Annual Art Grant

The Annual Art Grant is a $5,000 one-to-one funding match grant awarded each year by the Liberty Arts Commission. A "one-to-one" dollar match means that the applicant must cover at least half of the expenses for the project or program with their own resources, monetary and/or in-kind contributions.

Grant winners will be chosen based on the support of tourism to the City of Liberty, support of the goals of the Liberty Arts Commission, contribution to the cultural opportunities available to the public and enhancements to the quality of life in the City of Liberty. 


The 2020 grant applications are now open. Online applications are preferred. Apply online here » 

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

Program Timeline:

January: Application period opens
February 20 at noon: 
Deadline for applications
On or Before March 2: Two Annual Grant finalists notified
March 12: Finalists make proposal presentations to the Liberty Arts Commission followed by a Q&A (6 p.m. at Liberty City Hall)
March 13: Grant awarded
December 31: Deadline for program completion & final report due to the Liberty Arts Commission

Applications received after the deadline date will be ineligible. The Arts Commission reserves the right to extend the deadline date if deemed necessary.


  • Any individual with permanent residence in the greater Kansas City metro area is eligible to apply.
  • For profit or non-profit organizations located within the greater Kansas City Metro area are eligible to apply. Organizations must be chartered by the State of Missouri or Kansas, with federal and state tax-exempt status. Copies of the letters of determination from the Internal Revenue Service 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 a cultural art project that takes place within the Liberty, Missouri city limits. All marketing materials, printed, digital or broadcast, must include the Liberty Arts Commission logo and language stating the project was made possible in part by the Liberty Arts Commission.
  • Finalists for the $5,000 Annual Grant must present a three to five minute project presentation in-person before the Liberty Arts Commission on March 12 at 6 p.m. The presentation will be followed by a brief question and answer session.
  • The project must encourage tourism to the City of Liberty, support the goals of the Liberty Arts Commission and contribute to the cultural opportunities made available to the public, enhancing the quality of life in the City of Liberty.
  • All Liberty Arts Commission Annual Grants require at least one-to-one dollar match, meaning that the applicant must cover half (50%) of the total expenses for the project with their own resources, monetary and/or in-kind contributions.
  • Affirmative Action: Grants may be awarded only to organizations and individuals that certify they will comply with the City’s non-discrimination policy, a clause in the contract.
  • Accessibility: Applicants must demonstrate that facilities and projects will be accessible to people with disabilities.
  • Partnerships: The Liberty Arts Commission encourages organizers to consider partnerships to produce and promote the project. Favor will be given to applications that show cooperative efforts between entities resulting in more effective use of funds.
  • All event organizers are encouraged to patronize the 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.


  • Non arts related programs
  • Political organizations, candidates for political office and organizations whose primary purpose is to influence legislation
  • Building (brick and mortar) or capital campaigns
  • Overhead costs
  • Inventory / cost of goods sold
  • 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 an individual doctrine

Committee Evaluation Criteria:

The following are the weighted criteria used to evaluate Art Grant applications. 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
  • Demonstrates community support for the project (partnerships/collaborations, financial and in-kind contributions, volunteers, etc.)
  • Does the project support the mission of the Liberty Arts Commission?

Artistic Merit (1-30 points)

  • Quality artists selected to participate
  • Professional artistic leadership in place
  • 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 previous grant recipients, prior year grant compliance was complete, comprehensive, and timely)

Financial Accountability / Grant Compliance (1-20)

  • Realistic, itemized budget
  • Amount requested reasonable in relation to the scope of the project
  • Competent financial oversight/accurate accounting processes

Post Event Evaluation

The award winner must submit a typed evaluation within two months of the conclusion of the project. The Liberty Arts Commission reserves the right to require a final report presentation to the full Commission. The evaluation should include but not limited to; the final overall financial performance, a description of the artist’s activities, audience attendance, and any feedback received. Also rate the success of the project(s) based on the goals stated in the application, and list any adaptations or improvements that could be made in the future. Copies of all marketing materials must be included with the evaluation.