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Commerce Expands Funding Opportunities for Arts and Culture in Kansas

Jan 16, 2024

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TOPEKA — Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland today announced the launch of two new Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) grant programs, Arts Everywhere Grants and General Operating Support Grants, ushering in a new era of support for the arts in Kansas.

The enhanced grant programs reflect Commerce’s dedication to expanding funding opportunities for a more diverse range of organizations and projects throughout the state, all with the goal of leveraging the arts to grow the Kansas economy.

“The Kelly Administration is committed to fostering a dynamic cultural landscape in Kansas,” Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland said. “These initiatives signify a strategic evolution, expanding funding opportunities and ensuring the arts reach every corner of our state. By supporting diverse projects and nurturing the ongoing operations of cultural organizations, we aim to enrich the lives of Kansans and strengthen the state’s economy.”

Building on the success of the prior Arts Integration and Strategic Investment Programs, Arts Everywhere Grants will open up funding opportunities to a broader range of projects and organizations. This program will support projects that bring the arts directly to communities, ensuring cultural enrichment is accessible statewide. Arts Everywhere Grants are intended to fund individual arts- and culture-based projects.

Non-profit organizations and community groups are encouraged to apply for Arts Everywhere Grants and transform their unique creative visions into impactful experiences for Kansans.

The General Operating Support Grants program will provide financial assistance to Kansas public and private non-profit arts and cultural organizations. This initiative recognizes the vital role these organizations play in fostering creativity, preserving cultural heritage, and enhancing the economy and quality of life in our state.

Organizations with a demonstrated commitment to arts and culture are invited to apply for General Operating Support Grants to support ongoing operations and initiatives.

“We’re excited to expand arts funding opportunities to even more types of projects and organizations,” KCAIC Director Curtis Young said. “Our new programs maintain eligibility for projects covered under the previous programs, supporting the vibrant Kansas arts community and contributing to the economic vitality of our state.”

While the introduction of these two grants marks a new chapter, KCAIC reaffirms its continued support for the popular Public Art & Murals program and the Visiting Artists program. These programs remain largely unchanged, continuing to bring vibrant public art and enriching artistic experiences to communities statewide. Detailed guidelines and application instructions for the Arts Everywhere Program can be found here; for General Operating Support, click here. Applications for all programs will be accepted through February 23.


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