Grants & Fellowships

St. Louis Regional Arts Commission INVESTMENT IN ARTISTS Initiative Artists Support Grants Program

2014 RAC Artists Support Grants will reopen in August.  See Information about How to Apply and Guidelines for Artists Support eGrants below. 2014 RAC Artists Fellowships will reopen in May with a July deadline. See Information about How to Apply and Guidelines for Artists Fellowships below.

Note:  2013 & 2014 Artists Support Grants and Artists Fellowships awards can be seen in the “Media” section of this web site.

The Commission is providing funds to artists in two areas: year-long Artists Fellowships and short-term Artists Support Grants. These grant programs are essential steps toward developing direct, comprehensive and sustainable support for our region’s artists. RAC recognizes the critical importance – both culturally and economically – of retaining and attracting artists to St. Louis. The commitment to support individual artists of all disciplines is inherent in RAC’s vision and pledge to lead in efforts to transform St. Louis “into a more vibrant, creative and economically thriving community through elevating the vitality, value and visibility of the arts.”

The purpose of the Investment in Artists is to provide both opportunities and direct support that will enable diverse artists to advance their careers and to complete creative projects. It is designed to be flexible and accessible and to encourage creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and sustained commitment to artistic work.  This support will be a significant part of the platform for St. Louis to be recognized as a hub for arts and creativity.

Please note:  See below for timelines for Artists Support Grants and for Artists Fellowships.

Please click on the TABS below to find out more information about Grants or Fellowships or Additional Funding:

Guidelines

RAC ARTISTS SUPPORT GRANTSRAC ARTISTS FELLOWSHIPSAdditional Artist Funding

Mission and Scope:

To provide direct funds for individual artists’ projects, needs, and creative opportunities in all disciplines.  Direct support enables diverse artists of all disciplines to advance their careers and to complete creative projects. It is designed to be flexible and accessible and to encourage creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and sustained commitment to artistic work. This support is a significant part of the platform for St. Louis to be recognized as a hub for arts and creativity.

What are the Artists Support Grant Request Amounts?

From $500 to $3000

How can the funds be used?

These funds can be designated for (but not limited to) equipment and materials, rental space, arts-related travel, conference fees, project completion, salaries, professional and artistic development, training, and other resources for individual artists of all disciplines.

What is ineligible for funding? These funds cannot be designated for such things as personal vacation, full-time college tuition, or any items not related to an artist’s professional, artistic, or project development. 

How to Apply:

Artists can register for on-line applications and fill out the eGrant application below.(Please note: Even if you signed up to receive information or signed up to take the Survey, you will still need to register for the on-line applications. Once you do so, you will be in the eGrant system and need only register ONCE.) Please register or log-in below to access the Artists Support Grant application. The Application is only available when the Artists Support Grants are open for applying.

Artists Support Grant Applications

The Artists Support Grant Application is for projects or opportunities $500 – $3000.  [Please note that grants and awards are taxable income.] Note: These grants are for individual artists and 501c3 status or fiscal sponsorship is not required. If you wish to apply to RAC as an organization, please see our Program Grants section at www.art-stl.com

Artists Support Grant Applications Include:

  • Detailed description of the project, opportunity or need including desired outcomes, any materials needed, additional personnel, partnerships, any community benefits, how the funds will be used and any outside donated assistance for this project.
  • Timeline
  • Budget (Note: Matching funds are not required.)
  • Attachments such as artist’s Resume/CV, photos, etc. to underscore eligibility as an artist

Review Process for Artists Support Grants:

Requests are reviewed by staff and by the Commission’s Grants Committee. Please review Eligibility before applying.

Review Criteria for Artists Support Grants include:

  • Documentation of artistic accomplishment and/or commitment to deepening and expanding artistic work
  • Clarity of the application about how the grant funds will further artistic and career goals and/or benefit the community
  • Likelihood that the artist will benefit artistically and/or professionally
  • Time frame of project or immediacy of need

Reporting Requirements for Artists Support Grants: 

One page description at completion of the project or opportunity and a final budget with receipts. Funds must be spent within a designated time period – in most cases, within 12 months.

Who is Eligible? Check your eligibility before applying.

Who is Eligible for Artists Support Grants?

  • Artists living in St. Louis City or St. Louis County for at least one year with documentation*
  • Artists 19 years or older
  • Artists who have exhibited, performed, presented and/or published artistic work in a public context within the last three years
  • Artists not enrolled as full-time undergraduate students
  • Artists who have not received an Artists Support Grant within the past one year. (You may apply for both an Artist Support Grant and a Fellowship this year.)

Note: These grants are for individual artists and 501c3 status or fiscal sponsorship is not required. If you wish to apply to RAC as an organization, please see our Program Grants section at www.art-stl.com

*PLEASE NOTE: If your application is approved you will need to provide to the Regional Arts Commission before receiving your grant:

  1. Social Security Number
  2. Proof of residency. The following are acceptable forms for proof of residency:
    • Signed and dated tax form
    • Utility bills with your name on the bill
    • Personal Property tax receipt
    • Lease agreement signed by the applicant and landlord, with the landlord’s contact info
1st Round / Deadlines

April 29, 2013 – Applications open and on-line

May 31, 2013 – Applications Deadline

July 1, 2013 – Awards

2nd Round/ Deadlines

September 9, 2013 – Applications Open for 2nd 2013 round

October 15, 2013 – Deadline

December 6, 2013 – Awards

3rd Round/ Deadlines

January 28, 2014 – Artists Support Grants  open

March 5, 2014 – Applications Deadline

April 11, 2014 – Awards

4th Round/ Deadlines

August TBA 2014 – Applications open for 2nd 2014 round

September TBA 2014 – Applications Deadline

Fall TBA 2014 – Awards

Mission and Scope:

To foster and invest in the careers of St. Louis artists of all disciplines by providing funds to allow for more time and space to study, reflect, experiment, explore, practice, and create. The goal is to advance the individual artist’s creative journey. This annual Fellowship recognizes artistic excellence and honors the work of seasoned artists, advances the work of mid-career artists and nurtures the work of developing artists.

