Rocket Grants (KC) / LOI Due: June 24

Charlotte Street and the Spencer Museum of Art are pleased to announce the 2024 open call for Rocket Grants, with applications accepted through June 24.

With support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Rocket Grants provide direct funding to artists in the Kansas City region who are creating exceptional, under-the-radar, and artist-centered projects in public spaces. Artists, curators, collectives, and collaborative groups residing within an 80-mile radius of the Kansas City metropolitan area are eligible to apply. 

The Rocket Grants program awards project-based grants of $6,000 to individuals or artist groups for projects that exist outside established venues such as museums, galleries, theaters or arts districts. Artists are encouraged to address the community at large, or choose a smaller, targeted audience. The long-term goals of the Rocket Grants program are to encourage emerging and non-traditional artistic practices in the Kansas City region; to contribute to a thriving arts community; and to build bridges between geographic and cultural communities. 

Rocket Grants projects encompass a broad range of visual art, performance, film, video, new media, writing, public programming, social practice, and interdisciplinary work.

Rocket Grant projects are selected by a jury of four arts professionals, working both locally and nationally. Each proposal will be evaluated on criteria including innovation, thoughtful context, feasibility and meaningful impact. To apply, artists must submit a Letter of Interest (LOI) online by June 24, 2024. The LOI should include a project summary, the artists involved, the intended audience, the specific context of the work, budget needs, and relevance of the project. The jury will assess the Letters of Interest and invite selected projects to complete a full application in July 2024. Rocket Grants recipients will be announced in September 2024. 

For any questions regarding the application, please contact Kimberly Kitada, Gallery and Programs Manager, at

Image: Hazlett Henderson and Skyler Adamson planting fruit trees (April 6, 2024)

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