Call Detail
Rocket Relief Cycle 2: Emergency Grants for Artists Impacted by Coronavirus
Entry Deadline: 10/26/20
Application Closed
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 5, Maximum:Max. 10
Audio | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 3
Video | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 3
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 5, Maximum:Max. 13
Call Type: Grants
Eligibility: Local
State: Missouri

The Rocket Relief program aims to provide emergency support to individual artists across the urban and rural Missouri/Kansas bi-state region, within an 80-mile radius of Kansas City. Organizations (such as non-profits, artist run collectives, independent art businesses) are not eligible for funding as entities, however artists associated with entities are eligible as individuals. Applicants who have already received a Rocket Relief grant are no longer eligible. 

Objective of Rocket Relief

This grant is intended to help artists whose income has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and who need assistance with basic expenses such as food, housing, medical costs and child care. This fund is open to all self-identifying visual, multi-disciplinary, and performing artists in the Rocket Relief region. Grant amounts are available as flat stipends of $1000. 

Selection Process

Rocket Relief uses a lottery method that is weighted to prioritize applications based on emergency needs. Eligible artists will be included in a distribution pool, from which 10 artists per week will be chosen by lottery until all funds are exhausted. Once an artist has entered the pool and confirmed as eligible, they will remain in the pool until funds are fully distributed. 

In recognition of the disproportionate impact on BIPOC communities from COVID-19 as reported by the CDC, demographic information provided will be used to grant at least 60% of the awards to artists who self-identify as Black, Indigenous and/or artist of color in cycle 2. 

How to Apply or Update an Application

If you applied for the Rocket Relief grant during the first cycle and did not receive a grant, your application will automatically be re-entered into the pool of received applications. However, you will be given an opportunity to review and revise your application between August 18 – Septmeber 8 to let us know if your circumstances have changed since you first submitted your application. For example, please let us know in your narrative if you are at risk of being homeless or impacted by systemic racism or tick any additional circumstances or risk factors that may now apply to you. Alternatively if your circumstances have improved you can email and request for your application to be removed from the pool. Simply log on to CaFE during August 18 – Septmeber 8 to make revisions or email us during this time to remove your application. 

If you are a new applicant and to ensure that your information is entered by the first lottery drawing, plan to complete the application by September 18, 2020. The first 10 recipients will be notified on September 25, 2020, and every subsequent week 10 artists will be drawn from the lottery and notified until the funds are depleted. Applications may continue to be submitted and eligible applicants will be added to the pool until funds are depleted. 
Should you need assistance or help with the application process email


Eligibility Requirements for Artists 

Funds are for individual artists specifically and nonprofit entities are not eligible for funding. Applicants who have already received a Rocket Relief grant are no longer eligible.

The following eligibility requirements are addressed in the application:

1. Must identify as an artist as described in one of the following categories:
Is a Visual/Multidisciplinary artist (artists must create original work in painting, drawing, sculpture, book art, ceramics, fiber, printmaking, digital/media works, film, video, photography, performance art, sound art, social practice and/or hybrid or interdisciplinary practice of any/all of the above);

OR, is a Theater Artist (artists must work as actors, stage managers, puppeteers, stage directors, theater choreographers, designers, stage technicians, and or hybrid or interdisciplinary practice of any/all of the above);

OR, is a Dancer or Musician (artists must work as dancers, choreographers, musicians, composers)

OR, is a Performative Storyteller, Poet, or Spoken Word Artist (artists must work as poets, spoken word artists, or storytellers in a way that involves public performance of work) 

2. Must be an artist whose primary residence is within an 80-mile radius of the Kansas City metro area. (See Map) 

3. Artists must be over 21 at the time of the application, and may not be a full-time student. 

4. Able to provide a W9 and Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) if notified that you have been selected for a Rocket Relief grant. The name and mailing address you provide in this application must match the name and mailing address on a W9. 

5. Employees or board members (or immediate family members of employees or board members) of Charlotte Street Foundation, Spencer Museum of Art, and ArtsKC are not eligible for this opportunity. 

6. Artists must demonstrate a recently active creative practice record (within the past two years) as visual or multidisciplinary artist, theater artist, dancer or musician, or performing storyteller, poet, or spoken word artist by submitting a link to one of the following: 

  • CV or resume

  • artist's website/online presence

  • public event that the artist recently participated in 

  • You will also be asked to upload 5 images that relate to your creative practice, and/or 1 video or sound clip. Images, video and/or sound clips will be considered in cycle 2 to determine eligibility when assessing active creative practice criteria. Note for Performing Artists applying for a grant: you may satisfy this requirement by posing one photo, including your head shot or photograph of you on stage or backstage five times. Uploads can also include your CV or resume. 
    Below is a link for artists to learn how to upload images. It should be noted that audio and video links are not required. You only have to upload 5 images of a certain pixel quality (1,200 pixels or greater on the longest side).

7. Describe, in a short 300 word or less narrative (or 2-minute max video or voice narrative), loss of income due to the coronavirus pandemic Please capture any additional circumstances that are heightening your personal risk of being able to meet basic needs at this time. Acceptable loss of income circumstances includes but is not limited to: 

  • Cancellations of performances, exhibitions, fairs, public programming, readings, panels, loss of sales, commissions and speaking opportunities 

  • Reimbursement for travel expenses related to creative work that you paid for yourself. This includes but is not limited to: Attending conferences and convenings that have been cancelled, Artist residencies, Touring 

  • Offsetting loss of income for teaching artists who could not teach during this me because of cancelled classes and school closures 

  • Support for artists working full or part-me in the service or other non-arts related industry who have lost supplemental income used to support their creative practices

  • Loss of ability to work due to caretaking duties for a family member or member of household

  • Increased costs due to unexpected coronavirus related health care for yourself or immediate family member 

Eligibility is not impacted by prior or current engagements, awards, or programming affiliations with the Charlotte Street Foundation, Spencer Museum of Art, ArtsKC, or the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. There is no restriction on usage of funds. Once granted, artists may use the award however they see fit. There will be no final report required. 

Due to the potentially sensitive nature of circumstances regarding eligibility for this grant, grantees for this award will not be announced publicly. The information you provide in this application is confidential and may be used to report demographics without identifying information. Testimonials that were voluntarily entered into the application may also be shared privately with funders, but only without identifying information. 

At launch of cycle 2, $50,000 in total is available in grants to artists of all disciplines in the Kansas City region thanks to generous financial and administrative support from Arts KC, Spencer Museum of Art, and The Andy Warhol Foundation.


Application Requirements

Eligibility Criteria