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 Intro to Grants and 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) is February 24, 2020.

Express Grants

We are currently accepting applications for Express Project and Express Touring programs for FY2020 (July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020).

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, 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. The next deadline to submit applications for FY2020 is Monday, July 1 for projects occurring in September.

We encourage organizations to submit applications early and not wait until the monthly deadlines. For example, for a project in October, the application deadline is August 1, but the application can be submitted before then.

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

If you have questions after reading the FY20 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:

Grant Information Workshops

Grant Information Workshops for FY2021 were held from October 22 to December 3, 2019. The next series of workshops, focusing on grants for FY2022, will be held in fall 2020. We habitually hold 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

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 ppi resolution in EPS, TIF, and JPG formats can be obtained on the NEA’s website.