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Summer Youth Employment in the Arts Program

Grants to Illinois Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and Schools to
Provide Arts-Related Summer Jobs to High School Students

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Illinois Arts Council Agency

Deadline Date:

01/15/18 11:59 PM CST


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Grants of up to $6,000 to nonprofit corporations, government agencies, institutions of higher education, schools, and religious organizations to provide summer employment opportunities for high school students. Applicants may receive funding for up to four students per summer, including recent high school graduates that have not yet entered college. Jobs may be administrative or artistic in nature, or a combination of both.

SYEA is only open to organizations that have received an IACA Program Grant, Grant to Arts Service Organizations, or Partners in Excellence Grant in Fiscal Year 2016, 2017, or 2018.

This program intends to provide:
- Positive experiences and training in the arts to enhance personal growth;
- Specific skill development to promote career preparation;
- A deeper and broadened connection to community;
- Greater awareness and understanding of the impact and value of art in personal and public life; and
- Staffing support to further the mission and goals of the organization.

- The IACA will support up to 20 hours per week per student.
- The requested amount for any single student can be no more than $3,000.
- The stipend offered must be no less than the Illinois minimum wage.

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GrantWatch ID#: 150616

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request up to $6,000. The requested amount for any single student can be no more than $3,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant requests for Fiscal Year 2018 are for employment opportunities occurring between May 15, 2018 and September 15, 2018. Activities that occur before May 15, 2018 or after September 15, 2018 will not be supported with IACA funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Illinois Arts Council Agency provides public funding to Illinois residents, not-for-profit, tax-exempt (501c3) organizations, units of government, and institutions of higher education. Applicants must include proof of eligibility at the time of application.

To be eligible applicants must:

- Be tax exempt (501c3) organizations registered as not-for-profit corporations in good standing with the Illinois Secretary of State, or units of government (i.e., school, school district, park district, library district), or institutions of higher education.
- Qualify as a charitable organization under Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as amended. Units of government, institutions of higher education, or Federally-recognized Indian tribal governments are not required to obtain this status and are still eligible to apply.
- Have received an IACA Program Grant, Grant to Arts Service Organizations, or Partners in Excellence Grant in Fiscal Years 2016 or 2017.
- Be compliant with all Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017 IACA requirements.
- Have no record of penalties or forfeiture of IACA grants from Fiscal Years 2016 through 2018.
- Have a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN), assigned by the Internal Revenue Service.
- Be registered with Duns and Bradstreet and have a DUNS (data universal numbering system) number.

Unincorporated organizations and individuals may not apply to the IACA through a fiscal agent.

The Council supports college and university arts programs if they benefit and are accessible to the general public. Those events which are normally considered a part of regular or academic programs will not be funded.

Students may only participate in one IACA supported position per year.

The Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) supports universal access to the arts. The Agency abides by state and federal laws that prohibit public support to organizations (people or entities) that discriminate against people with disabilities. Therefore, each grantee is required to assure that they are in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).

By signing an IACA application or grant agreement, grantees are in effect acknowledging that their programs, services, and facilities are accessible, or a plan to make them accessible is in place and being followed. Funds may not be granted unless applicants are able, if requested, to provide documentation of their efforts to be in compliance.

To help you through these requirements, you can access the National Endowment for the Arts website to download a copy of the "Section 504 Self Evaluation Workbook" (

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be successfully submitted to the IACA’s eGrant system by January 15, 2018 by 11:59 PM CST.

All applicants will be notified of funding decisions once the IACA has reviewed and approved funding recommendations. If funded, this notification will include grant agreement and other required materials which must be completed and returned to authorize payment. Once these documents are returned to the IACA, it will take at least two months and up to six months for payment to be issued by the State Comptroller.

Applicants must secure a cash match equal to the amount requested. The match must come from sources other than the State of Illinois, including the IACA. Staff salaries attributed to time spent with the student employees and overhead expenses related to the project may be used as the cash match. Expenses must relate directly to the student employees’ job responsibilities.

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

To register as a new user:
Login to the eGrant System:

Technical difficulties with the Illinois eGrant system can be directed to:
Lynn Strehlow

For specific information on this program, contact:
Encarnacion Teruel, Program Director/ IACA ADA/504 Access Coordinator
TTY 888-261-7957

Individuals who are blind or have low vision or have learning impairments may obtain assistance regarding Illinois Arts Council Agency applications and written materials by contacting the IACA ADA/504 Access Coordinator using the contact information above.

For general information about the IACA contact:
Illinois Arts Council Agency
James R. Thompson Center
100 West Randolph, Suite 10-500
Chicago, IL 60601-3230
1/800/237-6994 Toll-free in Illinois
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