Getting your project funded through the Arts and Education Council’s (A&E) stARTup-StL Crowdfunding platform is as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4!

1. Request an account. Tell us about your organization and your project idea. We recommend doing this at least 45 days prior to your ideal campaign start date. We’ll review it with the team for eligibility and get your account set up. If you’re eligible for matching funds, this is when we tell you that, too. (Already have an account? Log in here.)

2.  Fill in the details. Now that you’ve got an account, it’s time to fill in the blanks. Log into your account and click “start a campaign.” Then, give us all the details about what you are raising funds for and we’ll get the ball rolling. Once we have your campaign processed and ready to go live, we will contact you!

3. Tell others! The most successful crowdfunding campaigns are ones that raise 20% of their goal in the first three days. So, as soon as you have confirmation from us about your campaign start and end dates, activate those channels! E-mail family, friends and followers, spread the word on social media and shout it from the rooftops. In the first week of your campaign, A&E will share your project in our e-newsletter and in a social media post, but we expect you to be out there spreading the good word, too!

4. Collect your funds – and say thanks. Once the campaign ends, we send you the funds raised (minus a 3% credit card processing fee) and your donors’ contact information so you can acknowledge their gifts.

Have questions about your campaign? Email Andie Murphy