Missouri Division of Tourism’s 2023 Juneteenth Grant information and applications are now available. Nonprofit and civic organizations across Missouri are encouraged to visit the website to learn more and submit applications for consideration.

“The Missouri General Assembly appropriated funding for FY23 to support Juneteenth events throughout the state,” said Lori Simms, Deputy Director of Missouri Division of Tourism. “Juneteenth is the commemoration of the freedom of the last enslaved people in the United States and these events help tell authentically American stories. We encourage all sizes and types of qualifying events to apply.”

Awards range from $5,000 to $100,000.

Application submission closes Aug. 15 and awardees will be notified Sept. 30. Disbursements begin Oct. 1.

Detailed information and a downloadable application can be found here.

Application Criteria

  • Must be an established event of at least three years.
  • Estimated attendance of more than 500 people, based on past attendance.
  • Includes an educational component on the historical significance of Juneteenth, including but not limited to lectures, storytelling, interpretive art, etc.
  • Additional elements that may improve the application:
  • Event draws attendees from more than 50 miles (the standard tourism industry definition of tourism).
  • Multiple-day celebration with multiple events.
  • Programming for youth ages 18 and younger.

Eligible Uses

This grant covers eligible costs and expenses related to the development and activation of a 2023 Juneteenth celebration and may include fees related to venue and rental usage, event marketing and advertising, live entertainment, security, event staging, clean-up, food vendors, volunteer support, non-alcoholic beverages, audiovisual equipment, and personnel.

About Missouri Division of Tourism

Missouri Division of Tourism works to showcase Missouri experiences through compelling storytelling to inspire travel, support healthy communities and strengthen the state's economy. In fiscal year 2021, Missouri’s tourism industry welcomed 33 million visitors and generated more than $12 billion in taxable sales.

Learn more at VisitMo.com.