The arts give so much to our communities: vibrancy, creativity, and new ways of solving problems.

Our grant programs provide money directly to artists to continue their important work, and directly to arts organizations to support new arts activities in their communities.

Read an update on Artistic Innovations and Regional Touring Program grants during the Covid-19 pandemic from Director Christine Bial

Artistic Innovations

Artistic Innovations

These grants support the creation of new work. The program is designed to encourage experimentation and collaboration, and engage audiences throughout M-AAA’s region.

Artistic Innovations grants underwrite direct expenses related to the art-making process, as well as the premiere of new endeavors.

With generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, M-AAA distributes grants of up to $15,000. Only artists and organizations in M-AAA’s region are eligible for this grant.

Learn more about Artistic Innovations

Creative Forces

The National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with Mid-America Arts Alliance, is pleased to launch a new grant program as part of Creative Forces®: NEA Military Healing Arts Network. The Creative Forces Community Engagement Grants will support community-based arts programming for military-connected populations, providing opportunities for creative expression while building connections and improving resiliency. An NEA initiative in partnership with the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, Creative Forces seeks to improve the health, well-being, and quality of life through art for military and veteran populations exposed to trauma, as well as their families and caregivers.

Learn more about Creative Forces

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Regional Touring Program

This program awards grants to qualifying organizations that present public events in their community. Grants support projects of artistic excellence and merit by underwriting the fees of artists who live in the region, providing financial support for nonprofit presenters who hire in-region artists, including those listed on the regional state arts agency touring rosters. Presenters may book artists in any discipline.

This program has a rolling deadline, and applications are due three weeks prior to the start date of the project. Grants are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, until the allocation for each state is gone. FY22 Regional Touring Program Grant application and guidelines (for projects happening between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022) are now available.

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But wait…Are you looking for Artists 360 or Interchange?

Artists 360 and Interchange make grants, but they also include professional development support and peer network building! You can find them on our Programs page.