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Performing Arts Venue Relief Grants Program

Grants to Illinois Arts-Based Nonprofits and Businesses in Eligible
Locations for Assistance During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) - Arts for Illinois Relief Fund

Conf. Date:

10/08/20

Deadline Date:

10/23/20 5:00 PM CST

Description:

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Illinois nonprofit and for-profit arts and culture organizations in eligible locations for support during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended to assist performing arts organizations that have been financially impacted by the pandemic. Funds will be allocated through an equity lens that considers the history of disinvestment and the disproportionate burden of COVID-19 on the South and West sides of Chicago.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 192691

Number of Grants:

Up to 120 for-profit and nonprofit performing arts venues will receive grants

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $10,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The program will prioritize funding organizations located on the South and West sides, in LMI (Low and Moderate Income) community areas, organizations that were not eligible for the City of Chicago’s Together Now program, and organizations that have not received grants through the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund, the City of Chicago’s Together Now program, or the 2020 CityArts Large program for organizations with budgets over $2M.

To be eligible to apply for a Performing Arts Venue Relief Program grant, organizations must meet the following criteria:
- Have a primary mission/purpose to produce or present performing arts programming, including theatre, dance, comedy, performance art, and/or music, including live mixing by DJs.
- Have a PPA (Public Place of Amusement) or Music and Dance license in good standing.
- Be located in the city of Chicago with a valid street address (P.O. Boxes will not be accepted).
- Own or lease year-round a venue or club that is demonstrated as a primary component of the organization, at which performing arts performances are the primary amusement/activity, as verified by past programmatic listings and website content documenting featured artists.
- Be an independent venue that is not owned, run, or exclusively booked by a multinational corporation or publicly-traded company.
- Must have been incorporated and operating since at least December 2019.
- Must not be able to open at full capacity as part of Restore Illinois or Reopening Chicago Phase 4.
- Must pay fair fees to artists in accordance with standard wage and labor laws.
- Must have experienced an earned revenue loss of at least 75% due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Must not owe more than $2,500 in unpaid fees, services, or other costs to the City of Chicago.

Grants may not be used for severance pay, workforce bonuses other than hazard pay or overtime, property taxes, legal settlements, or reimbursement to other parties for goods or services previously donated.

The following entities are not eligible to apply:
- Organizations applying using a fiscal agent.
- Organizations applying on behalf of an organization/program for which they serve as a fiscal agent or fiscal sponsor.
- National chain businesses or not-for-profit organizations that have a national affiliation.
- Religious institutions.
- Public or governmental agencies.
- Athletic teams, social organizations, fraternal organizations.
- Strip clubs or adult entertainment facilities.
- Individuals.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Interested applicants are encouraged to attend an application assistance webinar on Thursday, October 8 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/venue-program-info-session-tickets-123724718965

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is October 23, 2020, at 5:00 PM Central Standard Time.

Grant recipients will be chosen via lottery on November 16, 2020, and notified of their acceptance.

ACH payments will be distributed in November/December.

Only one application per organization will be accepted even if the organization has multiple venues.

FAQ: https://artsforillinois.org/fund-faq

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://accionilin.formstack.com/forms/venue_grant

Submit questions: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/998680afd7b94617b9a8c119a5471d56

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