New for Fiscal Year 2024!
The arts are essential to community vitality—boosting state and local economies, enriching quality of life, attracting creative workforce, preserving cultural heritage, and more. To ensure thriving communities across Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Arts Council awards project funding through Community Arts Experience Grants to support festivals, exhibitions, performances, and other audience-based programs.
Eligible organizations can apply for the following:
Two Community Arts Experience Grants per fiscal year; or,
One Community Arts Experience Grant and one Community Arts Learning Grant per fiscal year
The maximum grant award request is up to $5,000 per project. A 100% (1:1) award match is required. This is a competitive grant program and award amounts are determined using the grant program scoring criteria and agency priorities.
This grant replaces the Small Grant Support program, effective September 1, 2023.
Expand arts and cultural opportunities for Oklahomans
Support arts-focused programs that enliven communities through a wide range of engagement
opportunities for all people
Provide matching funds for arts-focused projects
Project Activity Dates
August 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024 (Grant Period FY2024)
Up to two $5,000 grants per fiscal year. Organizations may apply for two Community Arts Experience Grants, or they may apply for one Community Arts Experience Grant and one Community Arts Learning Grant. Match requirement: 1:1 (100%). Half of the match (50%) may be in-kind support. Matching funds may not be federal funds or other Oklahoma Arts Council funds. Award amounts are determined using the grant program scoring criteria and agency priorities.
60 days before your project begins
Who Can Apply?
Oklahoma 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, city/county/tribal governments, colleges/universities, and public libraries. For complete eligibility requirements, see the grant program guidelines (linked below).
What Types of Programs Can Be Supported?
Arts-focused community and audience-based programs, including concerts, recitals, visual art exhibitions, and multi-disciplinary events such as festivals.
If your project is focused on providing arts learning and skill building opportunities, please see Community Arts Learning Grants.
What Expenses Are Allowable?
Funding can be used to reimburse expenses such as artist fees and travel expenses, contracted administration or technical fees, rental expenses, marketing expenses, and consumable supplies. For more examples of allowable expenses and unallowable expenses, see the program guidelines (linked below).
Documents and Links
How to Apply
Step 1: If your organization has not applied for an Oklahoma Arts Council grant in the past three years, you will need to request access to the grant system. Once you have access, your Grant Contact can log in and apply for a grant. If you have questions about logging in, please contact our grants office at 405-521-2040 or email@example.com.
Step 2: Once your organization has access to the grant system, your Grant Contact can log in and complete an application. Submit the application by the deadlines published in the program guidelines.
Who to Contact for Help
For questions about this grant program, contact a member of our rural and creative community outreach team:
Director of Community Arts and Workforce Programs
(405) 521-2025 (office)
Eyakem Gulilat, Director of Creative Placemaking and Community Development
(405) 521-2028 (office)
(405) 316-0942 (cell)
Molly O'Connor, Director of Rural and Creative Community Outreach
(405) 521-2013 (office)
(405) 317-3297 (cell)
For questions about grant system access, contact:
Martyna Sandoval, Grants and Programs Associate
(405) 521-2040 (office)
(405) 239-0257 (cell)
For questions about managing your grant award, contact:
Thomas Tran, Grants Director
(405) 967-3290 (cell)
(405) 521-2041 (office)