How to Fund Your Program


Funding is available from more sources than you may have thought! 


Additional funding for educational arts programs may be found through these resources:


STEAM and STEM + Arts Integration Programs:

All STEAM and STEM + Arts Integration programs qualify for a special discount provided by the DST Foundation. Please inquire: 816.531.4022 or email


Theatre-based Workshops and Residencies:

All Theatre-based workshops and residencies qualify for a special discount provided by our friends at the Theatre League. Please inquire: 816.531.4022 or email


Title 1 Discounts:

Through the generosity of the Missouri Arts Council and other donors KCYA provides subsidies to qualified schools.  These funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to the funds available. Choose the performance or workshop you would like to have and call us at 816-531-4022.


          Regular Price Price for Title 1 Schools
          $95 - $220 up to 1/2 price (plus materials)
          Regular Price Price for Title 1 Schools
          $251 - $724 Up to 1/2 price 



ESSER Funds:

Ask your administrator if ESSER funds are available to pay for your arts education programs!



Many PTAs/PTOs are willing to raise money or already have money allocated to support arts enrichment activities. We are happy to come and present ideas to your PTA/PTO. Please call us at 816-531-4022 to set up a meeting. 


Missouri Arts Council (MAC)

A variety of grants are also offered by the Missouri Arts Council. The School Touring grant for schools outside of Kansas City and the Artist in Residence grant which is great for after-school programming are both available for schools and community agencies. The Big Yellow Bus grant will pay for transportation to arts related activities.


National Endowment for the Arts (NEA):

Two giving areas for the NEA include Access to Artistic Experience and Learning for the Arts for Children and Youth.


National Assembly for State Arts Agencies (NASAA):

NASAA is not a grant-making organization, but their website includes a list of foundations that support arts and culture.


Kids In Need Foundation:

Kids In Need Teacher Grants provide K-12 educators with funding to provide innovative learning opportunities for their students. The Kids In Need Foundation helps to engage students in the learning process by supporting our most creative and important educational resource — our nation's teachers.



Corporations such as Target, Bank of America and Wal-Mart offer grants to schools. Visit the community relations page on their websites or stop by a local branch/store to ask how to apply for a grant.


Civic Groups:

Civic groups such as the Junior League, Optimists, and Kansas City Young Matrons, etc., provide grants to organizations that serve children and families through the arts.

This website allows organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all Federal grant-making agencies. is the single access point for more than 1,000 grant programs.


Local Arts Councils:

County arts councils may offer grants to schools in support of arts-based programming.


Local Foundations:

Many local foundations such as the Francis Family Foundation will provide grants for arts programs in schools. The Small Arts Grants Fund is available for schools.  (Please note that individual artists cannot apply for this grant.)