The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (CAIC) is focused on the creative industries sector of the Kansas economy. The Commission is dedicated to to promoting, supporting and expanding Kansas’ creative industries and enriching communities through arts and culture. 

KCAIC offers a range of programs and services to support cultural programming across Kansas and enhance the role the arts play in all levels of education, community service, workforce development and quality of life in our state.

Grants

The CAIC offers several programs designed to strengthen an important sector of the Kansas economy.

The Indigenous Arts Initiative (IAI) supports a rotating series of Indigenous art labs that provide Indigenous artists an opportunity to hone creative skills, expand professional networks and gain leadership experience through collaborative, mentor-based programming at the University of Kansas.


As a partnership between KCAIC, KU Film and Media Studies, the Spencer Museum of Art, and the Lied Center, the IAI offers a series of collaborative workshops, masterclasses, and public events in Lawrence, Kansas, that conclude with the annual KU Indigenous Cultures Festival. In addition to training and mentoring emerging artists, the goal of the Initiative is to enhance Indigenous leadership at the border of artistic and community practice, while strengthening ties between the State of Kansas and Indigenous communities. Each year, mid-career Visiting Artists are selected from a range of mediums, including visual art, film, and dance to instruct and mentor artists from across the region.


IAI Visiting Artists will present a three-to-four-day workshop in their respective mediums. At the end of the workshop period, each Visiting Artist will choose one or two proposed projects from among their participants, in consultation with the IAI Committee, to mentor the emerging artists as they complete their new work. Completed works will be showcased at an exhibition in 2023.


All artists welcome to apply, however approved Indigenous applicants will have priority.


February 10-13, 2023

Carlos Rivera, dancer, choreographer, teacher, director, and actor. He is a native of Mexico of Nahuatl and Mixteco descent, and now based in Toronto. 

Carlos will present a dance workshop titled Body + Spirit = A Land Connection based on traditional Indigenous dance concepts complement with stage and contemporary dance techniques. The participants will develop a deep relationship with the land, leading them to make strong ties with their bodies and the land where we stand, walk, dance, create and live on it.

Led by Carlos Rivera, an artist with experience as a performer, choreographer, and theatre director. He will share some of his experiences in creating a conscious relationship with the land and human bodies through a series of dance and movement exercises.

Registration for Carlos' workshop is due by February 1, 2023. 

October 6-9, 2022: 

Martha Redbone, vocalist/songwriter, Eastern Cherokee, Choctaw and African American descent "Write About It! Creativity in Songwriting, Rhythm and Spoken Word"

Registration for Martha Redbone's workshop is due by October 6, 2022

October 20-23, 2022 (Time TBA depending on participant schedules):

Reyna Hernandez is multi-disciplinary visual artist who works on collaborative community-based public art projects. Her work investigates identity hybridity in relation to her Indigenous Bloodlines and westernized education. She is Iháŋktuŋwaŋ Dakota (Yankton Sioux) and currently lives and works in Vermillion, SD.

Reyna will present a workshop titled:Visual Storytelling: Exploring Identity & Representation in Public Art Spaces.

Participants will be asked to draw from memory to explore the concepts of identity, place and belonging. Through processes of identifying and sharing personal and/or inter-generational stories concerning traditions, journeys, cultural memory etc… participants will be asked to define their own individual landscape to make connections to broader universal concepts using visual language, metaphor, and symbolism.

Registration for Reyna's workshops are due by October 14, 2022.


THIS IS FOR INNOVATIVE PARTNERSHIPS PROJECTS ONLY
Initial applications will be reviewed by KCAIC staff and projects will then be either given access to the full Innovative Partnerships application or directed to apply in a different category.
Full applications will be due Monday, March 13, 2022 for projects occurring between July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024.

INNOVATIVE PARTNERSHIPS
(See AIP General Policies for additional information on applicant eligibility, allowable expenses, etc.)

INTENT: To encourage the use of the arts to address a variety community development and social issues.
DESCRIPTION: This category supports innovative programming between arts organizations and non-arts organizations to impact a variety of community and/or economic development goals. Arts organizations are encouraged to partner with other community entities (hospitals, prisons, etc.) to develop arts-centered programs that address community needs such as public health, transportation, tourism, unemployment, aging, corrections, etc.

