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Small Arts Grant Fund

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The TIPS & EXAMPLE QUESTIONS for use in the 2017 online application also include a section about the purpose and priorities of the Fund.

Application available: July 5, 2017
Application due date: August 31, 2017
Board decision on grants: November 17, 2017
Grant award letter and payment: December 2017

To be eligible for a Small Arts Grant, an organization should be:

  • Located within the greater Kansas City area (60-mile radius), AND
  • A tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public charity with a federal Employer Identification Number (EIN), or partner with another organization that can serve as a fiscal sponsor, AND
  • An arts organization with annual revenues of less than $300,000 last fiscal year.

  • A non-arts organization – regardless of budget size or mission – with a community-based arts program that provides access to arts and culture opportunities in traditional and non-traditional sites throughout the greater Kansas City area.

NOTE: Organizations with three grants in a row cannot apply in the fourth year, but may reapply to the Small Arts Grants Fund in the fifth year or after.

Grants are not made to individuals, fraternal organizations or political parties for any purpose.

No invitation is ever needed to apply to the Small Arts Grant Fund.

If you have questions, please call Lyn Knox, Program Officer, at 816-531-0077.


Lifelong Learning / Arts & Culture

The Foundation will continue to consider grants on an invitation only basis for 2017 with a primary focus on those organizations that received a grant in 2016. Included in this category are Lifelong Learning investments and Arts & Culture investments to large and mid-size arts organizations with budgets greater than $300,000.

Link to Annual Program Budget Form

Link to Background Information Form Attachment

New! Early Education Grant Fund / Lifelong Learning

The Francis Family Foundation is one of 10 philanthropic organizations in Kansas City that have come together to establish a new grant fund for providers and supporters of early education. The Early Education Funders Collaborative will award grants up to $500,000 to eligible organizations and initiatives that serve children ages birth to five in the six-county metro area, either through direct services or support services for early care and education. The goal of the new fund is to increase quality and access for low-income families and children of color. More information and grant applications are available at Grow Your Giving. If you have any questions, please e-mail Denise St. Omer at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation - stomer@growyourgiving.org - or call 816-627-3417 about applying to the new Early Education Grant Fund.

Capital & Endowment Campaigns

The Foundation does not currently entertain new campaign requests; however, we would like to hear about any campaigns that serve the Kansas City metropolitan area. If your organization is considering a campaign in 2017, please complete the Campaign Summary form, describing the proposed campaign and how it relates to the Foundation's local grantmaking strategies. While the information provided will be reviewed, this is not a request to submit a proposal or an application. If further action is required, you will be notified by Foundation staff.

Link to Campaign Summary form

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