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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
  • 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:

    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.

   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.
  • 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..


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.