Mini Art Grant

Mini Art Grants will be awarded on an ongoing basis through the year for amounts ranging $500-$1,000 each, depending on the scope of the project, the number of grant proposals received and funding availability. 

The Liberty Arts Commission is not obligated to award any grants. Grants may be awarded if funds are available and if there is a qualified applicant. 

The program is funded through the Transient Guest Tax that is collected from local hotels, motels and bed & breakfast inns. The City of Liberty will provide reimbursement for approved projects. There is no cash match required. 

Submissions:

Applications must be submitted a minimum of 60 days before the proposed project or event takes place. Mini grant applications are accepted year round and will be reviewed monthly at the Liberty Arts Commission meeting (second Thursday of each month). Award decisions will be communicated within two weeks of each review session.

Online applications are preferred. Apply online here »

Applications may also be submitted via email or mailed to: Community Development Office, City of Liberty, Attn: Jeanine Thill, 101 E. Kansas St., Liberty, MO 64068.

Eligibility:

  • Individuals with permanent residence in the greater Kansas City metro area are eligible to apply.
  • For-profit and non-profit organizations with headquarters located within the greater Kansas City metro area are eligible to apply. Non-profit organizations must be chartered in the State of Missouri or the State of Kansas, with federal and state tax-exempt status. Copies of the letters of determination from the IRS and the State’s Department of Revenue recognizing the applicant organization as a non-profit corporation must be supplied with the application.
  • Grant funds must be used for cultural art projects that take place within the Liberty, Missouri city limits.
  • All marketing materials, printed, digital or broadcast must include language stating the project was made possible by the Liberty Arts Commission and the Arts Commission logo. 
  • The program should encourage tourism to the City of Liberty and contribute to the cultural opportunities made available to the public, promote the goals of the Liberty Arts Commission and enhance the quality of life in the City of Liberty.
  • All programs funded by the Liberty Arts Commission must be open to the general public.
  • Applicants must demonstrate that facilities and projects will be accessible to people with disabilities.
  • The Grant may only be awarded to applicants that certify that they will comply with the City of Liberty's non-discrimination policy, a clause in the contract.
  • After the project is complete, a summary of the project/event would be appreciated.

 Ineligible Organizations and Programs

  • Non-arts related programs.
  • Political organizations, candidates for political office and organizations who’s primary purpose is to influence legislation.
  • Building (brick and mortar) or capital campaigns.
  • Staffing/administrative costs.
  • Using the grant for inventory / costs of goods sold.
  • Individuals and organizations that have not fulfilled all previous grant administrative guidelines.
  • Fraternal organizations, churches or church-related groups with proposals that promote religion or individual doctrine.