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


  • Application Deadline: May 1, 2020
  • Grant Period: June 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021

INTENT:   To temporarily activate vacant and underused spaces through the arts 


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


  • Units of local government
  • Non-profit organizations (501c3 only)
  • Federally recognized tribes


Eligible projects may include:

  • Artist studios
  • Galleries / Exhibition space
  • Performance space
  • 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

Project expenses may not include:

  • Food
  • Receptions / Galas / fundraisers
  • construction costs, permanent improvements to a facility, or improvements that increase the value of the property.
  • 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.


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.

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

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

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. 

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.


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

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.