What You Can Do

The Arts and Education Council provides funding for arts and arts education programs in the 16-county St. Louis region. Funding is provided through grants both directly through the Council and through collaborative partnerships.

Apply for a Grant

Funding is provided through grants at multiple levels. All organizations applying for grants must have 501(c)3 status for a minimum of one year and focus on arts and arts education. Additional criteria vary with each grant level.


Art Education Fund 

The Arts and Education Council is pleased to announce the innovative Arts Education Fund, generously underwritten by Wells Fargo Advisors.  The Fund will provide tuition scholarships and transportation subsidies to talented high school students to further their artistic training.

The scholarship fund is intended to remove financial barriers that may prevent these talented students, residing in underserved or low-income areas, from expanding their creative training outside the traditional classroom setting. The Fund will partner with A&E grantee organizations that offer existing arts education classes and training in visual arts, craft, music, theater performance and dance disciplines to provide art instruction within their established programs. Five school districts have been selected for the initial Art Education Fund program. To match the stated goals of Wells Fargo Advisors, these school districts were selected  using statistics from Missouri's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and low-or moderate-income earning less than 80% of the HUD estimated median family income. Specifically, school districts that reported high student eligibility for free or reduced lunch were identified. Additionally, the selected school districts must have existing arts programming within their curriculum and a Fine Arts Coordinator or similar professional in a leadership role at the district level. This will allow A&E to coordinate the program through one office within each school district. 

The five school districts are St. Louis Public Schools, Normandy Collaborative, Ferguson-Florissant School District, Riverview Gardens School District and the Jennings School District.

Apply here!


Operating Grants

(Applications are by invitation only)

Operating Grants are made for organizations with annual budgets of $500,000 or greater. See current grant recipients here.

Apply here!

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PNC Project Grants 

PNC Project Grants are made for special projects in amounts ranging from $500 - $5,000, but shall not exceed 30% of project budget. To be eligible, an organization, or the entity for which it is a part, must be an IRS Section 501(c)(3) corporation in the state of Missouri or Illinois for one year or more and must remain a 501(c)(3) for the duration of the grant period or the grant will be forfeited. Grants are determined by a volunteer committee of the Arts and Education Council. Proposals are judged on how well they meet the application criteria, as well as in comparison with other proposals submitted. Criteria and guidelines for applying are here.

Click here for answers to some frequently asked questions.



Collaborative Grant Programs

In addition to the funds granted directly through the Arts and Education Council, the following collaborative grants create additional funding opportunities.


Maritz Arts and Education Fund for Teachers

Grant applications are now open for the 2015/2016 Maritz Arts and Education Fund for Teachers. These grants are awarded to individual schools and non-profit organizations to help engage students in being creative. Teachers may apply directly for funding with their individual schools or school districts serving as fiscal agents.The Maritz Arts and Education Fund for Teachers supports educational programs, with grants ranging between $500 and $5,000, that link art with curriculum to enhance students’ learning. Priority funding will be given to projects that introduce new art mediums to students.Grants will be made only for programs that take place in the 16-county, bi-state St. Louis metropolitan region (Missouri: Jefferson, Franklin, Lincoln, St. Louis City and County, St. Charles, Warren and Washington; Illinois: Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe and St. Clair).  The application deadline for 2015/2016 funding is September 11, 2015, at 5 p.m.

2015-2016 Guidelines, Criteria, and Instructions

2015-2016 Application

2015-2016 Budget Form


Monsanto Rural Community Arts Education Program

The goal of the Monsanto Rural Community Arts Education Program is to ensure that the arts remain accessible to all.  This program awarded $25,000 in grants in 2013 to 10 arts and arts education programs dedicated to bringing artists and entertainers into the classrooms and performance venues of the region's rural communities.

For more information on all grant programs:

Susan Rowe Jennings
Vice President, Administration and Grants
email Susan