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Grants to Decatur Area, Illinois Nonprofits, Agencies,
Schools, and IHEs for Arts Events and Arts Education

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Decatur Area Arts Council (DAAC)

Deadline Date:

05/01/19 4:30 PM


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Grants to Decatur Area, Illinois nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, IHEs, hospitals, arts organizations, religious organizations, and shelters for educational arts programming and community arts events. Priority will be given to programs benefitting underserved communities. Programs may take place in Macon County, and the communities of Assumption, Clinton, Moweaqua, Pana, and Taylorville.

Events and experiences that may qualify for a grant should have:

Artistic Intent:
-The arts are the main focus of the program.
-The project focuses around a legitimate art form or arts experience.

Artistic Quality:
-The project promotes high artistic standards.
-Professional artists are used. (A professional artist is one who has a resumé with the arts as the major focus and arts training in a particular art form.)

-The project demonstrates careful planning.
-The artist has experience working with the intended population.

High priority is given to projects that:
-Contain an arts education element
-Serve underserved populations (seniors, low economic groups, disabled, rural communities, etc.)
-Are open to the public, when appropriate
-Enhance cultural diversity
-Are not ongoing programs

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179895

Term of Contract:

Your project must start 30 days or more after the requested deadline.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant organization must be registered as a not-for-profit corporation with the office of Secretary of State, such as:

-Municipal agencies or units of government
-Pre-schools and K-12 schools
-School cultural groups or parent organizations
-Colleges and universities
-Shelter/mental health facilities
-Hospitals and nursing homes
-Religious organizations
-Arts organizations
-Community organizations

Things that cannot be funded include: Fundraisers, benefits, receptions or other social functions, capital expenditures, permanent equipment, deficit funding, out-of-state touring, scholarships, programs which begin prior to notification of the grant award, or programs where the arts are not the main focus.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applications are reviewed three times a year. Deadlines are 4:30 PM on October 1, February 1, and May 1. If the deadline falls on a weekend or legal holiday, applications are due on the next regular work day.

The full committee meets within three weeks of the grant deadline to make funding recommendations.

The applicant must be able to secure or contribute some of the total cash expense for the project. In-kind expenses may be included in the total cost of the project but a cash match of 30-50% is encouraged. An in-kind contribution is a good or service donated to your organization that you would otherwise spend money to obtain.

Funding cannot be received from the National Endowment for the Arts, Illinois Arts Council Agency and the Decatur Area Arts Council for the same project.

Contact Information:

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

Applications may be mailed, delivered, or emailed to:

Decatur Area Arts Council
125 N. Water St.
Decatur, IL 62523


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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois: Macon County, and the communities of Assumption, Clinton, Moweaqua, Pana and Taylorville