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 K-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 Intro to Grants and Guide to Grants on the Grants Guidelines, Forms, and Sample Documents page. Some grant programs have additional guidelines.

Annual Grants

Award amounts for these grants are determined annually. 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 Program Assistance includes dance, electronic media arts, festivals, literature, multidiscipline, music, theater, and visual arts.

The deadline has passed for FY2018 annual grants for projects occurring July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. We will accept applications for projects occurring in FY2019 (July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019) on these dates:

  • Draft due: last Monday in January (January 29, 2018)
  • Final due: last Monday in February (February 26, 2018)

Express Grants

The Express Project and Express Community Touring Grants are temporarily suspended as of September 27, 2017 because the budgeted funds have been expended. We anticipate that further funds may become available later in the year. These will be announced when available. If you do not receive Missouri Arts Council’s newsletter and email alerts, sign up for our email list.

If you have any questions regarding Express Project grants, contact Program Specialist Donald Rice at 314-340-6854 or For questions about Express Community Touring Grants, contact Program Specialist Jason Vasser at 314-340-6858 or

We are still accepting new applications for Express Arts Education, Express School Touring, and Big Yellow School Bus. If you have any questions about these programs, please contact Program Specialist Julie Hale at 314-340-6853 or

Applications for Express Grants are simpler than applications for annual grants and are customarily accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. 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, minority arts, 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. Draft applications may be reviewed by contacting the category’s program specialist in advance of the deadline.

Crediting Our Support

Projects that receive Missouri Arts Council funding must prominently recognize our contribution on all project-related news releases, brochures, flyers, banners, etc., using the Missouri Arts Council logo and this required credit line: “Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.” Verbal acknowledgement should be given whenever there are no printed materials and during any interviews with the media.

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

Organizations receiving Missouri Arts Council funding through arts education, minority arts, and established institutions must also credit the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for support. This is a new requirement for many grant recipients in arts education and minority arts. If you are uncertain, check your Grant Agreement (Page 2, Section 10) or consult your Missouri Arts Council program specialist.

NEA credit requirements and downloads for NEA logos at 300 dpi resolution in EPS, TIF, and JPG formats can be obtained on the NEA’s website.

Grant Information Workshops

Grant Information Workshops for FY2019 were held from November 2 to December 5, 2017. The next series of workshops will be held in fall 2018. We habitually hold the free workshops in Cape Girardeau, Columbia, Joplin, Kansas City, Hannibal, Rolla, St. Joseph, St. Louis, and Springfield.

FY2019 is from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. FY2019 is an on-year for these grant programs: Arts Education – Out of School and Residency, Arts Council – Operating, Visual Arts, Dance, Theater, Established Institutions, Mid-Sized Arts Organizations, Minority Arts, and Missouri Touring Performers. The deadline for applications for Annual grants for FY2019 is February 26, 2018.

Workshop topics

  • Who is eligible to apply
  • What the Missouri Arts Council funds
  • What grant programs are available
  • How to use the new online grant system
  • About the application and panel processes
  • How to prepare support materials
  • How to strategically address narrative questions

For more information, contact Assistant Director Kathleen Morrissey, 314-340-7539, 866-407-4752 toll-free main line,