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Grants to Illinois Artists for Cultural Heritage Projects

Ethnic and Folk Arts Master/Apprentice Program (MAP)


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Funding Source
Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Illinois

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/01/23 11:59 PM CST Save

Grant Description
Grants of $3,000 to Illinois artists for cultural heritage projects. Funding is intended to help communities protect their unique culture by supporting the development of a mentoring relationship between experienced artists and beginner artists. Priority will be given to apprenticeships that take place outside of institutional settings.

 The Ethnic and Folk Arts Master/Apprentice Program (MAP) is designed to support a mentoring relationship between master artist and apprentice that concludes with a free public presentation of achievements made by the apprentice during the apprenticeship period. Illinois is home to an abundance of traditional art forms whether they are indigenous to a particular community or region, or reflect the traditions of recent immigrant communities. The practices, customs, stories, and skills that are passed from one generation to the next influence how we live, what we value, and our personal and collective identities. MAP helps communities preserve their own culture by providing an opportunity for master traditional artists to pass on their skills to a qualified apprentice in a time-honored method. The Ethnic and Folk Arts Master/Apprentice Program (MAP) affirms the role of the master artist and apprentice relationship in the preservation of the state’s exceptionally rich cultural heritage.

Program Goal: A goal of MAP is to support one-to-one learning and relationship building between the master artist and the apprentice. At the end of the apprenticeship period, the apprentice must demonstrate the skills learned in a publicly available presentation compliant with Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) health and safety guidelines. Virtual presentations (e.g., hosted via YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) are acceptable.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria
Both the master artist and the apprentice must be:
- At least eighteen (18) years of age.
- Legal residents of Illinois for the twelve months prior to the application deadline and throughout the grant period.
- Citizens of the U.S. or holders of permanent resident alien status.
- Submit an application to the IACA’s online grant system utilizing an account registered to the master artist. Applications submitted under an organizational account/name or under the apprentice’s name, will be immediately disqualified.
- Submit all requested application materials by the deadline.
- Submit no more than one MAP application per fiscal year from either person named on the application, i.e., the master artist or the apprentice.

If awarded a MAP grant, both the master artist and the apprentice will be required to verify their U.S. citizenship or resident alien status by submitting their Social Security number or valid tax identification number. The master artists may also be required to meet additional Federal requirements.

The following individuals are not eligible to apply
- Individuals enrolled in any degree or certificate granting program (including high school, bachelor, or masters-degree programs) at the time of application or during the award period. (Ph.D. candidates need to have completed their course work by the application deadline to be eligible.)
- A parent may not apply as the master artist to mentor their child as an apprentice.

MAP does not support the teaching of art practices used in cultural revival or historical re-enactment ceremonies or festivals. Not-for-profit organizations are ineligible to apply to this program. The MAP award may not be used to support an ongoing class or school. The Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) does not support an individual’s academic study of any kind.

IACA funds may not be used for:
- Food and beverage costs
- Benefits or fundraisers
- Other types of social functions
- Production costs for group activity/presentation where the master and the apprentice are not the focus of the event
- Out of state trave

Pre-Proposal Conference
Drop-in sessions are one-hour sessions that have no agenda. Participants may ask questions of the participating Programs staff and get answers in real time. Pre-registration is not available.

Friday, October 27, 2023, at 3:00 PM
To join:

Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at 3:00 PM
To join:

In-Person MAP Workshop:

Galena Center For The Arts
November 3, 2023 at 6pm
971 Gear Street
Galena, Illinois 61036

Pre-Application Information
The FY24 MAP application deadline is December 1, 2023. Applications must be successfully submitted to the IACA’s Salesforce system by 11:59 pm CST.

Master/Apprentice Grant Webinar:

IACA Workshops and Webinars:

Estimated Size of Grant
The MAP award is a fixed amount of $3,000 and is awarded in its entirety to the master artist.

Term of Contract
MAP applications for fiscal year 2024 are for apprenticeship activities that will occur from May 1, 2024, to November 15, 2024.

Contact Information
Apply online:

For specific information on this program contact:
Susan Dickson, Program Director

To obtain assistance regarding applications and written materials, contact the agency’s ADA/504 Access Coordinator:
Teresa Davis
Phone: +1 (312) 814-6753
TTY: +1 (888) 261-7957

For general information contact:
Illinois Arts Council Agency
James R. Thompson Center
100 West Randolph, Suite 10-500
Chicago, IL 60601-3230
Phone: +1 (312) 814-6750
Toll-free in Illinois: +1 (800) 237-6994

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