The Arts and Education Council offers a variety of grant opportunities to nonprofit organizations that have arts and arts education at its core to invest our donors contributions in the people, programs and organizations that promote what we call the elements of a vibrant community. The arts can foster innovation, inspire youth, build bridges between cultures, energize communities, forge connections and enrich lives. Explore each of the grant opportunities for nonprofit arts and arts education organizations below or our list of current grantees.
AmerenCares Equity in the Arts Philanthropic Grant Program
AmerenCares Equity in the Arts Philanthropic Grant Program is a partnership between Ameren Missouri and the Arts and Education Council. This special grant opportunity is designed for and limited in focus to historically underrepresented and underfunded nonprofit organizations that are racially, ethnically diverse at the decision-making level to help energize the path of all artistic voices and dreams for today and tomorrow. Applications are now open and close July 15.
Arts and Healing Initiative
The Arts and Healing Initiative, in partnership with Missouri Foundation for Health, aims to improve the quality of life for people throughout St. Louis City and County in its first year, and other Missouri counties in subsequent years. The overarching goal of the Arts and Healing Initiative is to increase the capacity to heal through the arts. More information about the next round of grants will be available in Summer 2022.
Arts and Education Fund for Teachers
The Arts and Education Fund for Teachers is a unique opportunity that provides critical funds to arts education programs serving schools in the St. Louis bi-state area. The Fund’s goal is to support classroom-based projects and artistic opportunities that engage students in the creative process. Stay tuned for more information later in 2022.
Bayer Fund Rural Community Arts Program
The Bayer Fund Rural Community Arts Program is a partnership initiative that strengthens rural communities through the arts. Funding from the program brings artists and entertainers into rural classrooms and performance venues so people of all ages living in counties surrounding the St. Louis metropolitan area have meaningful access to the arts. Applications, which are by invitation only, are now closed.
Operating Support Grants
Operating Support Grants provide ongoing, unrestricted support to arts organizations whose programming supports the Arts and Education Council's goal to drive community impact by promoting the elements of a vibrant community. The 2022 Operating Support Grant application process has concluded. We anticipate applications will open in Spring 2023.
PNC Program Grants
PNC Program Grants, underwritten by the PNC Foundation, provide merit-based grants to organizations in the St. Louis bi-state region providing arts and arts education programs that address community needs. PNC Program Grant applications closed on March 8, 2022.