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Grants to Illinois Nonprofits, IHEs, &
Agencies to Engage Illinois Performing Artists

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Grants of up to $30,000 to Illinois nonprofits, IHEs, schools, and agencies to engage an Illinois performing artist, company, or group. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis until the funds are committed or the deadline date. Applications must be received at least 8 weeks before start of program.

Funds will be provided for up to 75% of the artists fees for organizations seeking to present Illinois performing artists, companies, or groups for performances, collaborations, or short residencies held in conjunction with performances.

Applicants can select an artist from the Artstour Roster,, or another artist, company, or group that is currently based in Illinois. Individual performers must be current residents of Illinois.

Examples of programs:
- A library engages a storyteller to present stories during a children’s story festival.
- A school district brings in a theater company to perform at the local high school. In addition, the company visits the elementary school to work with 3rd and 4th graders involved in the school’s upcoming theater production.
- A theater company collaborates with a folk musician in the creation and presentation of a new play.
- The local college brings a jazz orchestra to town to perform. The musicians also give a mini-performance at the local senior center.
- A dance company engages a classical music ensemble to provide live music for a performance.

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GrantWatch ID#: 153181

Estimated Size of Grant:

$100 - $30,000 per project.
Up to $60,000 total support for multiple projects.

Term of Contract:

For activities occurring by November 30, 2015.


  • Agency of the county or other local government
  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Faith-based Organizations
  • Institutions of Higher Education; IHE(s)
  • Local Governments
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS
  • Parochial Schools
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Private Schools
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public Schools
  • School Districts
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Single entities
  • Special district governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Park district
- Library district
- Charitable Trusts
- PTOs, PTAs and other School Affiliate Organizations

Proof of Eligibility page on the IACA website for specific details and verification requirements:

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Pre-Application Information:

This is an open deadline program. Applications must be received no less than eight weeks before the project start date as identified in the application. Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received and will be accepted until the funds are fully committed or by May 15, 2015.

Applicants may request a maximum of 75% of the contracted fee of the artist, company, or group. Applicants must secure a cash match to cover the remaining portion of the contracted fee from sources other than the State of Illinois, including the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Applicants may submit requests for up to four projects that total no more than $60,000 of support. Each project requires a separate application. Priority will be given to the first application received and subsequent applications will be considered as funding allows.

Contact Information:

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

Walter Buford, Director of Performing Arts and Partners in Excellence Programs

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