Propeller Fund Grant
Grants to Cook County, Illinois Visual Artists
and Collectives for Artist-Led Projects
and Collectives for Artist-Led Projects
Foundation / Corporation
Grants ranging from $1,000 to $6,000 to Cook County, Illinois visual artists and collectives for artist-led projects, events, and productions. Funding will be provided for public-oriented, collaborative projects that are independent and self-organized. Applicants may apply for monetary awards or research and development grants, as described below.
These awards range from $1,000 to $6,000 and are disbursed in direct funds to projects. Applicants are encouraged to request the amount that is needed to accomplish their project, up to $6,000. The aim of all grants is to ensure that each project will reach completion and has the resources to live up to its ambitions.
Research and Development Grants:
Initiated in 2016, Research and Development grants of $1,000 - $2,000 may be awarded based on applicant need, funds available, and jury determination. Research and Development grants are intended for projects that require initial funding to determine need and feasibility, allowing for early experimentation and additional research to fully inform the ultimate project proposal.
Eligible types of projects for both grants include visual arts projects that are: artist-led, independent, self-organized, collaborative, public, long or short-term, and unconventional.
- A public event, performance, or intervention
- A site-specific or public art project
- A new exhibition or exhibition series
- A screening, lecture, broadcast, or workshop series
- Publications, including printed matter and online writing
- Public programs of an artist residency
- Collaborative projects between the visual arts and other disciplines
- The ongoing work of an independent arts venue or collective
Monetary awards in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $6,000 are disbursed in direct funds to projects.
Research and Development grants of $1,000 to $2,000 may be awarded based on applicant need, funds available, and jury determination.
The project itself must commence development within the year the grant is awarded (and may continue beyond that). Public presentation should occur within a reasonable time frame and should be indicated on the timeline.
Visual artists and collectives located in Cook County, IL, are eligible to apply.
501(c)3 organizations, incorporated businesses, and students currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program are not eligible for Propeller Fund grants.
Please note that all collective projects must identify a "Lead Artist" that resides in Cook County, Illinois in order for their project to be eligible. More than 50% of project collaborators or collective members should also reside in Cook County.
Previously funded Propeller Fund grantees are eligible to re-apply. Meaning, new projects or new programs of ongoing projects are eligible for consideration. Please, briefly describe the need for further funding as it relates to growth and/or the extension of the project at the beginning of your project description, before going into further detail.
Ineligible types of projects:
- Projects not led by an artist
- Projects proposed by a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
- Curatorial projects that are not artist-led or collaborative/experimental in format or presentation
- Projects proposed by students
- Projects proposed by incorporated businesses
- Projects in which the lead artist/organizer lives outside of Cook County
- Projects in which all artists/organizers reside outside of Cook County
- Projects that do not have a public component (i.e., projects which do not involve the public via process, production, or presentation)
- Projects that are not accessible and presented to the public
- Projects that are carried out by an individual or collective as a single author of the project
- Proposals for the express purpose of: renting studio space, professional development (classes, services), travel expenses, the purchase or rental of equipment, or hiring of services not otherwise associated with a public project that meets the above criteria
It is best to use the provided Budget Worksheet as it speaks directly to Propeller Fund related expenses but also, there you will be able to select your interest in the Research and Development grant. Click on the link in the Supporting Documents section below to download the Budget Worksheet.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Submit applications online at: https://propellerfund.submittable.com/submit/84862/propeller-fund-2017-application
Contact the Propeller Fund at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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