations, colleges and universities, and religious organizations. Missouri Arts Council funds may be used for artist fees, artist travel expenses, marketing arts events, project-related educational materials, and more.

For detailed information on eligibility and fundable projects, consult Guide to Grants on the Grants Guidelines, Forms, and Sample Documents page. For personalized help with your questions about potential funding, ask one of our program specialists.

Annual Grants

For Annual Grants, applications are accepted and award amounts are determined once a year. We award Annual Grants in the categories of arts councils, arts education, established institutions, mid-sized arts organizations, minority arts, the Missouri Folk Arts Program, partnership, and our largest grant program, discipline. Discipline includes dance, electronic media arts, festivals, literature, multidiscipline, music, theater, and visual arts.

The  deadline for final submissions for FY2021 annual applications (projects occurring July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021) was February 24, 2020.

Express Grants

We are now accepting applications for Express Project and Express Touring programs for FY2021 (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021).

For Express Grants, applications are accepted and award amounts are determined on a rolling basis throughout the year. Applications for Express Grants are simpler than applications for Annual Grants. Express Grants are designed to encourage small and emerging arts organizations and organizations based in rural communities to seek financial assistance for arts activities. We award Express Grants in the categories of arts councils, arts education, organizations of color, the Missouri Touring Program, and other strategic projects.

The deadline is the first Monday of the month, two months in advance of the month in which the project occurs. For example, for a project 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 organizations to submit applications early and not wait until the monthly deadlines.

For application forms and guidelines, go to the Grants Guidelines, Forms, and Sample Documents page.

If you have questions after reading the FY21 Guide to Express Grants, the program-specific guidelines and instructions, and the application form, call or email your program specialist. We’re here to help:

Crediting Our Support

When your organization publicly recognizes Missouri Arts Council funding, you help us obtain the state and federal funds that support your organization.

Organizations that receive our funding must recognize our support wherever possible with the inclusion of our logo and this credit line: With public support from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. Communications methods where our logo and credit line should appear may include news releases, print publications, advertising, and online presences including your social media and website.

On Facebook, please tag us with @Missouri Arts Council. On Twitter, tag us with @MoArtsCouncil. On your website, in the credit line and/or on the logo, link to our website (

Verbal acknowledgement should be given whenever there are no printed or online materials and during any interviews with the media.

When federal funding is indicated on your grant agreement, your organization must also credit the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for support.

Missouri Arts Council logo

To download our logo in JPG, PNG, and Adobe Illustrator formats, see Guidelines and Downloads for Missouri Arts Council Logos.

National Endowment for the Arts logo and credit requirements

To check on the NEA’s credit requirements and download the NEA logo in JPG, PNG, and EPS formats, see the NEA’s website.

Grant Information Workshops

Our Grant Information Workshops habitually take place in the late fall. We held the workshops for FY2021 from October 22 to December 3, 2019. We hope to be able to hold the next series of workshops, focusing on grants for FY2022, in fall 2020. We will announce the dates on our website, via our emails, and in news releases.

We have been holding the workshops in Cape Girardeau, Columbia, Joplin, Kansas City, Hannibal, Rolla, St. Joseph, St. Louis, and Springfield.

For more information, contact Executive Director Michael Donovan, 314-340-4740, 866-407-4752 toll-free main line, or