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.


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.


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

Projects must address ONE of the following priority areas:

    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.
    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).
    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).
    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).
    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.



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 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).

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