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SOS Program Kansas Arts Operations Support

The Short-term Operational Support (SOS) program provides immediate one-time grants to arts non-profit organizations facing financial hardship due to unforeseen circumstances beyond their control as determined by State and Federal governments. Funds are intended to be used for staff retention and ongoing facility expenses in the creative arts sector in Kansas. In 2020, this program will be open due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding for this program is made possible from the National Endowment for the Arts through the 2020 federal CARES Act.

Who’s eligible?

Independent Non-profit 501(c)(3) arts organizations based in Kansas whose primary purpose is to produce, present, promote or serve the arts

*The following are not eligible for SOS Program funding: individuals, for-profit entities, organizations whose primary focus and programming is not specifically arts related, political and advocacy organizations, Government agencies and University/Community College departments & affiliates, organizations that receive direct CARES Act funding from NEA, M-AAA or Humanities Kansas.

What can grant dollars be used for?

  • Salary/payroll (full or partial) for positions critical to organization’s artistic mission
  • Fees for contract personnel that are required for the annual operations of the organization
  • Facilities operational costs such as utilities and rent

Funds can be applied toward expenses beginning June 1, 2020 (date of award notice) through Sept. 30, 2020.
*Limited extension may be granted on a case by case basis to resolve demonstrated conflicts with other relief timelines (e.g. PPP from the SBA)

What is the maximum allowable grant amount?

Grant amounts will be based on available funding and the size of the eligible applicant pool.
*The estimated maximum at this time is $5,000.

What’s the application and award process?

  • Applications should be submitted to the Kansas Department of Commerce from May 4-15.
  • Applications will be reviewed by committee of Commerce staff.
  • Grant recommendations will be presented to the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission board, who will make final determination based on available funding and size of qualified applicant pool.
  • Applicants will be notified of award decisions within one week of determination.

What documents will the application require?

  • Federal Tax ID
  • DUNS Number
  • Board Membership List
  • Staff List (if applicable)
  • Annual Operating Budget (from the most recently completed fiscal year)
  • Form 990 (most recently filed)
  • IRS Determination Letter
  • Certificate of Good Standing from the KS Secretary of State
  • W-9 (signed & dated)

Click here to review full program guidelines.

*SOS Program is made possible by the federal 2020 CARES Act through funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Contact Us

Peter Jasso Director, Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission Email (785) 296-2178 LinkedIn

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