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 inspire our kids, bridge cultural divides, energize communities, foster our economy and enrich lives. Explore each of the grant opportunities for nonprofit arts and arts education organizations below or our list of current grantees.
Art Education Fund
The Art Education Fund, established with a lead contribution by Wells Fargo Advisors, provides tuition scholarships and transportation subsidies intended to remove financial barriers that may prevent talented high school art students in underserved or low-income areas from expanding their creative training outside the traditional classroom setting.
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.
Creative Impact Fund
The Creative Impact Fund, with lead support from Bayer Fund, provides grants to arts and/or arts education institutions that demonstrate immediate need in support of new programs or projects which show promise for creative new directions. Applications are open year-round.
Maritz Arts and Education Fund for Teachers
The Maritz Arts and Education Fund for Teachers is a unique Arts and Education Council partnership 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.
Operating Support Grants
The Arts and Education Council's Operating Support Grant Program provides ongoing, unrestricted support to arts organizations whose programming supports the goal of the Arts and Education Council to drive community impact by promoting the Elements of a Vibrant Community.
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.