Mock Grant Panel
The Mock Grant Panel offers an opportunity to practice writing a grant application for your arts-based project, and to get formal feedback from a review committee. Artists of all disciplines, collectives, and emerging arts organizations without nonprofit status are invited to submit applications with budgets up to $50,000. The application period for 2024 is now closed. Stay tuned, as applications for the 2025 Mock Grant Panel will open in the autumn.
About the Mock Grant Panel
The Mock Grant Panel is divided into two submission pools: one for applicants who have more experience or success with past applications, and one for those who may be first-time applicants, or who have not had successful past applications. Our hope is that this will provide applicants with a more equitable opportunity to receive helpful feedback no matter where they are in their creative careers. Winning applications in each category will receive a $300 no-strings-attached cash prize that can be put towards making applicant’s projects a reality.
A three-person review committee uses MAPS fiscal sponsorship program application criteria to rate and rank all applications. They publicly discuss and comment on each application, similar to the Regional Arts Commission’s citizen review panels.
Important Dates for 2022 Mock Grant Panel:
- Thursday, November 30: Mock Grant Panel applications open
- Monday, January 15: Mock Grant Panel applications due
- Thursday, February 1: Mock Grant Panel panel review
- In-person at 21c Museum Hotel, 1528 Locust St
- Virtual live stream available
- Free and open to the public (registration required)
- Friday, February 10: Mock Grant Panel winners announced
Have questions about the Mock Grant Panel? Email us at email@example.com.
2024 Mock grant panelists
Sue Greenberg has served as the executive director of St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts (VLAA) since 1986. During the summer, she worked at The Muny (the nation's largest and oldest outdoor musical theatre) from 1982 to 2021, first as a stage manager and then as company manager. Sue also taught legal issues in the arts for Webster University’s Arts Leadership graduate program from 1991 to 2021. She is a graduate of Washington University, where she majored in Art History and Urban Studies. Sue received the Arts and Education Council Champion for the Arts award in 2019, a St. Louis Bar Foundation Spirit of Justice Award in 2017, a Kick-Ass Award in 2012, and a St. Louis Visionary Award in 2008.
Pacia Elaine Anderson is a written, visual, spoken, and teaching Word Artist who uses language in its many expressed forms to tell vivid stories, record and share history, and as a vehicle for both introspection and communal connection. She has shared her poetic offerings on stages, in workshops, and through commissioned written and performance work across the country. Pacia has worked with numerous local, regional, and national organizations in professional development, community engagement, and arts-learning. She served as a founding professional development facilitator for the Teaching Artist Institute, and is a member of the Teaching Artists Guild. Pacia currently serves as the program lead of the Regional Arts Commission’s Community Arts Training Institute, program coordinator for Good Journey Development Foundation, and as a teaching artist with a host of arts organizations, including The Saint Louis Art Museum, Springboard to Learning, COCA, Your Words STL, and URB Arts. She is also the Missouri-St. Louis City Regional Coordinator for Poetry Out Loud, the NEA’s national poetry recitation competition facilitated through the Missouri Arts Council. Pacia serves on the boards of The Saint Louis Poetry Center, Volunteer Lawyers and Accounts for the Arts, and The St. Louis Art Place Initiative. The St. Louis Visionary Awards named Pacia the Community Impact Artist for 2020-2021 for her neighborhood community work. Pacia loves reading, coloring, cycling, writing, nature walks, star-gazing, and making art with all of the children inside of her.
Meridith McKinley is a founding partner of Via Partnership, a St. Louis‐and New York based consulting group that develops comprehensive public art strategies and facilitates public art projects. Working with public agencies, developers, cultural organizations and community groups, Via plans, curates and produces public art throughout the United States and Canada. With over twenty-five years’ experience in strategic planning and community engagement, McKinley has worked cities such as San José, Vancouver, Calgary, Providence, El Paso, Las Cruces, Nashville, Atlanta and Washington, D.C. to develop public art plans; assisted communities across the country in developing new public art programs; and commissioned art for public and private clients. McKinley is active in numerous civic organizations in St. Louis. She currently serves on the boards of Laumeier Sculpture Park and Critical Mass for the Visual Arts.