2024 Arts + Culture Grant

What are the arts & Culture grants?

The Springfield Regional Arts Council’s Arts & Culture Grant Program aims to transform lives and enrich the community through arts by providing funding support, collaborative partnership opportunities, and program assistance for nonprofit arts and cultural organizations that are members of the SRAC. 

This year, there are two grant options available to support Springfield's Arts and Culture. The Program Support Grant offers up to $10,000 to nonprofit arts organizations for events, performances, classes, and collaborations. The Operating Support Grant provides $20,000 annually for three years to five Springfield arts groups, aiding with operational expenses like rent and marketing. Both grants prioritize advancing arts advocacy, education, collaboration, and tourism, ensuring high-quality cultural access for the community.


Arts & Culture Grant: Program Support

The Arts and Culture Program Support grantmaking initiative, facilitated by the Springfield Regional Arts Council (SRAC), endeavors to enhance the local community through artistic endeavors. Supported by a portion of the local hotel/motel tax, along with contributions from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and the Jeannette L. Musgrave Foundation, this program offers financial aid, partnership opportunities, and program assistance to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations within the SRAC's membership. With a total allocation of $115,000, this grant round supports a variety of arts-related activities such as events, performances, classes, exhibitions, and collaborative projects, with individual agencies eligible to apply for up to $10,000 in funding. While $25,000 is earmarked for Springfield agencies, the remaining $90,000 is available to the SRAC's 27-county region.

Applications to this grant program are due April 25, 2024 at 11:45 p.m. For more detailed information about the Program Support Grant, CLICK HERE.

Arts and Culture Operating Support Program Request for Proposals (2024-2026 Cycle)

The SRAC's Arts & Culture Grant Program, in collaboration with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, aims to enhance the community through the arts by offering financial aid, collaborative opportunities, and program support to SRAC member nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. Funding, derived from a portion of local hotel/motel taxes, supports operational needs of five Springfield arts organizations, providing $20,000 annually for three years. These funds, intended to supplement operational expenses, can be used for various purposes such as rent, marketing, facilities, and technical equipment. The grant prioritizes advancing arts advocacy, education, collaboration, and tourism, as well as supporting the professionalization of the sector while ensuring high-quality arts and culture access for the community. Requests cannot exceed 50% of an organization's annual budget, and the grant's impact should align with boosting travel and tourism to Springfield.

Full Proposals are due to the CFO by 11:45 p.m. April 25, 2024. The maximum page length for full proposals is up to 10 pages (including executive summary).  For more detailed information about the Operating Support Grant, CLICK HERE.




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frequently asked questions

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Our organization is just getting started and we don’t have our 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS yet. Are we eligible to apply?

No. Eligible organizations must be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, government entity, school district, or tax-exempt faith-based organization.

Do I need to be a member of the Springfield Regional Arts Council? 

Yes. Annual memberships range from $50 to $500 depending on the organization’s size. Give us a call! We can find the right membership for your organization and talk about the great benefits available to SRAC members.

Are fiscally sponsored organization eligible to apply?

No. Eligible organizations must be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, government entity, school district, or tax-exempt faith-based organization.

Our organization has received an Arts & Culture grant in the past. Are we eligible to apply again this year?  

Absolutely! As long as your project or need matches the outlined priorities and guidelines, send us an application.

Who is making the funding decisions? 

All eligible grants are reviewed by a committee made up of SRAC board members, experts from the arts and culture field, educators, and other qualified community members.

When will funds be awarded? 

Grants will be awarded during First Friday Art Walk, June 7 at The Creamery Arts Center. The celebration will kick-off at 5pm.

Who has received this grant in the past? 

A wide variety of organizations have been awarded funding in the past including film, festivals, visual arts, theatre, opera, vocal music ensembles, and many others.
Previous grantees:
AcompañARTE Cultural Center
•    American Indian Center of Springfield
•    American Indian Student Association
Arrow Art Supply
•    Boys & Girls Club
Boys Choir of Springfield
Branson Regional Arts Council
Carbon Trace Productions
•    Discovery Center of Springfield
•    Drury University
Eminence Area Arts Council
Friends of Abilities First
Gillioz Theatre
Heartland Opera Theatre
•    History Museum on the Square
•    KSMU
•    Lighthouse Children's Theater
•    Marshfield Public Schools
Mid-America Performing Arts Foundation
Men’s Chorus of the Ozarks
Mt. Vernon Community Betterment Council 
•    Mt. Vernon Community Theater
Moxie Cinema
Music Therapy of the Ozarks
Nature Education Arts Trails
•    Overlay
•    Ozarks Lyric Opera
•    Ozarks Public Television
Queen City Rock Camp
Queen City Voices
Sculpture Walk Springfield
•    Southern Missouri Arts Connection
Springfield Sister Cities Association
Springfield African-American Read-In
Springfield Art Museum
Springfield Ballet
Springfield Chamber Chorus
Springfield Contemporary Theatre
Springfield Dance Alliance
Springfield Little Theatre
Springfield Metro Chorus
Springfield R-12 Public School District
•    Springfield Sister Cities Association
•    Springfield Symphony Orchestra
Taneycomo Festival Orchestra
Timmons Hall
Unite of Southwest Missouri

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