Koch Cultural Trust

The Koch Cultural Trust (KCT) was founded in 1986 by Liz Koch. Under her guidance as president of KCT, the program has evolved into a major source of support for outstanding artists with roots in Kansas. KCT creates opportunity for the most promising painters, sculptors, musicians, dancers and performing artists. Since its inception, KCT has awarded more than $1.8 million in grants.

Artist painting

Program Details

Program eligibility

The Koch Cultural Trust Selection Committee awards grants to those students, who in the committees’ opinion, need and deserve extra support to help in their artistic endeavors. Enabling Grants are not for students matriculating through degree-granting programs. Applicants must have a connection to Kansas and be involved with performing or visual arts. Grant applications are accepted biannually.

Since 1988, KCT has relied on a committee comprised of Wichita art leaders to select grant recipients. The selection committee makes awards to those artists who need and deserve extra support to advance their talents.

Committee Members:  

  • Howard Ellington, KCT executive director; trustee and director emeritus of Mark Arts  
  • Wayne Bryan, producing artistic director, Music Theatre Wichita  
  • Catherine Consiglio, professor of viola, Wichita State University; artistic director Chamber Music at The Barn 
  • Polly Gentry, painter and artist
  • Cecil Riney, retired chairman of the fine arts department, Friends University  
  • Stan Rogers, retired associate professor and director of the ballet department, Friends University  

Application deadline

Grant applications are due on March 1 and October 1.

Applicants must submit:

  • Completed application form online  
  • Official transcripts of your academic record  
  • Two online evaluation forms (These will be emailed to you and should be completed by those who can comment on your ability and interest.)  
  • A list of all tutorial instruction  
  • A list of all performances, prizes and recognitions  
  • A personal photo suitable for a press release  
  • Audio or visual illustrations of your work

All materials submitted become the property of the Koch Cultural Trust and will not be returned unless otherwise agreed upon. Auditions at the applicant’s own expense may be required of finalists. Decisions of the Selection Committee are final and all information remains confidential. Attendance and performance may be required of finalists at future awards banquets. Please answer all questions on the application accurately.  

Apply for a grant

To be considered for an enabling grant, please apply by October 1, 2020.
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As I opened my award letter from KCT, I saw opportunity unfold before my eyes. I feel confident that I will make my dreams a reality.

Stevie Mack|Grant Recipient