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CityArts Program

Grants to Illinois Arts and Cultural Nonprofits in Eligible
Locations for Operational and Project Support

Agency Type:

Local

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Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE)

Conf. Date:

01/28/21

Deadline Date:

03/03/21 5:00 PM CST

Description:

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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:

  1. General Operating Grants for Large Arts & Culture Organizations: For organizations with an annual adjusted income over $2M. General operating support funds may be used for artistic, administrative, and/or program activities including expenses such as salaries, marketing, insurance, supplies, professional services, fees, and training.  For more information, see https://www.chicago.gov/content/dam/city/depts/dca/Grants/cityartsguidelinespacket21.pdf#page=4.
  2. General Operating Grants for Small Arts & Culture Organizations: For organizations with an annual adjusted income under $2M. General operating support funds may be used for artistic, administrative and/or program activities including expenses such as salaries, marketing, insurance, supplies, professional services, fees and training.  For more information, see https://www.chicago.gov/content/dam/city/depts/dca/Grants/cityartsguidelinespacket21.pdf#page=6.
  3. Project Grants focused on Sector Re-Building: For organizations of all budget sizes. 2021 CityArts Project grants will support initiatives and projects that have the potential to impact the rebuilding and recovery of Chicago’s arts and culture sector at large. For more information, see https://www.chicago.gov/content/dam/city/depts/dca/Grants/cityartsguidelinespacket21.pdf#page=9.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 140270

Number of Grants:

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.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- 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

Term of Contract:

- 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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Criteria - Organizations Must:
• Have a primary mission to create, produce, present, provide, or support arts and culture services for the public or have an arts-focused division/department/program with its own budget.
• Offer programs in an artistic discipline, operate as a museum, or serve as an arts service organization.
• Be a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization incorporated for at least 12 months prior to applying (must have been incorporated as of January 2020). General operating applicants must have been incorporated within the state of Illinois. National organizations with a Chicago branch are eligible to apply for project grants.
• Be a resident company in the city of Chicago with a valid street address (P.O. Boxes will not be accepted).
• Primarily serve the residents of the city of Chicago (demonstrate that, on average, half of all programming occurs within the city of Chicago limits).
• Organizations that received CityArts general operating support in 2018, 2019 and 2020 are required to take 2021 off from general operating support. Organizations that received funding in 2018, 2019 or 2020—but not all three—can reapply for 2021 CityArts general operating funding. Organizations can apply for a 2021 Project Grant even if they received CityArts support in 2018, 2019 and 2020.
• Special eligibility criteria for general operating grants only: Organizations must not be receiving other significant support (cash or In Kind) from the City of Chicago or a City of Chicago Delegate Agency. Significant support is defined as more than $1M within the calendar year towards an organization’s annual budget.

For funding restrictions, see https://www.chicago.gov/content/dam/city/depts/dca/Grants/cityartsguidelinespacket21.pdf#page=3.

Pre-proposal Conference:

2021 CityArts Workshops:

Thursday, January 21, 2021 5pm–7pm - Register Online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-cityarts-grant-program-workshop-tickets-133123677503

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 12pm–2pm - Register Online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-cityarts-grant-program-workshop-tickets-133127737647

Thursday, January 28, 2021 9:30am–11:30am - Register Online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-cityarts-grant-program-workshop-tickets-133128297321

The following info session will focus on CityArts sector-rebuilding project grants and will give attendees an opportunity to hear directly from Commissioner Mark Kelly about the goals of this year’s program: Thursday, February 4, 2021, 11am–12pm - Register Online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-cityarts-grant-program-info-session-sector-rebuilding-project-grants-tickets-136448056811

Pre-Application Information:

2021 Grant Calendar:
- Application Opens and Guidelines become available: January 19, 2021
- Application Deadline: March 3, 2021, 5pm CST. Applications must be submitted at least one week before the deadline to avoid technical issues. Any technical issues reported within the week prior to the deadline might not be resolved in time for you to successfully submit your application.
- Notification of Results: July 2021
- Contracting Period: July-October 2021
- Payments Disbursed: November 2021

Eligible organizations are able to apply for both a General Operating grant and a Project Grant in 2021. However, only a handful of the most exceptional applications will receive both grant types.

An organization can receive CityArts general operating funding for up to three consecutive years before it is required to take one year off from applying for or receiving a CityArts general operating grant. Organizations can apply for a 2021 Project Grant regardless of their past CityArts support.

Grants will be made in a single, one-time payment following the successful completion of the grant agreement.

Workshop presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jg9VytLCCRY&feature=youtu.be

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

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

If you have questions and are not able to access the virtual meetings, if you need assistance in another language, and/or if you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to attend or apply please contact culturalgrantmaking@cityofchicago.org for assistance.

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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