Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE)
03/03/21 5:00 PM CST
Grants to Illinois nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in eligible locations for operational and project support. Operating funding may be used for administrative, artistic, and program-related needs. Project funding is intended for initiatives that have the potential to impact the Chicago arts sector at large. Eligible applicants are located in Chicago.
The goal of DCASE’s CityArts Program is to encourage the attainment of artistic excellence and financial stability, and to incentivize innovation related to citywide priorities. Nonprofit arts and culture organizations of all sizes and across all artistic disciplines can apply for general operating grants and project grants focused on rebuilding and recovery across all artistic disciplines. Project grants will support initiatives that have the potential to impact the Chicago arts sector at large. All grant types are intended to further four Cultural Grants Program Priorities: Innovation, Community Engagement, Diversity & Equity, and Collaboration.
In 2021, the CityArts Program will offer three types of grants:
GrantWatch ID#: 140270
DCASE anticipates awarding 5 - 10 Project Grants in 2021 and between 10 - 15 General Operating Grants to Large Arts & Culture Organizations. The number of General Operating Grants for Small Arts & Culture Organizations will be contingent on the number of applicants and available budget.
- General Operating Grants for Large Arts & Culture Organizations: Grant amounts ranging from $10,000 - $25,000
- General Operating Grants for Small Arts & Culture Organizations: Between $2,000 and $15,000. DCASE will select 3 – 6 exceptional applicants to receive special grant awards beyond their request amounts in 2021.
- Project Grants: Requests ranging from $5,000 to $100,000
- General Operating Grants for Large Arts & Culture Organizations: If awarded, all grant funds must be expended by the grantee between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021.
- General Operating Grants for Small Arts & Culture Organizations: If awarded, all grant funds must be expended by the grantee between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021.
- Project Grants:: If awarded, all grant funds must be expended or deposited by the grantee during the grant term of January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021, but it is allowable for the DCASE-funded portion of the project to take place any time during the grant period of January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2022.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
2021 CityArts Small – General Operating Funds: https://www.cybergrants.com/dcase/grants/CityArts2021Small
2021 CityArtsLarge – General Operating Funds: https://www.cybergrants.com/dcase/grants/CityArts2021Large
2021 CityArts Project Grant: https://www.cybergrants.com/dcase/grants/2021CityArtsProject
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Cultural Grants Staff Contact Information:
- Kalena Chevalier – Program Director: Kalena.Chevalier@cityofchicago.org
- Julie Partynski - Grants Administrator: Julie.Partynski@cityofchicago.org
- Meghan Beals McCarthy – Grants Coordinator: Meghan.McCarthy@cityofchicago.org
- Melissa Thomfohrda – Grants Coordinator: Melissa.Thomfohrda@cityofchicago.org
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