2023 arts + Culture Grants

Springfield Regional Arts Council Opens Annual Grant Applications

The Springfield Regional Arts Council is now accepting applications for the Arts & Culture grant program through Friday, March 31. Supported by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and the Jeannette L. Musgrave Foundation, this grantmaking program aids in organizational support, collaborative partnership opportunities and program assistance for nonprofit arts and culture organizations that are also members of the Springfield Regional Arts Council.


2023 Guidelines

  • The applicant must be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, government entity, school district, or tax-exempt faith-based organization with a primary mission in the arts.
  • This funding is targeted to organizations working in the arts in the SRAC’s 27-county service area. Organizations not primarily working in the arts are not eligible for this grant program.

2023 Funding Priorities

  • Applicants may apply for up to $10,000 in funding. Matching funds are not required. Funding priorities for the 2023 application cycle are:
  • Operating support including, but not limited to, rent, payroll, utilities, facility maintenance and technology.
  • Strategic planning, master planning and board development efforts.
  • Efforts to improve diversity, equity and inclusion of audience, arts offerings, board members, etc.
  • Project-based funding with an emphasis in collaborative projects.
  • Marketing efforts with the goal of increasing audience and/or community engagement and promoting regional tourism.
  • Outreach projects focused on youth (birth to 17 years) and/or senior citizens.

In awarding grants, the SRAC will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status. As part of the grant process, all grantees will be required to affirm that, in providing services funded in whole or in part by a CFO grant, the grantee will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status either in its employment practices or in its policies and procedures concerning access to services.

Contact Leslie Forrester, SRAC Executive Director, with questions about this grant program.

Applications to this grant program are due March 31, 2023 at 11:45 p.m. Click the link below and search using the keyword “arts” to find the Arts & Culture grant opportunity.




Past Recipients




frequently asked questions

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How much funding will be awarded this cycle?

$60,000 thanks to the generous support of donor-advised funds at the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, the Musgrave Foundation. 

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

Yes. Membership rates range from $50 to $500 depending on the organization’s size. 

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? 

Unfortunately, no, not yet. This is an annual grant program, so please apply once your IRS nonprofit status is finalized. 

My 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 outline guidelines, definitely send us an application to review. 

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? 

The grants will be distributed at Artsfest on Historic Walnut Street on Saturday, May 7. We haven’t set a time yet, but it will probably be in the afternoon. We will provide your organization with ticket vouchers to attend the award ceremony and the festival free of charge. 

Who has received this grant in the past?

A wide variety of organizations have been awarded funding in the past including film, visual arts, theatre, operate, vocal music ensembles, and many others. 

Previous grantees:
American Indian Student Association
Boys & Girls Club
Boys Choir of Springfield
Branson Regional Arts Council
Carbon Trace Productions
Drury University
Eminence Area Arts Council
Friends of Abilities First
Friends of Timmons Temple
Heartland Opera Theatre
Mid-America Performing Arts Foundation
Men’s Chorus of the Ozarks
Mt. Vernon Community Betterment Council
Moxie Cinema
Music Therapy of the Ozarks
Nature Education Arts Trails
Ozarks Lyric Opera
Queen City Rock Camp
Queen City Voices
Sculpture Walk Springfield
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 Symphony Orchestra
Taneycomo Festival Orchestra
Unite of Southwest Missouri

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