Grants are investments in people, programs, and projects that make the arts more accessible, sustain a vibrant arts community, and recognize excellence, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the arts.
ArtsKC Inspiration Grants are an investment in human capital, providing direct support to individual artists and arts professionals for projects and activities that have the potential to advance their careers and build their capacity for future work. These projects exemplify risk, growth, and change. Visual, music, theatre, literary, dance and interdisciplinary projects are the primary focus of Inspiration Grants.
KCWIFT Finishing Fund
To apply for the Finishing Fund, the filmmaker must have completed 90% of principal photography and have a rough cut at the time of application. Please note that student projects are not eligible to receive Finishing Funds for their film.
You MUST be a member of a WIFTI chapter in good standing in order to be eligible. If you are not, you can join KCWIFT (for just $35 annually). If you are already a member of a chapter OTHER than KCWIFT, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a discounted application fee.
KCWIFT Fiscal Sponsorhip
KCWIFT wants you to make time for your art, not the paperwork necessary to fund it. With their fiscal sponsorship, you can solicit tax-deductible donations and apply for grants without going through process of launching a 501(c)(3). KCWIFT’s fiscal sponsorship program is open and accessible to all of their members, no matter their artistic discipline, and sponsorship is not contingent upon our judgment regarding projects’ artistic quality or merit of your work.
KCWIFT Short Screenplay Contest
KCWIFT has partnered with Kansas City FilmFest, to host this annual short screenwriting competition. The goals are to support female screenwriters, as well as to encourage all writers to create strong female protagonists. The contest winners will be eligible to receive prizes that support these goals.
The Missouri Stories Scriptwriting Fellowship is an international competition for screenplays and television pilot scripts with story lines set in Missouri. Submissions for our next session will open Nov. 1 – 15, 2019
Film Society KC Grants / The Robert Altman Emerging Filmmakers Fund
Every year the Altman Fund sends up to 4 qualified candidates through Kansas City’s Artist INC program, which seeks to give artists the tools to better fulfill their creative business goals. The Film Society pays for these classes in the form of education grants so the recipients can go for free. Additionally, the Film Society seeks to raise money through fundraisers and events to give cash grants to filmmakers in the KC and surrounding area so they can better realize their cinematic visions.
Artistic Innovations grants support the creation of innovative new work by artists working in MAAA’s region (Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas). With generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, M-AAA distributes grants of up to $15,000 to underwrite the direct expenses related to the art-making process and the public premiere of work. Designed to encourage experimentation and collaboration, Artistic Innovations grants are available to artists and nonprofits working in all disciplines. Priority is given to new work that can tour or be replicated.
Artist INC provides cutting-edge training seminars that address the specific daily business needs and challenges artists of all disciplines face. Limited to twenty-five participants per seminar, artists gather for one night a week for eight weeks to learn business skills specific to their art practice and apply those skills cooperatively with their peers.