Arts Council Grants and Funding
We believe that Arts Save Cities by creating vibrant, inclusive, diverse communities. We also believe that arts are vital to the future of our city, as their presence fosters civic pride and participation, stimulates the economy, attracts tourists, revitalizes neighborhoods, and addresses social problems. Each grant is meant to celebrate and further propel the art community, opportunities and presence within our city.
The Arts Council and City of Wichita Partnership
The City of Wichita partners with The Arts Council’s Cultural Funding Committee to ensure the most qualified recipients are awarded. The City of Wichita provides grant funding, while the Cultural Funding Committee manages the application and selection process. The Arts Council has also been designated as the entity that advises the Wichita City Council on all arts-related matters.
For over a decade, the City of Wichita has granted funding to local arts organizations to recognize, preserve and celebrate Wichita’s rich arts and cultural heritage – a heritage that has a tremendous impact on all residents’ quality of life. For 2021, the City has awarded 29 organizations and individual artists operational support that has totaled more than $2.8 million.
The City offers three different grant opportunities that are awarded through a competitive process:
Cultural Funding Grants provide operational support for qualifying 501(c) (3) non-profit arts and cultural organizations that significantly serve Wichita citizens and have documented history of providing high-quality programming to a large, diverse, audience of at least five years. They must also have documentation supporting their impact on the local economy, as well as growth and development of artistic excellence. The objective of this program is to support the annual operations of exemplary cultural organizations that develop and sustain Wichita’s overall quality of life and economic vitality.
Developing Arts Grants provide technical assistance for capacity building to arts and cultural organizations with annual operational budgets under $50,000 that create, present or produce year-round cultural activities and arts programs in Wichita at the grassroots level, including underserved neighborhoods, communities, or special populations. Support organizations are eligible to apply.
Artist Access Grants provide professional development support for individual artists. Funds may be used for attending advanced workshops, conferences, master classes or seminars, participating in artist residencies, engaging in activities that will propel a professional career, among many others. Grant awards range from $100 to $1,000, depending on need and program specifics.
In addition to the three annual grant opportunities, the City allocates funding to certain arts and cultural organizations which have operations and activities in a facility that is owned and/or operated by the City of Wichita. The organization’s audited annual revenues must be in excess of $50,000 for at least two preceding years. Cultural Institutions are funded by entering into a three-year Operational Partnership Agreements. For more information about The Cultural Institution (CI) Grants Program, please refer to pages 13-14 of the City of Wichita Cultural Plan Addendum.
Organizations which qualify as “Cultural Institutions” in 2021 include the following:
- Arts Council
- Mid-America All-Indian Center
- Wichita Art Museum
- Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum
- Kansas Aviation Museum
- Museum of World Treasures
Applications for the 2022 funding cycle can be found at www.wichita.gov/arts/pages/CFC.aspx.