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Rocket Grants are a funding opportunity for artists who live within an 80-mile radius of downtown Kansas City.

Amber Hansen's controversial 2011-12 project "The Story of Chicken's: A Revolution" was included in the 2012 "Best Food Art" awards by the Art21 blog

Amber Hansen’s Lawrence-based, controversial 2011 project “The Story of Chicken’s: A Revolution” was included in the 2012 “Gastrovisions: Best Food Art” awards by the Art21 blog

Rocket Grants specifically  encourage work that is inventive and “under the radar”, and that engages or benefits an audience OUTSIDE OF established arts venues, museums, theaters, art galleries or arts districts.

The long-term goals of the program are to:

• encourage emerging and non-traditional art practices in the Kansas City region &

• contribute to a thriving artists’ community

2011 Recipients PLUG Projects funded a year's worth of exciting programming at their new artist-run space in the Kansas City bottoms

2011 Recipients PLUG Projects funded a year’s worth of exciting programming at their new artist-run space in the Kansas City bottoms

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Awarded projects are therefore evaluated not only on the artistic merits of the proposed projects, but also on their capacity to stimulate further growth.

Proposals should contribute to a diverse and supportive art ecology characterized by unconventional and expansive forms of interaction, exchange, provocation, and surprise.

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Photo Credit: Brooke Vandever

2010 recipients Jane Gotch and Mark Southerland collaborated with a large group of musicians, dancers, performers and visual artists to produce an electric series of performances in the abandoned offices of a downtown high rise. Photo Credit: Brooke Vandever

Rocket Grants enable artists to take new risks with their work, push the scope and scale of their activities, develop and pursue collaborative projects, and/or engage with the public and public realm in inventive and meaningful ways.

Both individual artists and groups of artists can apply for project-based Rocket Grants of up to $6,000. Non-profit organizations are not eligible for this program.

Materials for the 2014-2015 round of funding (application deadline March 24,  2014) are now available at the links below. Application materials and forms from previous years may be used as a general guide for future rounds, but please be sure to download the current materials for each year.

ALL Rocket Grants applications MUST be made online via http://www.callforentry.com

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2010 recipient A. Bitterman created a National Parks style exhibit in his Brookside front yard

2010 recipient A. Bitterman created a National Parks style exhibit in his Brookside front yard

More information:

Rocket Grants Program

Application Information

Outreach Sessions

Online Tutorials

Frequently Asked Questions

Rocket Grants Press

Budget Forms

Final Report Form

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