A series of information sessions will be held around the Kansas City regional community to launch the tenth round of funding for the Rocket Grants program. Cycle ten will open on January 14, 2019, and close on March 11 at 11.59 PM.

The two-level awards system will be covered, as well as general information about eligibility and funding priorities. At several of the sessions former or current grant recipients will talk about their Rocket Grants project and experience.

We will also be offering a budget workshop and three application review workshops this year. All sessions are free, and statistics show a strong connection between winning projects and applicants who attended at least one such event.

After you have looked through all the information sources available to you, if you have specific queries about your application in progress you can also set a phone appointment with the Rocket Grants program coordinator. Please email julia@charlottestreet.org to request one. (This link is not active – to prevent phishing – so please copy and paste it into your email address line).

The list of venues for outreach sessions will be updated throughout the 2019 application window, so please check back to verify details. Another easy way to find out about upcoming outreach sessions would be to like our Rocket Grants Facebook page!

Sunday, January 20, 2019 | 12:00 – 1.30 PM

The Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, 1301 Mississippi Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66045-7595, map.

Program coordinator Julia Cole will make a presentation about the program and the resources that are available to help you submit a strong application, and answer questions from the audience. There will also be a brief presentation from 2018 Rocket Grants Award winner John Sebelius, whose project MIXED MEdia: A Healing Arts Journey for Veterans is exploring the relationship between the arts and healing. John will talk about his experience applying for the grant, and how it helped him create an ambitious, interactive project. Shannon Criss, KU faculty member and 2018 Rocket Grants juror will also share about her experience of participating on a selection panel.

If the University campus is closed on Sunday 1/20 because of the weather, we will post updates on this page (http://rocketgrants.org/resources/outreach-sessions/) and reschedule the event at a later date

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Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019 | 6.00 PM – 7.30 PM

Capsule, Kansas City: 1664 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108, map.

Find out how artists are working to make Kansas City a more connected, critical, experimental and dynamic place. Do you have an idea that could be funded by a Rocket Grant? Join our networking and information event to find out more about this prestigious funding opportunity.  Current grant recipients will share about their experiences applying for a grant and embarking on project development with collaborators and in public venues.

Saturday February 9, 2019 | 2 – 3.30 PM

Charlotte Street Neighborhood Artist Residency, Kansas City: 4001, Troost Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64110, map.

Program coordinator Julia Cole will make a presentation about the program and the resources that are available to help you submit a strong application, then answer questions from the audience. Former Rocket Grants Award winners will also talk about their experience applying for the grant, and what it has been like to work on their project. Current Neighborhood Resident Artists Don Wilkison and King Kihei will be on hand to answer questions about 2016 and 2014 collaborative projects Cut Your Hair In The Socialist Style and Parent-Teacher Conference

Wednesday February 13, 2019 | 6 – 8 PM

Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center, Overland Park: 8788 Metcalf, 1/3 Event Space,  Overland Park, KS 66212, map.

This outreach session will consist of a brief presentation about the Rocket Grants program and application process, followed by Q&A with program coordinator, Julia Cole.

Saturday February 23, 2019 | 11.00 AM – 1.00 PM

Charlotte Street Neighborhood Artist Residency, Kansas City: 4001, Troost Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64110, map.

Workshop: Preparing a persuasive budget for your grant application. Rocket Grants (Rescheduled from Saturday February 16 because of snow). Program Coordinator Julia Cole will lead a workshop that will go over the steps necessary to prepare a strong budget and the various kinds of expenses and income you should include. She will use the Rocket Grants budget as an example, but this material is useful for almost all kinds of applications that require a budget. Julia will also answer any questions you may have about the Rocket Grants program and the kinds of projects it funds.

Tuesday February 19, 2019 | 2.30 PM – 5.30 PM

Charlotte Street Neighborhood Artist Residency, Kansas City: 4001, Troost Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64110, map.

Application Review Drop-Ins. Program coordinator Julia Cole will meet one-on-one with applicants to answer questions about your application/budget etc. If you wish to avoid the possibility of waiting, you can make an RSVP appointment by mailing rocketgrants@charlottestreet.org (link is not live to prevent phishing). You should have completed the materials for your application enough to know what help you need/questions you have with formatting, uploading or content preparation. Computers will be not be available for use at this location (though accessible wifi is), so you would need to bring your own laptop or tablet.

Tuesday February 26, 2019 | 9.00 AM – 12.00 PM

Charlotte Street Neighborhood Artist Residency, Kansas City: 4001, Troost Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64110, map.

Application Review Drop-Ins. Program coordinator Julia Cole will meet one-on-one with applicants to answer questions about your application/budget etc. If you wish to avoid the possibility of waiting, you can make an RSVP appointment by mailing rocketgrants@charlottestreet.org (link is not live to prevent phishing). You should have completed the materials for your application enough to know what help you need/questions you have with formatting, uploading or content preparation. Computers will be not be available for use at this location (though accessible wifi is), so you would need to bring your own laptop or tablet.

Saturday March 2, 2019 | 10.30 – 12.30 PM

The Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, 1301 Mississippi Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66045-7595, map.

Application Review Workshop. Program coordinator Julia Cole will meet one-on-one with applicants who make an RSVP appointment by mailing rocketgrants@charlottestreet.org (link is not live to prevent phishing). You should have completed the materials for your application to the point that you know what help you need/questions you have with formatting, uploading or content preparation. Computers will be not be available for use at this location (though accessible wifi is), so you would need to bring your own laptop or tablet.

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