The information below is for Cycle 9 (2018-2019)which has now closed. Cycle 10 will open in January 2019.

2018-19 Deadline:

March 26, 2018, 11.59 PM CST

2018-19 Funds released to selected projects June, 2018


The Call is handled by the CaFE Call for Entry system. Create a user name and password on the CaFE site to apply – see the Application Guide for details.

No other forms of application will be accepted.

The following links a were updated for the 2018-19 cycle. Always obtain the updated forms for each round of funding.

Application Guide 2018

• NEW this year! Scoring Criteria used by the jury

Budget Forms 2018-19

Budget Instructions 2018

Information For Digital Formatting and Uploading 2018

Online Tutorials (updated January 2018): cover funding priorities, previous winners and the application process

Application Tips: the top ten ways to make a strong application

• Outreach Sessions: get information, and ask questions about your proposal in progress

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): address queries about eligibility, applications, budget and venue

Video Interviews with artists and community partners behind six recently awarded project grants (including extended transcripts and images)

Jury Process: information about the way in which selections are made, including a link to past panelists

Awards Ceremony: information about the celebration for each round of Award recipients, including links to images from past events

Past Projects: information about the 80+ projects that have been funded by this program since 2010

Rocketblog: posts by Award recipients and others about upcoming events and opportunities related to the Rocket Grants program

 Final Report: required for all awarded projects in order to receive final 15% of funding

More information: about this program, key organizations, and similar programs around the country.

Funding priorities, materials, and processes are all continually evaluated to provide the best and most relevant program possible. Needless to say, we are always thankful for your thoughtful feedback.

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