2024 Arts + Culture Grant

THE ARTS & CULTURE PROGRAM SUPPORT GRANT

The Arts and Culture Program Support grantmaking program aims to transform lives and enrich the community through the arts by providing funding support, collaborative partnership opportunities, and program assistance for nonprofit arts and cultural organizations that are members of the SRAC. This grant program is supported by a portion of the local hotel/motel tax collection allocated to the Springfield Regional Arts Council, and additional funding is made possible by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and the Jeannette L. Musgrave Foundation.  

This grant program will provide programming support to organizations working primarily in the arts, including funding for events, performances, classes, readings, outreach activities, exhibitions, public art, collaborative partnership projects, and other programmatic strategies. 

The total amount available in this grant round is $115,000. Agencies may apply for up to $10,000 in funding. While $25,000 is designated for Springfield agencies, the remaining $90,000 is available to the SRAC's 27-county region.

GUidelines

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • 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. Fiscally sponsored organizations are not eligible. 
  • The agency must be a current member of the SRAC.
  • Organizations not primarily working in the arts are not eligible for this grant program. 
  • Matching funds are not required for this grant application, but they are encouraged. 
  • Requests cannot represent more than 50% of the organization's annual budget. 

Funding Priorities: 

  • Advancing arts advocacy, education, collaboration and tourism in Springfield. 
  • Improving 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 CFO, the Musgrave Foundation, and the Springfield Regional Arts Center will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, ability, 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 this grant program, the grantee will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status either in its employment practices or in its policies and procedures concerning access to services. 

Contact Ashley Fleming (afleming@cfozarks.org), Grant Program Officer at 417-864-6199 with questions about this grant program.

Applications to this grant program are due April 25, 2024 at 11:45 p.m. 

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How much funding will be awarded this cycle?

A total of $115,000 will be available this grant cycle to support programming. Arts & Culture grants are supported by a portion of the local hotel/motel tax collection allocated to the Springfield Regional Arts Council. Additional funding is made possible by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and the Jeannette L. Musgrave Foundation. 

How much can I ask for? 

The maximum request for the Program Support grant is $10,000.

What is the timeframe of this grant? 

Awards will be distributed the first Friday of June. Annual reporting on the grant’s impacts and successes will be due May 1, 2025.

Can I apply for both the Operating Support and Program Support grant? 

Yes, you can apply for both, but the organization will only be able to receive one grant, if awarded by the Grant Committee.

Are there geographical limitations to the grant award? 

Program Support project may take place in the SRAC’s 27-county region.

Why is tourism including in the arts and culture Grant priorities?

A large portion of the Arts & Culture grant program is funded through the increased allocation of the local hotel/motel tourism tax. Ensuring investments in arts and culture help attract more tourism to Springfield will grow the pool of funding for future spending on arts and culture projects and demonstrates the impact arts and culture has on the local economy. Have you seen the data the SRAC has collected about the local economic impact of the arts?

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