The 2018 Application period has now closed. Applications will be reviewed and applicants will be notified of awards at the beginning of march.

The TopArts Access Grant Program is intended to support arts education opportunities, cultural events and other efforts which expand the quality and availability of the arts in Topeka. Emerging and new programs are encouraged to apply. Successful applications will propose initiatives that do at least one of the following:

  • Reduce/eliminate fees for existing programs/classes;
  • Pay teacher/artist fees for teaching new or existing classes;
  • Support cultural events, concerts and other performing arts opportunities; and/or
  • Offer scholarships for students to participate in courses or events.

The TopArts Public Art Grant Program is intended to support the creation, installation & maintenance of public works of art. Successful grant applications will propose initiatives that do at least one of the following:

  • Beautify and enhance our community with thoughtful works of art,
  • Install public artwork in areas experiencing graffiti and property crime,
  • Engage concerned citizens of all ages in the creation of new public art, and/or
  • Maintain/repair existing public artwork.


  •  Applications are due by February 5th, 2018, by 5:00pm CST.
  • All grant applications must be completed and submitted online.
  • Existing and new programs, organizations and/or individuals are eligible to submit grant applications.
  • Funding will be allocated based primarily on the merit of the programs described within the applications submitted.
  • Consideration will be given to how many in our community would be impacted and whether or not funding would enable the potential grantee to draw down additional matching dollars.
  • A final report will be expected in November of 2018.
  • Grant dollars are not intended to provide operational, indirect, or administrative costs.
  • Funds must be expended no later than January 31, 2019, unless other arrangements are made.
  • We anticipate that grant awards will be in the $1,000-$3,000 range.
  • Due to the complicated nature of public artwork, ARTSConnect reserves the right to distribute 50% of TopArts Public Art Grants at the start of the program and 50% at the completion of the project. TopArts Access Grants will be awarded in full as soon as grant agreements are complete.
  • Applicants are encouraged to complete the application in a Word format before submitting via this form. The form DOES NOT allow you to save your writing as you work and does not offer a dependable spell check function, but applications must be submitted online.