PROJECT CRITERIA: Eligible projects must 

  •  include a relevant, strategic partnership between at least one Kansas arts organization and at least one non-arts community entity.
  •  be a new program or significant expansion of an existing program
  • NOT include purchases of individual items worth $5,000 or higher.
  • NOT include or require construction expenses to install


Projects must address ONE of the following priority areas:

  • ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
    Projects that use art to diversify local economies, generate revenue, and attract visitors and investment. Projects should focus on job growth, unemployment, or cultural tourism.
  • HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
    Projects that use art to improve human health or functioning. Projects should focus on health related topics, serve specific populations, or occur in a health care or human service setting (hospital, clinic, senior activity center, women’s shelter, homeless shelter, etc).
  • PUBLIC SAFETY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE
    Projects that use art to prevent delinquency and recidivism in youth and adults. Projects should focus on at-risk youth or incarcerated populations (after school program, juvenile detention center, adult prison, alternative learning center).
  •  NATURAL RESOURCES & AGRICULTURE
    Projects that use art to understand and/or improve the ecological and agricultural environment. Project should focus on natural resources (energy, water, agriculture, ecological issues).
  •  COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
    Projects that use the arts to improve the quality of life and livability in the local community. Projects should focus on (transportation, revitalization of neighborhoods and cultural planning activities.

MAXIMUM REQUEST: $20,000
MATCH REQUIREMENT: dollar for dollar (1:1)

  • The total project cost must be at least twice the amount of the grant request.
  • The match requirement must consist of at least 50% cash expenses provided by the applicant. 
  • In-kind non-monetary donations may be counted up to 50% of the required match.

    NATIONAL HISTORIC PRESERVATION ACT/NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACT
    Projects involving public art must submit the location to the State Historic Preservation Office for review. This can be done via their online portal:  https://www.kshs.org/p/site-protection/14658

    PAYMENT OF FUNDS
    The award for these grant funds is on a cost reimbursement basis only. Grantee shall be compensated on a cost reimbursement basis only for actual, reasonable and necessary costs based upon the grant budget, not to exceed the maximum obligation established above. Upon progress toward completion of the project, Grantee shall submit invoices on terms acceptable to Commerce, with all of the necessary supporting documentation, prior to any reimbursement of allowable costs.  Commerce will distribute requested amounts equal to demonstrated matching funds.

    ACKNOWLEDGMENT
    Grantee shall acknowledge KCAIC and the NEA in a manner consistent with a donor or sponsor at the level of the total grant amount and in all materials related to the awarded activity. Acknowledgment of the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission  and the National Endowment for the Arts must be prominently displayed in all published material (printed programs, news releases, web news, email alerts, advertisements, flyers, etc.) and announcements regarding the particular activity or activities supported.
    The following language is recommended: “This [insert name of organization or project] was supported in part by the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.” Acknowledgment shall include display of the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission logo and the NEA logo on Grantee’s website or on printed material including brochures, press releases, etc. Logos will be provided to Grantee electronically.
    Grantees are also required to write a brief letter to their local state senator and representatives informing them of the award and their proposed grant activity.

    FINAL REPORT
    Grantees are required to submit expense receipts, evidence of required funding match, and a final report form within 30 days of the completion of your activities. You will also be asked to provide documentation of your activities such as photographs, sample curriculum, or media clippings. Furthermore, grantees are required to share results of program development with the field. The Final Report is available online via Submittable.

    Grant Related Documents including logos, final reports, and budget templates can be found here: Grant Related Documents

THIS IS FOR RE-IMAGINED SPACES PROJECTS ONLY
Initial applications will be reviewed by KCAIC staff starting in early February and projects will then be either given access to the full Re-Imagined Spaces application or directed to apply in a different category. Full applications will be due Monday, March 13, 2023 for projects occurring between July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024. 


RE-IMAGINED SPACES
(See General Policies for additional information on applicant eligibility, allowable expenses, etc.)

*Mural and permanent public art projects should apply with the Mural and Public Art Application.
INTENT: To temporarily activate vacant and underused spaces through the arts initiatives and projects.
DESCRIPTION: This program provides funding for communities to activate publicly accessible spaces for the purposes of artistic use and public programming. The program is designed to utilize artists, temporary creative interventions, and arts organizations to increase community vibrancy and provide space for artistic expression and public engagement.

PROJECT CRITERIA: Eligible projects may include:

  • Artist studios
  • Galleries / Exhibition space
  • Performance spaces
  • Installations
  • Pop-up cinemas
  • Outdoor Spaces

Projects must reimagine an existing space for a new arts-centered purpose, have a community engagement component, and be accessible to the public during a portion of the project length.  

