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Grants for Artists & Organizations

Grantmaking has always been the cornerstone of our work. Since 1985, our top priority has been supporting artists and arts organizations in our community – awarding more than 7,000 grants worth more than $100 million.

For the first time in nearly two years, the Regional Arts Commission (RAC) of St. Louis proudly announced more than $1.15 million in new grant funding for local artists and arts programming across the region in June 2022.  More than 90 arts programs and 85 individual artists will receive direct financial support in 2022.

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Artist Support Grants

RAC awarded 85 Artist Support Grants in June 2022. Please continue checking the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis website for information about the next cycle of Artist Support Grant funding. 

General Operating Support Grants

There will not be a General Operating Support application open in 2022. RAC will issue payments at 25% in December 2021 and at 50% in March and June 2022. We hope to share new GOS guidelines in early 2023.

Artist Fellowship Grants

We hope to bring back Artist Fellowship Grants back in 2023. Please continue to check your email, RAC website and social media for important announcements. 

Grant Application System

RAC implemented a new grants platform in 2022, where applicants find, complete, and submit their application. Our previous grantmaking system was retired by the provider in 2020. All applicants will need to create a new account in order to apply. For technical assistance questions when using the grantmaking system, please email Blackbaud.

We Are Committed to Grantmaking

For the arts and culture sector in St. Louis to grow and thrive, RAC must be more than just a funder of arts and culture — RAC must be a leader, an advocate, and a true partner with arts and culture organizations and individual artists, and a catalyst for change in the arts and culture sector.

Our core values embody our culture, spirit and dedication to living our mission. They keep us grounded and help us make good decisions about everything we do.

Transparency and Communication

RAC seeks to make our review process as transparent as possible. Grantees can learn about the process through our information guidebooks, grantee workshops and our website. Grant review meetings are also recorded and shared through our website. Grant reviewer names are kept confidential until the review meeting but are listed on our website once grants are announced. Only the names of applicants that receive grants are announced and posted on our website. Applicants not recommended for funding are notified.

RAC is committed to openness in government and as a quasi-governmental agency, abides by the Missouri Sunshine Law. Once applications are approved, they become public record. To obtain records of grant applications, please email grants@racstl.org, giving RAC two weeks’ notice.


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