Mock Grant Panel_10112020

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 through Monday, November 16 at midnight. Read up on guidelines and frequently asked questions in the “Important Resources” section before applying below.


In 2020, MAPS is dividing Mock Grant Panel submissions into two 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 will  use MAPS fiscal sponsorship program application criteria to rate and rank all applications. They will publicly discuss and comment on each application, similar to the Regional Arts Commission’s citizen review panels, on Tuesday, December 1 from 6:00-8:00 pm. The virtual event is free and open to the public; you can register to attend here.

Important Dates for 2020 Mock Grant Panel:

  • Monday, October 26: Mock Grant Panel applications open
  • Monday, November 16: Mock Grant Panel Applications due
  • Tuesday, December 1: Mock Grant Panel Review
  • Thursday, December 10: Mock Grant Panel Winners Announced

Any questions about the Mock Grant Panel? Email us at

2020 Important Resources

Application Questions
Application Guidelines
Mock Panelist Criteria

2020 Review Panelists

Vanity Gee is currently the Operations Administrator at BEOTIS, a boutique talent agency that represents a leading roster of multi-hyphenate artists and writers of color. Throughout her career, Vanity has worked for COCA, The Saint Louis Art Museum, Youth Speaks, and BRIC Arts Media. During her studies, she has journeyed through music, economics, and education, and has a handful of degrees to match. Though the library is pretty much the only place Vanity truly feels at home, her roots go back to southern Illinois and Missour-Ah. She now resides with her family in Saint Louis.

A Mississippi native, Dr. Treasure Shields Redmond is a published poet, master educator, community arts organizer, and successful entrepreneur. Treasure was raised in the federal housing projects, and went on to be signed to M.C. Hammer’s label as a hip hop artist, and writer. She is the author of chop: a collection of kwansabas for fannie lou hamer (2015). Her doctoral research focuses on the recorded performances of foundational Black Women poets, and the ways they deployed sound to impact the canon and justice movements. Treasure centers collaboration in her personal arts practice and as an organizing principle. As such, she has co-founded Fannie Lou Hamer House, a retreat space for Black artists, and a funding collective for Black artists called The Black Skillet with artist Dail Chambers. Treasure is the founder of Feminine Pronoun Consultants, LLC, and Get The Acceptance Letter Academy.

James Owen has worked as a staff grants manager and contract grant writer for the past seven years, focusing on the human services, community development, and housing sectors. Since 2019, he has worked at Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis (CASGSL), where he is responsible for pre- and post-award grants management, including grant applications, reports, and invoices. He also supports CASGSL’s management team in fiscal administration and budgeting. James received his bachelor’s degree in Politics from the University of Durham, and he is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Counseling at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.