This page documents a series of information sessions that were held around the Kansas City regional community to launch the ninth round of funding for the Rocket Grants program. Cycle ten will open in January 2019.

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 two application review workshops this year. All sessions are free, and statistics show a strong correlation between winning projects and applicants who attended at least one such event.

If you have specific queries about your application in progress, after you have looked through all the information sources available to you, 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 constantly updated throughout the 2018 application window, so please check back soon. Another easy way to find out about upcoming outreach would be to like our Rocket Grants Facebook page!

Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 | 7 PM – 8 PM

La Esquina, Kansas City: 1000, W 25th Street, 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 current CSF studio residents at our networking and information event to find out more about this prestigious funding opportunity. . Current grant recipients Kendell Harbin (The Roaming Center for Magnetic Alternatives) and SE Nash (Garden Variety Soda Fountain) will share about their experiences applying for a grant and embarking on project development with collaborators and in public venues.

Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 | 10:30 AM – 12:00 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 2017 Rocket Grants Award winner Connie Fitzpatrick, whose collaborative project Wak’ó Mujeres Phụ nữ Women Mural is currently in its research phase in Lawrence, KS. Connie will talk about her team’s experience applying for the grant, and how it helped them create an ambitious, interactive community project. Tim Hossler, KU faculty member and 2017 Rocket Grants juror will also share about his experience of participating on a selection panel.

Saturday February 10, 2018 | 1 – 2.30 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, and answer questions from the audience. Then there will be a brief presentation from 2017 Rocket Grants Award winner Solomon Bass, whose collaborative project Black & Blue is in progress. Solomon will talk about his experience applying for the grant, and what it has been like to work on a documentary film designed to provoke community conversation about a complicated topic. 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

Friday March 2, 2018 | 11.30 AM – 1 PM

InterUrban ArtHouseOverland Park: 8001 Newton St, Overland Park, KS 66204, map.

Workshop: Preparing a persuasive budget for your grant application. Rocket Grants 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. This is a free event, but you will need to register with IUAH.

Sunday March 11, 2018 | 1.00 – 3.30 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.

Friday March 16, 4 – 6.30 PM

Center For Neighborhoods, Kansas City: 4747 Troost Avenue, Room 222, Kansas City, MO 64110, map.

Application Review Workshop. Program coordinator Julia Cole will meet one-on-one with applicants who have made 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. 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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