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.

Annual Grants

Award amounts for these grants are determined annually. We award Annual Grants in the categories of arts education, arts services, community arts, established institutions, mid-sized arts organizations, minority arts, the Missouri Folk Arts Program, and our largest grant program, discipline. Discipline Program Assistance in dance, electronic media arts, festivals, literature, multidiscipline, music, theater, and visual arts.

Express Grants

Applications for these grants are simpler than applications for annual grants and are 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 arts education, community arts, minority arts, the Missouri Touring Program, and other strategic projects.

FY2018 Express Project | Application  | Guidelines
FY2018 Express Touring | Application | Guidelines
FY2018 Express Arts Education | Application | Guidelines

Apply for a Grant or Manage Your Current Grant

The Missouri Arts Council has a dedicated website for our Online Grant Application System for both annual grants and express grants (formerly “monthly”), where you can…

  • Submit your grant applications
  • Review grant applications after you have submitted them
  • Access helpful documents such as grant guidelines and tips for winning grants
  • Review sample grant applications

Annual Grants, FY2017

Annual grants for projects taking place from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 have been awarded. 

Annual Grants, FY2018

The first draft of applications for projects taking place from July 1, 2017 to June 20, 2018 was  due on January 30, 2017. The final application was due on February 27, 2017.

Express Grants

Applications for express grants are reviewed on a rolling basis. We accept Express applications in Arts Education including the Big Yellow School Bus grant, Strategic Projects including Minority Arts and Community Arts, and Touring (School and Community). The guidelines and applications for FY2017 monthly grants are on the Online Grant Application System website. You should apply no later than two months in advance of the month the project begins. For example, if the project occurs in October, the deadline is the first Monday of August.

Information About Previous Years

Online grant application system homepage

Grant Application Dates and Deadlines

Missouri Arts Council grants have either annual or rolling application deadlines.

Express Grant Applications

Applications for Express Grants (formerly called “monthly” grants) are accepted on a rolling basis. The deadline is the first Monday of the month, two months in advance of the month 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. Applications are accepted earlier. Draft applications may be reviewed by contacting the program specialist in advance of the deadline. Early applications are encouraged.

Annual Grant Applications

  • Draft due: last Monday in January
  • Final due: last Monday in February
  • Off-Year due: last Monday in February
  • Support Material due: last Monday in February
  • Award Letters sent: early July
  • Interim Reports due: 45 Days after award letter mailed
  • Signed contract due: 30 days from date mailed by Missouri Arts Council
  • Final Report due: 30 days after project ends

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.


To download our logo in JPG, PNG, and Adobe Illustrator formats, see Guidelines and Downloads.

Grant Information Workshops

Are you interested in receiving funding for your arts organization from the Missouri Arts Council? Every year, we have the workshop for you! You’ll learn how to navigate the Missouri Arts Council grant process by joining us in the fall  for the annual free Grant Information Workshops.

These free workshops are designed for new applicants or those who need basic help with the Missouri Arts Council grant process. The workshop topics focus on both Express and Annual grant programs. While arts education grants are not be specifically addressed, much of the general information applies.

Grant Information Workshops for FY2017 were held from October to December in 2016. The next series of workshops will be held in fall 2017. We habitually hold the workshops in Cape Girardeau, Columbia, Joplin, Kansas City, Hannibal, Rolla, St. Joseph, St. Louis, and Springfield.

What will I learn?

  • Who is eligible to apply
  • What the Missouri Arts Council funds
  • What grant programs are available
  • How to use the online application process
  • How the application and support materials address each criterion
  • How to upload support material

Who should attend?

Eligible organizations (Missouri-based, tax-exempt only) looking for funding for arts projects who are not familiar with the Missouri Arts Council application process, or who have previously applied and not received satisfactory panel scores. Those who have previously applied and are familiar with the process do not need to attend.

How do I find out about upcoming workshops?

  • Watch this page. We’ll post the complete schedule and links for registration.
  • Sign up for our email list. You’ll receive our monthly newsletter, Art Starts Here, and occasional other updates including the announcement of the workshop locations and dates.
  • For more information about the workshops, call or email program specialist Jill Tutt, 314-340-6857,