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Grants to Illinois Arts Nonprofits, Community Organizations, and Artists in Eligible Locations for Arts Programs Serving Residents

Cultural Fund Grant


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Funding Source
Evanston Arts Council
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Geographic Focus
USA: Illinois: Evanston

Important Dates
Deadline: 04/01/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $4,000 to Illinois nonprofit and community arts organizations and artists in eligible locations for arts projects and programs that benefit residents. Priority will be given to BIPOC organizations, as well as to projects serving disadvantaged populations. Funded activities must serve the city of Evanston.

The goal of the Cultural Fund Grant Program is to sustain and advance the community’s arts industry. Evanston’s vision for its Cultural Fund Program is to activate the extraordinary assets of the community to develop Evanston as an arts hub and destination.

By providing financial assistance to arts organizations, individual artists, and community arts groups, the Cultural Fund supports artistic excellence throughout the community. The Arts Council strongly encourages the development of broader participation by Evanston’s diverse cultural community through collaborative efforts among artists, arts organizations, and the greater community.

The applicant must demonstrate their efforts to realize these goals:

  1. Promote equity and inclusion throughout the arts in Evanston, regardless of gender, race, ethnic background, age, ability or sexual orientation.
  2. Ensure that the cultural arts programs the Council supports reflect the diversity of the Evanston community.
  3. Make the arts accessible to all people, including those with disabilities.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Funding is awarded to 501(c)(3)arts organizations, community arts organizations, and individual artists based in or serving Evanston for arts programs or projects that benefit the community.

For-profit entities, religious entities, and organizations not working with the arts are not eligible.

The City will not fund:
- Projects that replace arts instruction provided by an arts specialist
- Capital improvements or construction costs
- Organizations whose activities occur in non-accessible venues
- Purchase of permanent equipment
- An existing deficit from a previous year or project
- Activities not open to the general public
- Scholarships, fundraising events, or social activities such as receptions, parties, or galas
- Personal expenses such as child care and unrelated wages lost due to proposed project commitment
- Awards to individuals or organizations to honor or recognize achievement
- Generally, courses in degree-granting institutions
- Literary publishing
- Generally, exhibitions of, and other projects that primarily involve, single, individually-owned, private collections
- Cash reserves and endowments.
- Applicants that submit incomplete applications
- Applicants that are taxing bodies (including schools, libraries and park district)
- Applicants that are neither located in Evanston nor serve the Evanston
- Food or drinks

Pre-Application Information
Important Dates
- February 15, 2023: Application Opens
- April 1, 2023: Submission deadline
- May 13, 2023: Reviewing panel meets
- June 20, 2023: Arts Council allocates funds
- June 30, 2024: Grant monies to be spent
- July 31, 2024: Final report due

501(c) 3 organizations must obtain a SAM Unique Entity Identifier (UEI). Unique Entity Identifier means the identifier assigned to uniquely identify business entities.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Applicants may apply for up to $4,000 in project support.

Term of Contract
All grant fund expenditures must be incurred between June 2023 and July 2024.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Questions should be directed to

City of Evanston
2100 Ridge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201

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