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See General Policies for additional information 


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

INTENT:  To encourage and support peer-to-peer mentorship between established arts organizations and emerging arts organizations and collectives. 


This program provides funding to established arts organizations to provide mentorship and related services to emerging arts organizations, councils, and collectives. The goal of the program is to encourage professional and organizational development, establish peer networks, and reach underserved communities and non-traditional organizational structures. 


  • Established arts non-profits (501c3)
  • Arts divisions of local government


  • Emerging arts 501c3s
  • Emerging Arts Councils
  • Artist Collectives
  • Artist-run spaces


Eligible Projects must 

  • Demonstrate the creation of a meaningful partnership between an established arts organization and an emerging organization
  • Primarily benefit the partner organization
  • Result in an initial sustainability plan by the partner organization

Eligible expenses provided to mentees may include:

  • Staff time 
  • Venue/facility rental
  • General operating expenses 
  • Artist fees
  • Supplies and materials
  • Travel 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. 


MATCH REQUIREMENT: dollar for dollar (1:1)

The total project cost must be at least twice the amount of the grant request. 

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. 

 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.


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.