Mini Art Grant

Mini Art Grants will be awarded on an ongoing basis through the year for amounts up to $1,000 each. The program is funded through the Transient Guest Tax that is collected from local hotels, motels and bed & breakfast inns. A maximum of $5,000 will be awarded annually.


Applications must be submitted a minimum of 90 days before the proposed project or event takes place. Mini grant applications will be reviewed monthly at the Liberty Arts Commission meeting. Award decisions will be communicated within two weeks of each review session.

Online applications are preferred. Applications may also be submitted via email or in person. Please contact Jeanine Thill via email to get a hard copy application.


  • 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.
  • Liberty Arts Commission 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 the Liberty Arts Commission logo.
  • Liberty Arts Commission grants may be awarded only to organizations and individuals who certify they will comply with the City's non-discrimination policy, a clause in the contract. Organizations or individuals must not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, race, color, creed, gender, national origin or sexual orientation.
  • The program should encourage tourism to the City of Liberty and contribute to the cultural opportunities made available to the public, promote the mission 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 Liberty Arts Commission encourages all event organizers to consider partnerships to produce and promote the program. Favor will be given to applications that show cooperative efforts between entities resulting in more effective use of funds.
  • All project organizers are encouraged to patronize City of Liberty businesses for food, supplies, materials, printing, etc. Favor will be shown for use of local vendors.
  • Award recipients will sign a contract holding the City harmless from any and all liabilities and for any damages or losses to the project and committing to produce their project with activities including intended dates and venue for a public presentation.

 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 or capital campaigns
  • Staffing/administrative costs
  • 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.

Committee Evaluation Criteria

The following are the weighted criteria used to evaluate the Liberty Arts Commission Grant Applications. Each application will be scored out of 100 points and applicants should be aware that applications are reviewed on their merits and in competition with other applications.

Community Engagement/Tourism (1-30 points)

  • Well-conceived and articulated strategies for attracting tourists from outside the Liberty area
  • Demonstrated community support for the project (financial and in-kind contributions, volunteers, etc.)
  • Does the project contribute to Liberty's reputation as an area cultural center?
  • Does the project promote the mission of the Liberty Arts Commission?

Artistic Merit (1-30 points)

  • Quality art and artists involved
  • Does the project promote excellence and engagement in the arts and the humanities?

Management (1-20 points)

  • Effective administration (staff and/or volunteers) to oversee the project
  • Careful planning for successful project implementation
  • Advertising and promotion sufficient to support project goals
  • Evaluation tools and review processes in place
  • Grant application is comprehensive, clearly written and presented when due
  • For past participants: Prior year grant compliance was complete, comprehensive and timely

Financial Accountability/Grant Compliance (1-20 points)

  • Realistic, itemized budget
  • Is the amount requested reasonable in relation to the project?
  • Competent financial oversight/accurate accounting processes

Post-Project Evaluation

Each award winner must submit a typed evaluation within two months of the conclusion of the project, exhibit or event. That evaluation should include: the final overall financial performance, a description of the artist's activities, audience attendance and any feedback received. The evaluation should rate the success of the project based on the goals stated in the application narrative questionnaire and any adaptions or improvements that could be made in the future. Copies of all marketing materials that include the Liberty Arts Commission logo must be included with the evaluation.