Funding Resources and Other Opportunities

Teri Rogers Film Grants

ArtsKC offers three Teri Rogers Film Grants .

  • The first is a $10,000 grant for self-identifying women and gender nonconforming early-career directors creating new film, video, and digital production work in the short film, narrative genre (non documentary).
  • The second is a $10,000 grant for any gender for early-career directors creating new film, video, and digital production work in the short film, narrative genre (non documentary).

The purpose of these grants is to support ambitious projects of risk, growth, and change for the filmmaker that also make a positive impact on the community. This funding is meant to support the process of production (filming) or post-production

  • The third, The Teri Rogers Screenwriting Award, is a $1,000 grant for full feature or pilot television scripts. Scripts where Kansas City or the region is highlighted as a place and/or that prioritize diversity, equity and inclusion will be given special consideration.

ArtsKC will award one director with $10,000, a five-year membership to Film Independent, a subscription to Movie Maker Magazine, and mentorship opportunities with professionals in the field.

Inspiration Grants

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.

WIFKC Fiscal Sponsorship

Kansas City Women in Film & Media 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

Missouri Stories Scriptwriting Fellowship

The Missouri Stories Scriptwriting Fellowship is an international competition for screenplays and television pilot scripts with story lines set in Missouri. Three writers’ scripts will be chosen. Winners receive an all-expense-paid trip to the concentrated fellowship experience, held in Missouri. Submissions for each session open in the fall.

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.

Mid America Arts Alliance Artistic Innovations Grants

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.

Mid America Arts Alliance Artist INC Program

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.