Awarded Grants

Annually, the Regional Arts Commission (RAC) provides approximately $4.1 million in financial support for both non-profit organizations and individual artists in St. Louis City and County. RAC supports non-profit organizations and individual artists through four core grants programs: Program Support, General Operating Support (GOS), Artist Support and Artist Fellowships.

Thus far in 2019, RAC has awarded $4.2 million in financial support for Program Support, Artist Support, Artist Fellowships, and General Operating Support grants.

All organization grant requests are reviewed and discussed for evaluation and assessment in an open, public forum by Citizen Review Panelists. RAC implements a multi-step process that awards funding to arts and culture organizations and non-arts, nonprofit organizations that demonstrate strong organizational capacity, the greatest community benefit and advance the quality and diversity of arts programming in our region. The review criteria of artistic merit and quality of programs, community benefit, and organizational capacity provide a framework by which all RAC grant applications are evaluated.

Individual artist grant requests are read and reviewed by Discipline Readers and Citizen Review Panelists. All individual artist grants are reviewed based on a set of review criteria, specific to either Artist Fellowships or Artist Support grants.

Grant totals and recipients are listed below.

Program Support Grants

RAC awarded a total of $978,400 to 111 organizations in Program Support grants this year.

Program Support grants provide funding to nonprofit arts and culture organizations and non-arts, nonprofit organizations for programming that broadens participation and increases access to the arts.

Artist Support Grants

In 2019, RAC awarded 37 Artist Support grants, which fund career advancement for individual artists in all artistic disciplines, totaling $97,677.

Artist Support Grants are designed to encourage creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship, and sustained commitment to artistic work by providing funds for an artist’s projects, needs, and creative opportunities.

Artist Fellowships

RAC selected ten local artists to receive the Artist Fellowship and awarded a total of $200,000 in funding this year.

The Artist Fellowship recognizes artistic excellence and honors the work of seasoned artists, advance the work of mid-career artists, and nurture the work of developing artists.

General Operating Support Grants

Forty local nonprofit arts organizations received a combined $3 million from RAC in the form of GOS grants to support artistic activities that engage the diversity of residents in St. Louis.

To be eligible for a GOS grant, an organization must have been a previous recipient of RAC’s Program Support grants, be an arts and culture mission-based organization, employ at least one permanent full-time employee, and have an annual operating budget of at least $150,000.



Artist Fellowship

Awardee Discipline Amount Organization URL Year
Audrey Simes Dance $20,000 http://www.audreysimes.com/ 2019
Bill Morris Media Arts $20,000 https://vimeo.com/williammorris 2019
Cheeraz Gormom Literature $20,000 http://www.cheerazgormon.net 2019
Dan Rubright Music $20,000 http://www.danrubrightmusic.com 2019
Greg Carr Theatre Arts $20,000 http://folktaleartists.com/greg/ 2019
Harvey Lockhart Music $20,000 https://www.harveylockhart.com/ 2019
Jacqui Germain Literature $20,000 https://www.jacquigermain.com 2019
Margaret Keller Visual Arts $20,000 http://margaretkellerstudio.com 2019
Tim Portlock Visual Arts $20,000 http://www.timportlock.net/ 2019
Tom Brady Dance $20,000 https://www.satori3003.net 2019
Brett Williams Media Arts $20,000 http://www.brflux.com 2017
De Nichols Design $20,000 http://www.denichols.com 2017
Edward McPherson Literature $20,000 https://www.edwardmcpherson.net 2017
Ellie Balk Visual Arts $20,000 http://www.elliebalk.com 2017
Jacqueline Thompson Theatre Arts $20,000 http://www.jacquelinelthompson.com 2017
James Ibur Craft & Traditional Arts $20,000 http://www.jamesibur.com 2017
Justin Reed Literature $20,000 http://www.justinphillipreed.com 2017
Kahlil Irving Craft & Traditional Arts $20,000 2017
Kim Portnoy Music $20,000 2017
Lamar Harris Music $20,000 http://www.thelamarharris.com 2017

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