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Program Grant

Grants to Illinois Arts Nonprofits, Schools, IHEs,
and Agencies for Arts Program Support

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Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA)

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Deadline Date:

03/15/19 11:59 PM CST


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Grants anticipated to range from $900 to $20,000 to Illinois nonprofits, schools, libraries, IHEs, and other government agencies that provide arts programs. Applicants must complete a pre-qualification process before submitting an application. Applicants must choose one program area within which to apply: arts-in-education, dance, ethnic and folk arts, literature, local arts agencies, media arts, multidisciplinary, music, presenters development, theater, and visual arts.

For details regarding the Program Area Specifics, please see:

Grants recognize arts programming of high quality that is appropriate to and reflective of the communities served and that broaden opportunities for the public to participate in the arts. Successful applicants must demonstrate strong operations, stable management, ongoing assessment and evaluation, and a strong commitment to making artistic programs accessible and relevant to a diverse range of participants. Organizations must also show that their programs and activities have artistic, educational, and cultural value.

The Council is supportive of those programs of artistic quality that reach special audiences comprised of citizens who are not regularly served by the arts. These include, but are not limited to, individuals with disabilities, institutionalized persons, older individuals, and lower income groups. Acknowledging that access to the arts is vital to all Illinois residents, the Council strives to support programs of artistic quality that will serve small and rural communities.

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GrantWatch ID#: 168893

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants do not request a specific amount. Grant amounts will be determined by the FY20 State of Illinois budget. The IACA anticipates that awards will range from $900 to $20,000.

Term of Contract:

Fiscal Year 2020 Program Grant funds support activities occurring between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Each applicant organization must be registered as a not-for-profit corporation in good standing with the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State. Units of government, institutions of higher education, and national/regional service organizations approved by the Illinois Arts Council Agency are also eligible to apply.

Each applicant organization must hold tax-exempt status from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and must 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 also eligible to apply.

Each applicant organization must have a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN), assigned by the Internal Revenue Service. Each applicant organization must 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.

- Applicant organizations must have been in active service to the public for at least a year prior to the date of application.
- Organizations that receive support from other government sources are eligible to apply for Council funds for arts projects.
- Recognizing the importance of sound management practices in the arts, the Council maintains that an operating surplus realized by an organization in one fiscal year will not result in a reduction of grant funds.
- 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.
- The Council will not support subsidizing an individual’s academic study.
- The Council supports those programs that emphasize the professional presentation and production of the arts. Generally, the Council will not directly support the touring or sponsorship of non-professional groups within this policy.
- The Council will not support out-of-state touring.
- Council funds may not be used for capital improvements, construction, or for the purchase of permanent equipment.
- Council funds may not be used to pay the balance of an organization’s previous year’s operating deficit.
- Council funds may not be used for artistic programs at functions where the artists are not the primary focus.
- The Council will not support fundraisers, benefits, receptions, or other social functions.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Two Program Grant webinars will be held for the FY20 cycle:

- Friday, February 15, 2019 at 12 noon - 2:00 PM
- Friday, March 1, 2019 at 3:00 - 5:00 PM

See registration details in Contact Information below.

Information about Workshops and Webinars:

Pre-Application Information:

The FY20 deadline is March 15, 2019, 11:59 PM CST.

Cash match:
- All matching funds must be from non-state sources.
– A cash match equal to 70% of the grant amount is required from organizations whose last completed fiscal year’s cash operating expenses for public arts programming were $50,000 or less, e.g. a $5,000 grant requires a $3,500 grantee cash match.
– A cash match equal to 100% of the grant amount is required from organizations whose last completed fiscal year’s cash operating expenses for public arts programming were over $50,000, e.g. a $5,000 grant requires $5,000 grantee cash match.
– College and university applicants must provide a cash match that is raised from outside sources. A match must be provided beyond staff time, required student fees and overhead provided by the college or university.


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

Register here for February 15 webinar:

Register here for March 1 webinar:

Complete the pre-qualification process:

Apply online:

For specific information on this program, contact appropriate program staff:

Dance, Ethnic & Folk Arts, Literature, Theater:
Susan Dickson, Program Director
Phone: +1 (312) 814-6740

Arts-in-Education, Visual Arts:
Jerome Grand, Program Director
Phone: +1 (312) 814-6766

Multidisciplinary, Music, Presenters Development:
George Tarasuk, Program Director
Phone: +1 (312) 814-3916

Local Arts Agencies, Media Arts:
Encarnacion Teruel, Program Director, ADA/504
Phone: +1 (312) 814-6753

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois