Artist Support Grants

The Regional Arts Commission’s (RAC) Artist Support Grant (ASG) supports the career advancement of individual artists. This grant provides direct funds for projects or creative opportunities in all artistic disciplines. The goal is to encourage creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship, and sustained commitment to artistic work.




  • 01/28/2020 03/12/2020

Amount Awarded

$500 - $3000


Grant funds can be used for a range of needs, including 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.


Eligibility for Grant

An individual artist is eligible to apply for an Artist Support Grant if they meet the following requirements:

  • The artist is 19 years or older.
  • The artist is not enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student.
  • The artist is a current resident of St. Louis City or County and has maintained their primary residence in St. Louis City or County for at least one year. (Documentation is required.)
  • In the past three years, has created and presented their own original works to the public or performed for the public. (Documentation is required.)
  • The artist has not received an Artist Support Grant in the past 16 months.
  • The artist has not received an Artist Fellowship in the past 18 months.
  • The artist is in good standing with RAC, with no delinquent reports or required grant documentation.

Artists may apply for both an Artist Support Grant and an Artist Fellowship simultaneously. If selected as an Artist Fellow, the applicant will no longer be eligible for an Artist Support Grant in the same cycle.

Note: 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.

For more information about the Artist Support Grant eligibility and restrictions, please see the Individual Artist Grants Guidelines (PDF).

Grant Restrictions

  • A proposed project cannot receive funding from multiple RAC grant opportunities. This includes:
    • Projects where an individual artist is partnering with, employed by, or contracted by a RAC organizational grant recipient, and
    • Individual artists collaborating on the same project and applying separately.
    • Multiple applications for the same project will render all applications ineligible to receive funding.
  • Grant funds cannot be designated for such things as:
    • Personal vacation
    • Full-time college tuition
    • Or any items not directly related to an artist’s personal, professional, artistic, or project development.
  • Grant funds may not pay for projects for which the main intent is:
    • Fundraising or charity,
    • The presentation of other artist’s works, including curation, archiving, journalism (where the applicant’s work is not the primary content,) or
    • A commission.
  • No part of the grant may be used for reimbursement of expenses prior to the applicant notification date.
  • Any funds not expended for the purposes of the grant as applied for must be returned to RAC.
  • No part of the grant may be used directly or indirectly to participate in or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office or to attempt to influence legislation or to support or promote, directly or indirectly terrorism or violent acts.
  • Organizations are ineligible to apply.


Grant Schedule

Artist Support Grant – Spring 2020 Schedule

For projects, needs, or creative opportunities that begin in June 2020 or later.


Application Available at grants.racstl.org: Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Application Writing Workshop*: Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 9:00–10:30 AM

Application Writing Workshop*: Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 5:30-7:00 PM

Application Deadline: Thursday, March 12, 2020, 1:59 PM

ASG Discipline Reading Begins: Thursday, March 26, 2020

Full Commission Votes on Awards: Thursday, May 14, 2020

ASG Notifications via email: Friday, May 15, 2020

ASG Award Meetings Begin: Thursday, May 27, 2020

Public Announcement: Mid-June 2020

ASG Final Report Due: July 1, 2021


* All Writing Workshops held at the Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63112.


Grant Review Criteria

Discipline Readers will evaluate the Artist Support Grant applications 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: Timeframe of project or immediacy of need

Review Process

Each Artist Support Grant application is read by two knowledgeable art practitioners and experts from the following groups:

  • RAC staff
  • Members of the St. Louis arts community
  • Members of the national arts community

Each application will be rated according to RAC’s review criteria. Once readers have rated all applications, RAC staff will select the top-rated applicants from each reader group based on the ratings and will recommend grantees to the Grants Committee until the funds are exhausted for each round. The Grants Committee will then recommend to the full Commission, who will approve the final grant awards.

For more information about the Artist Support Grant eligibility and restrictions, please see the Individual Artist Grants Guidelines (PDF).



How to Apply for this Grant

The Artist Support Grant (ASG) application process begins in January 2019 and ends in May 2019. This process has several steps. See RAC’s Individual Artist Grants Guide (PDF) for more information:

All interested and eligible artists must submit an application for the Artist Support Grant.

  • The application will be available through grants.racstl.org.
  • Application-writing workshops will be held.
  • Discipline Readers read and rate each proposal using RAC’s review criteria.
  • Staff reviews ratings and recommends the top applications in each discipline until funds are exhausted.
  • The Grants Committee, a subcommittee of RAC’s Board of Commissioners, makes final recommendations to the full Commission.
  • RAC’s Board of Commissioners votes on the recommendations made by the Grants Committee.
  • Notification will go out to all applicants after the full Commission meets and approves the grants.
  • Public announcement of grant awards will be made.

How to Apply Workshop(s)

For more information about the Artist Support Grant and how to use RAC’s grant application website, please see the Individual Artist Grants Guide (PDF).

For information shared in the workshops, please see the ASG Workshop Slide Deck (PDF).

If you have questions regarding the Artist Support Grant application, contact olivia@racstl.org.

*All Writing Workshops held at the Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63112.