Creative Industry

Kentucky Arts Partnership Grant

What is it?

The Kentucky Arts Partnership Grant Program provides support for the general operating costs of Kentucky arts and cultural organizations whose primary mission is to provide Kentuckians with year-round arts programming. The amount funded is derived from a formula based on the organization’s operating revenues, the panelists’ assessment of the application and the funds available contingent on appropriation by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Who's eligible?

If this is your organization’s first time applying to the Kentucky Arts Partnership Grant Program, contact the program manager to determine your eligibility before beginning an application. Kentucky nonprofit organizations with current, IRS tax-exempt status and whose primary purpose is to provide year-round arts services and programs directly for the benefit of the public are eligible. Internal programs of academic institutions that serve, feature, produce or present professional artists may apply with restriction. Agencies supported primarily with state or federal funds are not eligible.

What's the deadline to apply?

March 1, 2022, 4 p.m. Eastern time.

How do I apply?

  1. Carefully review the program guidelines.
  2. Select work samples and supporting materials for submission.
  3. Complete the GO Smart application.
  4. Click the final submit button before the deadline.

If I receive a grant, what are my responsibilities?

  • Sign a grant agreement form (GAF).
  • Send a letter to each state legislator in your organization’s county. (Sample)
  • Acknowledge the Kentucky Arts Council in all public communications. (How?)
  • Notify the arts council in writing of any significant changes in the organization.
  • Submit an interim report mid grant cycle.
  • Submit a final report at the end of the fiscal year.

If I have questions, who can help me?

Sarah Schmitt
Arts Organization & Access Director
sarahm.schmitt@ky.gov
888-833-2787 (toll free)
502-782-1668