The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (CAIC) is focused on the creative industries sector of the Kansas economy. The Commission is dedicated to measuring, promoting, supporting and expanding the creative industries to grow the state's economy and create creative industry-related jobs.  

The CAIC offers two programs designed to strengthen an important sector of the Kansas economy and create jobs.

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

INTENT: To encourage the integration of visiting artists into a variety of community settings.


This program provides funding for eligible organizations to engage and deepen the impact of arts programming on local and underserved audiences through exposure to and interaction with professional visiting arts. Presenters may book artists in any discipline, not just in performing arts. Projects should strive to integrate an arts discipline into non-arts content areas; help interpret an exhibition, performance, or presentation; and support community development goals and objectives.


Eligible Projects must:

  • feature a visiting  artist from outside of the host community in at least one exhibition or performance that is open to the general public;
  • include at least ONE of the following complementary activities that builds greater appreciation for the featured artist or the art form:
    • An educational activity that features artist interaction with students
    • A community activity that features artist interaction with members of the community   
    Complementary activities can include, but are not limited to: lectures/demonstrations, master classes, workshops, and other creative approaches to engage the community in the work of the featured artist or art form. Innovative activities that feature interactions with segments of the community that may not otherwise engage in visiting artists activities are strongly encouraged.
  • involve relevant, strategic partnerships with organizations in the community and/or adjacent communities;
  • take place in an accessible facility;
  • engage underserved audiences who lack access to the arts due to geography, economic conditions, ethnic background, disability, or age.

Eligible projects may NOT include requests to fund:

  • an artist from the same community as the applicant;
  • a project that is not arts focused (e.g. conference keynote speeches, sidewalk sales, food festivals, fireworks displays, etc.);
  •  an artist appearing in a locally produced presentation, concert, or production;
  • activities at colleges and universities where students will receive academic credit for participation or attendance; and/or
  • activities that serve mostly students and faculty with minimal or no general public involvement.


  • $5,000 for non-roster artists
  • $6,000 for roster artists (depending on how the applicant applies the credit)

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.


Organizations in communities with populations of 15,000 or fewer:
In-kind non-monetary donations may be counted as 100% of the required match


Projects featuring artists from the Kansas Touring Roster are eligible for a $1,000 credit that can be applied either to the applicants match or to the grant request.

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

It is not necessary to apply if you are already on the current roster:

For complete guidelines:

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with induction panels conducted in the Fall and Spring.

Deadline for consideration is Sept. 27, 2017. The review panel will convene in October 2017. 

INTENT: To promote Kansas artists and ensure that every Kansas community has access to high quality arts programming.


The Kansas Creative Arts Industries maintains an approved Touring Roster of Kansas-based touring companies and artists. In this program, the artist or artist's management sets the fee and negotiates the booking. Applicants must have a history of touring and maintain a reasonable fee range. Roster artists are required to perform outside their community regularly. Touring artists offer single performances as well as optional services that may include workshops, master classes, lecture-demonstrations, arts education components, residencies, or short performances. The fact that an artist is approved to the roster does not imply or guarantee that the artist will receive bookings in the coming year. If you are an artist, becoming a Kansas Touring Performer helps you to be found by presenters.

APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY:   Kansas-based nonprofits, individuals, universities, and unincorporated/for-profit groups providing arts performances and experiences.

Applicants can come from any artistic discipline (including, but not limited to: music, theater, dance, visual arts, literary, comedy, graphic novels, film, podcasting, etc.) provided they can meet the criteria below. 


Applicants must:

  • Be experienced, high quality artists with a professional reputation
  • Provide public performances or exhibitions of their work
  • Provide educational activities with students
  • Provide complimentary activities with the community
  • Be willing to tour at least 2 Kansas communities outside of their home base.


The Community Service Program provides an opportunity for private non-profit organizations and public health care entities to improve their ability to undertake major capital campaigns for projects involving children and family services, non-governmental crime prevention, youth apprenticeship and youth technical training and health care. Under this program, the state authorizes specially selected non-profit organizations to offer tax credits to donors making contributions to the approved projects.

 The Director of the Business and Community Development Division of the Kansas Department of Commerce is responsible for the program. Due to the strong demand for these credits, organizations awarded credits may receive less than the full amount of credits requested.