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

Kansas City 80 Mile Radius

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 &
  • build bridges between geographic and cultural communities

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.

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.

The window for applications for the 2018-2019 round of funding opens on January 15, 2018 and runs until March 26, 2018. 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.

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

More Information

Start typing and press Enter to search