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.



Program Support

Awardee Discipline Amount Organization URL Year
The Sheldon Arts Foundation Music $3,500 http://www.thesheldon.org 2017
The Tesseract Theatre Company Theatre Arts $7,000 http://www.tesseracttheatre.org 2017
The Tower Grove Park Foundation Music $2,400 http://towergrovepark.org 2017
Town and Country Symphony Orchestra Music $8,000 http://www.tcsomo.org 2017
Union Communion Ministries (UCM) Music $9,000 http://www.ivoryperrypark.com 2017
University City Municipal Comm. on Arts & Letters Music $8,000 http://ucityartsandletters.org 2017
University City Music Company Music $2,400 2017
University City Symphony Orchestra Music $10,500 http://ucso.org 2017
Upstream Theater Theatre Arts $12,000 http://www.upstreamtheater.org 2017
Urban Artist Alliance for Child Development, Inc Literature $4,500 http://urbarts.org 2017
Urban League Vaughn Cultural Center Visual Arts $10,500 http://www.ulstl.org 2017
Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis Theatre Arts $12,000 http://www.varietystl.org 2017
Winter Opera Saint Louis Theatre Arts $12,000 http://www.winteroperastl.org/ 2017
World Chess Museum Inc. Music $3,500 http://www.worldchesshof.org 2017
Youth Arts & Technology Center Multi-Disciplinary Arts $9,000 http://www.yatcusa.org (new site under construction) 2017

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