COLUMBIA — A record-breaking 27 groups sought funds totaling $228,402 from the city's Office of Cultural Affairs this year, but the commission that doles out the money expects the city budget for fiscal 2017 will provide just $103,000.

Kevin Shults, chairman of the Commission on Cultural Affairs, said in a letter to the Columbia City Council that the commission will decide in October which groups get money and how much they will receive. He said arts programs improve residents’ quality of life, increase tourism, enhance education and contribute to economic development.

An estimated 181,000 people will benefit from city-funded arts programs this year alone, the letter said.

Potential funding recipients include Resident Arts and The Choral Arts Alliance of Missouri. Resident Arts — which supports local artists — asked for $10,000 to fund its core programs, including after-school teen artist residency and free career coaching. Resident Arts founder Madeleine LeMieux said she expects to get about 35 percent of that request.

Choral Arts Alliance of Missouri is also seeking $10,000 for its 2016-17 concert series. President Kimberly Dent said the money is important.

“We wouldn’t be able to put on a season without it,” Dent said.

Here's a list of the groups that sought money and the programs it would fund:

Boone County Historical Society

Project name: History, Art and Education Exhibits

Request: $10,000

Choral Arts Alliance of Missouri

Project name: 2016-2017 Concert Season

Request: $10,000

Columbia Art League

Project name: Art in the Park and At-Risk Youth Art Mentoring Program

Request: $10,000

Columbia Chapter of the MO Writer’s Guild

Project name: Show Me Writers' Masterclass

Request: $5,200

Columbia Civic Orchestra

Project name: 2016-2017 Series of Five Concerts

Request: $10,000

Columbia Community Band

Project name: Performance Series 2016-2017

Request: $5,000

Columbia Entertainment Company Theatre

Project name: 2016-2017 (38th Season)

Request: $10,000

Columbia Handbell Ensemble

Project name: Concert Season

Request: $1,500

Egbe Omo Oduduwa of Mid-Missouri

Project name: Annual Oduduwa Day Anniversary Celebration

Request: $3,599

GreenhouseTheatre Productions

Project name: 2016/2017 Season

Request: $10,000

Jabberwocky Studios

Project name: Jabberwocky 2017 Education and Outreach Program

Request: $10,000

Maplewood Barn Association

Project name: Annual Season

Request: $10,000

Mid-Missouri Woodcarvers

Project name: Technique Sharing Woodcarving Series

Request: $1,473

Mid-Missouri Traditional Dancers

Project name: Spring Breakdown 2017

Request: $6,630

Missouri Contemporary Ballet

Project name: 2016-17 Dance Performance and Education Project

Request: $10,000

Missouri Symphony Society

Project name: 2017 Hot Summer Nights Music Festival and 2016-2017 Missouri Symphony Conservatory

Request: $10,000

North Village Arts District

Project name: 2017 First Fridays

Request: $10,000

Odyssey Chamber Music Series Inc.

Project name: Season 13

Request: $10,000

PACE – Performing Arts in Children’s Education

Project name: 13th Annual Education Series

Request: $10,000

Ragtag Film Society

Project name: True/False Film Fest and Ragtag Cinema Community Service Screenings

Request: $10,000

Resident Arts

Project name: FY17 Core Programs

Request: $10,000

School of Service, Inc. (dba Access Arts)

Project name: “We Are” Project

Request: $10,000

Talking Horse Productions

Project name: 2016-2017 Season

Request: $7,500

The Columbia Book Festival Inc.: Unbound Book Festival

Project name: Unbound Book Festival 2017

Request: $10,000

The Missouri Review

Project name: Access to the Literary Arts

Request: $7,500

TRYPS Institute

Project name: 2017 Season and Outreach

Request: $10,000

“We Always Swing,” Jazz Series

Project name: Season No. 22

Request: $10,000

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