Arts grant programs totaling $215,000 now open through SRAC, CFO

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Two arts and culture grant programs are now open for application through the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. The programs will support member agencies of the Springfield Regional Arts Council in Springfield and across SRAC’s 27-county service area.

The SRAC Arts and Culture Operating Support program will use a request-for-prosal process to grant $20,000 a year for three years to five agencies. Funded through the City of Springfield’s hotel/motel tax, applicants must be Springfield-based members of SRAC. The grants will supplement the recipient’s operating budget with the goal of increasing travel and tourism in Springfield. If renewal criteria are met, this grant program will total $300,000 over the three years.

The Arts and Culture Program Support program, totaling $115,000, is open to SRAC member agencies across its 27-county service area in southwest Missouri. The program is supported by the CFO and the Musgrave Foundation, along with $25,000 in hotel/motel tax funds dedicated to Springfield-based agencies. Agencies may apply for up to $10,000 in programming support to advance advocacy, education, collaborative projects, access to the arts and related projects.

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To be eligible, agencies must be members of SRAC and a 501(c)3 nonprofit or a municipal, educational or faith-based organization with similar tax-exempt status with a primary mission in the arts.

Agencies can find more information at springfieldarts.org/grants and begin the application process at cfozarks.org/applyforgrants. The deadline for both programs is 11:45 p.m. on April 25.

Grants will be determined by SRAC’s arts and culture grant review committee. Recipients will be announced in early June.

About SRAC: The Springfield Regional Arts Council, incorporated in 1978, serves as the connecting point for our community to the arts. Through advocacy, education, and collaboration, it supports some of the most prominent arts organizations, events, and artists within the 27 surrounding counties, the largest outreach of any in the state of Missouri. The SRAC makes the arts a vital part of the community, which is a place where the arts are essential. To learn more, visit www.springfieldarts.org.

About the CFO: The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is the region’s largest public charitable foundation serving donors, nonprofit partners and 54 regional affiliate foundations with assets totaling $427 million as of June 30, 2023. The CFO’s mission is to improve the quality of life for everyone in central and southern Missouri through resource development, community grantmaking, collaboration and public leadership.

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