Ten St. Louis artists working in varied disciplines are chosen by an Advisory Committee panel of professionals, peers and Commissioners each year. These fellowships are investments in the careers of St. Louis artists as well as in the cultural vitality of the region. Artists make substantial contributions to our community’s vibrancy by boosting creative problem-solving, pushing boundaries, provoking thought, and animating our neighborhoods and cultural institutions. These Artists Fellowships are designed to call attention to the depth and quality of the art being created in St. Louis and to amplify the work of ten outstanding St. Louis artists in varied disciplines each year.

Guidelines for RAC Artists Fellowships

Please review ELIGIBILITY and CRITERIA for Fellowships BEFORE applying. Artists can register for on-line applications and fill out the eGrant application below.  Please register below to access the Artist Fellowship application. If you have previously registered in the eGrant system, please do NOT register again but log-in to complete a Fellowship application.

Apply for an Artists Fellowship Grant

What is an artist’s statement?

An artist’s statement is a written document that serves as a basic introduction of you as an artist, explaining why and how you make your art. It may also put your work in the greater context of your field or discipline including your influences. An artist’s statement may pertain to a particular body of work, or to your entire body of work.

Review Process:

Fellowship requests will be reviewed by staff and chosen by an advisory panel of professionals, peers and Commissioners each year. The Fellowship applications will be as anonymous as possible to the readers and to the Fellowship Advisory Committee. (This committee is made up of arts community volunteers and Commissioners.) The peer expert readers from each discipline will make recommendations to the Fellowship Advisory Committee. With these recommendations in mind, the committee then chooses the ten Fellows in an open meeting to be approved by the full Commission.

Fellowship Award:

$20,000 each  to ten St. Louis artists – to be distributed with 80% at the time of the award. The artists will make a mid-way “check-in” with RAC staff and will then receive the final 20%. Each artist will sign a contract agreement and be responsible for any taxes due. (Please note that all awards and grants to individual artists are taxable income.)

How funds may be used and Restrictions:

Artists are not required to spend funds for any specific project. The funds are to be used for eligible expenses that advance the Fellow’s artistic work and professional development. Funds may not be used for existing debt, full-time degree programs or as contributions to political and issue campaigns.

Reporting:

Throughout the Fellowship year, the artists may be asked to participate in public presentations regarding the Fellowship program and will provide content and documentation for the web site. Fellows will also be asked to meet periodically with RAC staff. These meetings and presentations are intended to expand the scope of the fellowship experience. At the end of the one-year period, each artist will provide a one page narrative of the artist’s creative achievements within that year and where that may lead. They may also be asked to participate in a public presentation.

Dates and timeline

2014 RAC Fellowship Timeline TBA – May opening date with a July deadline.

Artists can register for on-line applications and fill out the eGrant application below WHEN THE APPLICATION IS OPEN.  Please register below to access the Artist Fellowship application. If you have previously registered in the eGrant system, please do NOT register again but log-in to complete a Fellowship application. If you wish to apply to RAC as an organization, please see our Program Grants section at www.art-stl.com

Apply for an Artists Fellowship Grant


Who is Eligible? Check your eligibility before applying.

Who is Eligible? (Please note that eligibility for the Fellowships and the Artists Support Grants differ.)

  • Artists living in St. Louis City or St. Louis County for the past two years or more with documentation*
  • Artists at any stage of career development―emerging, mid-career, and established
  • Artists who have exhibited, performed, presented and/or published artistic work in a public context within the last three years
  • Artists who are not enrolled as full-time undergraduate or graduate students
  • Artists at least 25 years of age
  • Disciplines include:

Architecture & Design
Crafts & Traditional Arts
Dance
Literature
Media Arts
Music
Theater arts
Visual art

(Artists may only select and apply in one primary discipline.)

Note: These Fellowships are for individual artists and 501c3 status or fiscal sponsorship is not required to receive a Fellowship. If you wish to apply to RAC as an organization, please see our Program Grants section at www.art-stl.com

*If awarded a Fellowship, the artists will be required to provide  social security number and proof of residency. The following are acceptable forms for proof of residency:

    • Signed and dated tax form
    • Utility bills with your name on the bill
    • Personal Property tax receipt
    • Lease agreement signed by the applicant and landlord, with the landlord’s contact info


What are the Criteria and Application Process?

What are the Criteria and Application Process?

Artists must demonstrate through an on-line eGrant application the following:

  • Artistic excellence
  • How the fellowship will benefit the artist creatively and professionally
  • History of deriving income from those skills as a working or teaching artist
  • History of active engagement in creating artwork and presenting it to the public
  • Artistic education or training (formal or informal)

Attachments must include:

  • Detailed resume / CV
  • Visual, written or aural documentation depending on the discipline


Critical Mass Stimulus Project (St. Louis, MO) www.criticalmassart.org

  • Awarded to deserving St. Louis-area artists. Artists may use the funds to pursue special projects, experiment with new techniques, or deepen their understanding of their working processes.

St. Louis Contemporary Art Museum – Great Rivers Biennial www.camstl.org

  • The goal of this awards program is to identify talented artists working in the St. Louis area and provide them with financial assistance to create a broader visibility of their work.

St. Louisans for Organizing and Understanding Practice (SLOUP) www.stlsloup.com

  • Sloup: a monthly soup dinner in that supports projects, primarily artistic or communicative, that need a little funding and belief.

 

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