Eligible expenses may include:

  • Some general operating expenses during the life of the project (venue rental, utilities, admin support for the space, etc.)
  • Artist fees
  • Supplies and materials

MAXIMUM REQUEST: $10,000  
MATCH REQUIREMENT: dollar for dollar (1:1) The total project cost must be at least twice the amount of the grant request. The match requirement must consist of at least 25% cash expenses provided by the applicant. In-kind non-monetary donations may be counted up to 75% of the required match.
BOTH CATEGORIES
MATCH EXCEPTION: Organizations or projects in communities with populations of 15,000 or fewer: 

  • In-kind non-monetary donations may be counted as 100% of the required match for the initial $7,500 of the grant request. 
  • Applicants must then provide 50% match in cash for exceeding grant amounts ($7,501-$20,000).   

UNALLOWABLE EXPENSES: Expenses may not include:

  • Food 
  • Receptions / Galas / fundraisers
  • Construction costs,  purchase or renovation of facilities 
  • Insurance and legal fees
  • purchases of individual items worth $5,000 or higher. 
  • Honorariums (artists and contractors must be paid as fees for services rendered.)
  • Please see guidelines and NEA website for additional federal cost principals and unallowable expenses.

NATIONAL HISTORIC PRESERVATION ACT/NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACT
Projects involving public art must submit the location to the State Historic Preservation Office for review. This can be done via their online portal:  https://www.kshs.org/p/site-protection/14658

PAYMENT OF FUNDS
The award for these grant funds is on a cost reimbursement basis only. Grantee shall be compensated on a cost reimbursement basis only for actual, reasonable and necessary costs based upon the grant budget, not to exceed the maximum obligation established above. Upon progress toward completion of the project, Grantee shall submit invoices on terms acceptable to Commerce, with all of the necessary supporting documentation, prior to any reimbursement of allowable costs.  Commerce will distribute requested amounts equal to demonstrated matching funds.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT
Grantee shall acknowledge KCAIC and the NEA in a manner consistent with a donor or sponsor at the level of the total grant amount and in all materials related to the awarded activity. Acknowledgment of the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission  and the National Endowment for the Arts must be prominently displayed in all published material (printed programs, news releases, web news, email alerts, advertisements, flyers, etc.) and announcements regarding the particular activity or activities supported.
The following language is recommended: “This [insert name of organization or project] was supported in part by the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.” Acknowledgment shall include display of the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission logo and the NEA logo on Grantee’s website or on printed material including brochures, press releases, etc. Logos will be provided to Grantee electronically.
Grantees are also required to write a brief letter to their local state senator and representatives informing them of the award and their proposed grant activity.

FINAL REPORT
Grantees are required to submit expense receipts, evidence of required funding match, and a final report form within 30 days of the completion of your activities. You will also be asked to provide documentation of your activities such as photographs, sample curriculum, or media clippings. Furthermore, grantees are required to share results of program development with the field. The Final Report is available online via Submittable.

Grant Related Documents including logos, final reports, and budget templates can be found here: Grant Related Documents

INTENT: To activate public spaces through permanent mural and public art installations. For temporary, experimental projects in public spaces please apply Re-Imagined Spaces grant. 


Funding via this application is for projects occurring between July 1, 2023 - December 31, 2024.

(See General Policies for additional information on applicant eligibility, allowable expenses, etc.)

You may also be interested in the Office of Rural Prosperity Rural Mural program. Applications for this program will be open from March 13 - May 1, 2023. Click here for more information.

DESCRIPTION: This program provides funding for communities to activate publicly accessible spaces for the purposes of artistic use and public programming. The program is designed to utilize artists, creative interventions, and arts organizations to increase community vibrancy and provide space for artistic expression and public engagement.

PROJECT CRITERIA: Eligible projects may include:

  • Permanent or Semi-permanent Installations
  • Mural / Public Art Projects

Projects must activate a space through art, have a community engagement component, and be accessible to the public during a portion of the project length.  Eligible expenses may include:

  • Some general operating expenses during the life of the project 
  • Artist fees
  • Supplies and materials



PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE for Mural and Public Art projects will be 18 months (July 1, 2023 - December 31, 2024). If there are project activities that fall outside of the period of performance, those may not be included in the grant portion of the project. 


MAXIMUM REQUEST: $10,000  
MATCH REQUIREMENT: dollar for dollar (1:1) The total project cost must be at least twice the amount of the grant request. The match requirement must consist of at least 25% cash expenses provided by the applicant. In-kind non-monetary donations may be counted up to 75% of the required match.

  • Applicants must provide 50% match in cash for the portion of an award exceeding $7500 ($7,501-$20,000).   

UNALLOWABLE EXPENSES: Expenses may not include:

  • Food 
  • Receptions / Galas / fundraisers
  • Construction costs,  purchase or renovation of facilities 
  • Insurance and legal fees
  • purchases of individual items worth $5,000 or higher. 
  • Honorariums (artists and contractors must be paid as fees for services rendered.)
  • Please see guidelines and NEA website for additional federal cost principals and unallowable expenses.

