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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 Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at midnight. Read up on guidelines and frequently asked questions in the “Important Resources” section before applying below.

In 2022, 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, February 8, 2022 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 2022 Mock Grant Panel:

  • Tuesday, December 7: Mock Grant Panel applications open
  • Tuesday, January 11: Mock Grant Panel applications due
  • Tuesday, February 8: Mock Grant Panel
  • Thursday, February 10: Mock Grant Panel winners announced

Any questions about the Mock Grant Panel? Email us at

2022 Important Resources

Application Questions
Application Guidelines
Mock Grant Panel Criteria
Sample Budget
How to create an artist CV

2022 Review Panelists

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José Guadalupe Garza was born along the US/Mexico border. He is an artist and educator working in traditional and new media. He has exhibited nationally and internationally including the 2017 Biennale Spazio Pubblico Roma and the 2019 Counterpublic Triennial. Garza earned a BFA in Drawing from the University of Florida and an MFA in Visual Arts from Washington University in St. Louis. Currently, he serves as the Museum Academic Programs Coordinator at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, is a part time faculty member at St. Louis University, founding member of the artist collective Monaco, and serves on the board of the Latinx Art Network and the Tarble Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University.

Stefani Weeden-Smith brings 20 years of professional experience as a community engagement strategist. She served as program director at NCCJ St. Louis (Equity and Inclusion Organization), interim executive director at Teen Pregnancy Prevention Partnerships, and assistant director of community engagement at Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement at Washington University in St. Louis prior to being selected as the inaugural director for the St. Louis Anchor Action Network. She has deep connections to the St. Louis region and is interested in telling a new story about the city. She earned her Master of Professional Studies at Pratt Institute in Creative Arts Therapy and Creative Development in Brooklyn, New York. At Rockhurst University in Kansas City, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Marketing. Weeden-Smith was also selected into the Senior Leadership Non-Profit Certification Program hosted by United Way of New York and Baruch College’s Marxe School of Public and International Affairs. A St. Louis native, she lives in Tower Grove East and loves to get to know her neighbors by sharing a meal at the various South Grand restaurants.