Salina Arts & Humanities
Horizons Grants

Launched in 1986, the Horizons Grants Program was the first of its kind in operation in the State of Kansas. The Program leverages community cultural development through the implementation of private and public funding granted to individuals and organizations proposing projects that "build community and change lives."

Developing artist and organizational grants are awarded annually. Smaller Horizons Enrichment Grants are available throughout the year as funds are available. More information about the program can be found in the program descriptions and links below.


ABOUT SALINA ARTS AND HUMANITIES FOUNDATION

The Salina Arts and Humanities Foundation (SAHF), exists to support and develop public awareness and interest in the arts and humanities in Salina Kansas; and to be a supporting organization to the City of Salina; its Arts and Humanities Department and Commission as a separate and independent, but closely related supporting organization.

SAHF, a 501c3, was organized in 1989 as a not-for-profit corporation to support Salina Arts & Humanities programs. In an effort to clarify the role of the foundation and the commission, a new corporation and board was established in 2009 on a recommendation from the Salina Arts & Humanities Commission.

The Foundation establishes budgets and manages funding for portions of the Smoky Hill River Festival and the Horizons Grant Program. Its board meets quarterly to review investments, approve grants, and explore how to further strengthen and support SAH programs. Unlike a public entity, the actions of this board are not publicly disclosed which helps maintain confidentiality with donors and funding recipients.


ABOUT SALINA ARTS AND HUMANITIES

Salina Arts and Humanities (SAH) was established by city ordinance in 1966. As a city agency, we work to foster community development through the use of artistic and cultural resources. Our mission is to cultivate this place, through the power of the arts and humanities to change lives and build community. SAH activities fall under the jurisdiction of the Salina City Manager's office. The Mayor appoints commissioners, who are approved by the City Commission to serve as an Advisory Board. A City Commissioner is appointed to serve in a liaison capacity. Funding for SAH comes from a variety of sources, including city, state, and federal sources, earned income, and private and corporate contributions. These funds are used for a variety of purposes, which include:

  1. Services and funding for cultural and community organizations, individual artists, and educators who provide arts and cultural opportunities for young people
  2. Programs and activities that benefit the citizens of Saline County by making the arts a part of their everyday lives
  3. Efforts which promote, develop and preserve the artistic, cultural, historic and aesthetic resources of the community and the region


Organizational Project Grants

Deadline: November 1
Eligible Applicants: Any nonprofit organization or local governmental unit in Saline County may apply. Nonprofit organizations must be incorporated and be recognized as tax-exempt by the Internal Revenue Service. All applicants must agree to abide by federal and state laws regarding civil rights, access for people with disabilities, and other non-discriminatory provisions.

Though applications may only be submitted by nonprofit organizations and local governmental units, SAH also encourages unincorporated groups to develop projects for funding. These groups should attempt to locate at least one eligible partner that would be willing to apply on their behalf and serve as fiscal agent for the grant funds. Groups seeking the services of a suitable fiscal agent are encouraged to notify the department staff for assistance in the process.





Developing Artist Grants

Deadline: November 1
Eligible Applicants: Any highly-skilled visual, performing, literary and/or interdisciplinary artist who has demonstrated dedication to his/her art form, but who has not yet firmly established his/her career as a full-time, practicing artist. Applicants must be 18 years or older and a resident of Saline County for at least one year prior to the application due date.

Eligible candidates are not required to earn a living exclusively through the practice of their art form. However, applicants must demonstrate a commitment to do so, when and if it becomes feasible. Artists who have established skills and credentials in one art form, but are expanding into a new area, are eligible to apply for funding.

Beyond these general guidelines, the decision of exactly who qualifies as a Developing Artist is ultimately determined by the Salina Arts and Humanities Department according to guidelines and criteria. PLEASE NOTE: these grants are intended to not only advance an artist's career, but also to demonstrate community impact through a committed public component.





Enrichment Grants

Grants Available from February 1 - November 30
Deadline: 4 weeks prior to start of proposed project (6 weeks prior to start for FIRST TIME APPLICANTS)
Eligible Applicants: Any individual artists, nonprofit organization or local governmental unit in Saline County may apply. Individual applicants must have been a resident of Saline County for at least one year prior to the application due date. Nonprofit organizations must be incorporated and be recognized as tax-exempt by the Internal Revenue Service. Unincorporated groups are also encouraged to apply by locating an eligible partner to serve as fiscal agent.





Supporting the Horizons Grants Program

Launched in 1986, the Horizons Grants Program was the first of its kind in operation in the State of Kansas. It has grown to become a widely respected resource that helps give Salina a firm reputation as a vibrant and supportive cultural community that actively helps to empower individual artists and organizations which enrich our lives. More than $1,200,000 has been granted since the program began.


Click here to learn more about supporting the Horizons Grants Program.

Click here to view Horizons Newsletters.