NATIONAL HISTORIC PRESERVATION ACT/NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACT
Projects involving public art must submit the location to the State Historic Preservation Office for review. This can be done via their online portal:  https://www.kshs.org/p/site-protection/14658

PAYMENT OF FUNDS
The award for these grant funds is on a cost reimbursement basis only. Grantee shall be compensated on a cost reimbursement basis only for actual, reasonable and necessary costs based upon the grant budget, not to exceed the maximum obligation established above. Upon progress toward completion of the project, Grantee shall submit invoices on terms acceptable to Commerce, with all of the necessary supporting documentation, prior to any reimbursement of allowable costs.  Commerce will distribute requested amounts equal to demonstrated matching funds.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT
Grantee shall acknowledge KCAIC and the NEA in a manner consistent with a donor or sponsor at the level of the total grant amount and in all materials related to the awarded activity. Acknowledgment of the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission  and the National Endowment for the Arts must be prominently displayed in all published material (printed programs, news releases, web news, email alerts, advertisements, flyers, etc.) and announcements regarding the particular activity or activities supported.
The following language is recommended: “This [insert name of organization or project] was supported in part by the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.” Acknowledgment shall include display of the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission logo and the NEA logo on Grantee’s website or on printed material including brochures, press releases, etc. Logos will be provided to Grantee electronically.
Grantees are also required to write a brief letter to their local state senator and representatives informing them of the award and their proposed grant activity.

FINAL REPORT
Grantees are required to submit expense receipts, evidence of required funding match, and a final report form within 30 days of the completion of your activities. You will also be asked to provide documentation of your activities such as photographs, sample curriculum, or media clippings. Furthermore, grantees are required to share results of program development with the field. The Final Report is available online via Submittable.

Grant Related Documents including logos, final reports, and budget templates can be found here: Grant Related Documents

INTENT:
The Strategic Investment Program recognizes the important role creative organizations play in building and sustaining cultural and economic vibrancy in Kansas. By funding a variety of professional and organizational development opportunities that impact cultural programming, these grants support initiatives that use the arts to enhance community vitality, revitalize neighborhoods, generate local business, create and preserve job opportunities and impact tourism. Applicants must make a compelling case as to why this particular self-identified activity or opportunity was selected, how it will have a substantial impact on their work and community, and how it will enhance the national reputation of Kansas. Strategic Investment Program grants are awarded in three categories (click the links for guidelines and details of each grant category):


Arts Integration Programs support the role the arts play in all levels of education, community service, and workforce development. This program provides funding for educational institutions, arts organizations, and community service non-profits to use the arts to increase student success, foster creative thinking, develop critical job skills, and enhance community development.
Arts Integration Programs are awarded in three categories (click the links for guidelines and details of each grant category):



PAYMENT OF FUNDS
The award for these grant funds is on a cost reimbursement basis only. Grantee shall be compensated on a cost reimbursement basis only for actual, reasonable and necessary costs based upon the grant budget, not to exceed the maximum obligation established above. Upon progress toward completion of the project, Grantee shall submit invoices on terms acceptable to Commerce, with all of the necessary supporting documentation, prior to any reimbursement of allowable costs.  Commerce will distribute requested amounts equal to demonstrated matching funds.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT
Grantee shall acknowledge KCAIC and the NEA in a manner consistent with a donor or sponsor at the level of the total grant amount and in all materials related to the awarded activity. Acknowledgment of the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts must be prominently displayed in all published material (printed programs, news releases, web news, email alerts, advertisements, flyers, etc.) and announcements regarding the particular activity or activities supported.
The following language is recommended: “This [insert name of organization or project] was supported in part by the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.” Acknowledgment shall include display of the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission logo and the NEA logo on Grantee’s website or on printed material including brochures, press releases, etc. Logos will be provided to Grantee electronically.
Grantees are also required to write a brief letter to their local state senator and representatives informing them of the award and their proposed grant activity.

FINAL REPORT
Grantees are required to submit expense receipts, evidence of required funding match, and a final report form within 30 days of the completion of your activities. You will also be asked to provide documentation of your activities such as photographs, sample curriculum, or media clippings. Furthermore, grantees are required to share results of program development with the field. The Final Report is available online via Submittable.

Grant Related Documents and Additional Resources including logos, final reports, and budget templates can be found here: Grant Related Documents

If you are completing this report for the Short-Term Operational Support (SOS) funds, this is not the correct form. Please go into your SOS application, click the Forms tab, and the customized report for those relief funds is there. Conact kcaic@ks.gov with questions. 

Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission