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Grants to Organizations and Artists

Cultural Arts Grant Application

The annual Cultural Arts Grant program is administered by the Lee’s Summit Arts Council with the goal to enhance the vibrancy of Lee’s Summit by supporting activities that provide meaningful cultural experiences for residents and surrounding neighbors. The Lee’s Summit Arts Council awards funding to programs that actively increase resident participation, awareness and affinity for the arts and our unique cultural heritage. 

The information below pertains to activities that will take place between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.

Types of Grants Funded

General Operating Support (up to $2,500) - For requests to support the overall mission and ongoing operations of and organization. For example, an annual performance season.

Project Support (up to $2,500) - For requests in which funding is restricted to support a specific program, project, activity or event that is a component of an organization's ongoing operations. Requires the submission of a separate project budget in addition to the organization's operating budget and financials. For example, one specific performance or series out of an entire season, or a specific education or outreach program. 

Eligible Entities

For questions regarding eligibility, contact the cultural arts manager at or 816-969-1032.

In order to apply for a Cultural Arts Grant, applicants must:

  • Be a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization.
  • Hold primary office in Lee’s Summit. Or, if the primary office for the organization is located outside Lee's Summit, awarded grant funds must be used for activities that take place within city limits.
  • Have no past due final grant reports by the application deadline. 

Arts Council cannot fund the following activities:

  • More than 50 percent of an organization’s total operational budget for general operating requests.
  • More than 50 percent of project costs for project grant requests.
    • Example: Total project budget is $3,000. The maximum allowable request is $1,500.
  • Costs associated with food and beverage, social events, receptions or exhibit/gallery openings.
  • Fundraising events, benefits or raffles.
  • Prize, award or scholarship money given to an individual or group as part of a competition.
  • Capital, equipment or other fixed assets,or the maintenance, refurbishing or rehabilitation costs associated with any of these items.
  • Reduction or elimination of debt.
  • Booth space for festivals, fairs or networking events.
  • Activities that are not open to the public (i.e. “donors only” or “members only” events).

Grant Application Form

Application and Instructions

Timeline for the 2021 Grant Cycle. 

April 9, 2021    

Grant application deadline. Initial staff review for eligibility. 

April  2021

Applications reviewed by grant committee. Recommendations for funding presented to Arts Council. Arts Council votes to approve the funding recommendations. Please note that the Arts Council is approving the recommendation for funding. Final finding approval is contingent upon CIty Council appropriations for the Cultural Arts Division made in June, 2021. 

June 2020

City Council approves FY2022 City budget, which includes appropriations for the Cultural Arts grants.

July 2020

Award confirmation sent to grant recipients. 

July 15, 2021

2020 Final Grant Report deadline for funded activities that took place between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. Please note that grant funds will be withheld until your organization's Final Grant Report for the previous year has been received by the Arts Council.




Final Grant Report

Grantees are required to submit a Final Grant report for all completed projects prior to submitting a new application. 

Final Grant Report Form