Apply For Artist Support Grants

Artist Support Grants provide direct funds for an individual artist’s projects, needs, or creative opportunities in all artistic disciplines. Direct support enables diverse artists of all disciplines to advance their careers and 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.




  • 01/29/2018 03/15/2018

Amount Awarded

$500 - $3000


These grant 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.


Eligibility for Grant

  • Artists living in St. Louis City or St. Louis County for at least one year with documentation (see Review Criteria for examples of 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 Artist Support grant within the past year. (You may apply for both an Artist Support Grant and an Artist Fellowship this year.)

Please note that eligibility for the Artist Fellowships and the Artist Support Grants differ.

These grants are for individual artists. 501(c)3 status or fiscal sponsorship is not required. If you wish to apply to RAC as an organization, please see our Organization Grants.

Grant Restrictions

Awarded 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.


Grant Schedule

  • Spring Artist Support Grant Notifications: on or around May 23, 2018
  • Fall Artist Support Grant Application Open: Monday, August 6, 2018
  • Artist Support Grant HOW-TO-APPLY Workshop
    Monday August 13, 2018   5:30 – 7:00pm
    Location TBD
  • Artist Support Grant HOW-TO-APPLY Workshop
    Tuesday, August 28, 2018   5:30 – 7:00pm
    Location TBD
  • Artist Support Grant HOW-TO-APPLY Workshop
    Monday September 10, 2018   TBD
    Location TBD
  • Artist Support Grant Application DEADLINE: Thursday, September 20, 2018
  • Start Dates for Project, Opportunity or Need: Post- November 26, 2018
  • Applicant Notifications: on or around November 21, 2018


Grant Review Criteria

Artist Support Grant applications are reviewed and rated by RAC staff and volunteer community readers. Recommendations for funding are then made to the Commission’s Grants Committee.

Applications are reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Artistic Accomplishment
  • Clarity on How the Grant Funds Will Be Used
  • Commitment to Deepening and Expanding Artist Work
  • Artist Support Grant Funds Will Further Artistic and Career Goals
  • Immediacy of Need
    • Time frame of project or immediacy of need

Reporting Requirements

If you receive an Artist Support Grant, you will need to provide the following to RAC before receiving your Artist Support Grant funds:

  • Social security number
  • 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

At the completion of the project or opportunity, a one page description and a final budget with receipts is required. Funds must be spent within a designated time period – in most cases, within 12 months of being awarded and Artist Support Grant.


How to Apply for this Grant

Artists can register and fill out the grant application online. If you have previously applied for an Artist Support Grant, please note that there is a NEW online grant application website and you will need to create a new account. Please be sure you are using your most up-to-date email address, as this will serve as your account login and provide your most up-to-date contact information. If you have previously applied for an Artist Support Grant and would like to access your previous application, you may do so by following the instructions provided on the new grant application website.

Artist 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

How to Apply Workshops:

  • Monday August 13, 2018   5:30 – 7:00pm
    Location TBD
  • Tuesday, August 28, 2018   5:30 – 7:00pm
    Location TBD
  • Monday September 10, 2018   TBD
    Location TBD

Click here for instructions on our new Grants Application Website.