2023 Grant Cycle: Return to this webpage after the new year for more information about the the 2023 grant cycle.
Recognizing that access to art in our communities is a crucial element of the quality of our lives, ComEd has partnered with the League of Chicago Theatres to administer the ComEd Powering the Arts Program. Through this program ComEd and the League of Chicago Theatres look to reach audiences throughout the ComEd service area that have otherwise been unable to access arts and cultural offerings.
The ComEd Powering the Arts Program awards grants of up to $10,000 to arts and culture organizations supporting their efforts to reach new and diverse audiences in ComEd’s service area of northern Illinois. Grant recipients can use the Powering the Arts grants in combination with other funding sources to cover a portion of the expenses associated with developing and/or supporting their programs for reaching these audiences.
Eligible applicants are nonprofit arts and cultural institutions that are located within ComEd’s service territory, and must be in good standing with ComEd related to provision of utilities. Organizations currently receiving funding from ComEd or organizations that were awarded the Powering the Arts grant in 2021 or 2022 may not apply for this grant for the 2023 cycle. Schools, school districts, governments, and government-run organizations are not eligible to apply.
Before applying, please check ComEd’s service territory map to ensure your proposed project is located within the service territory boundaries. We are unable to fund projects that are located outside the service territory boundaries. Please also download and read the full program guidelines before completing your application.
1. (Not currently available) Download the 2023 Program Guidelines HERE.
2. (Not currently available) Download the 2023 Application Form HERE.
3. Apply for the ComEd Powering the Arts Program by emailing your completed application form (in Microsoft Word or PDF format) to PoweringTheArts@ChicagoPlays.com.
If you have questions about this program please email PoweringTheArts@ChicagoPlays.com or call Jamie Abelson, Director of Programs, at (312) 554-9805.
Read About the 2022 Grant Recipients: 18 Northern Illinois Arts Organizations Awarded Grants from ComEd and League of Chicago Theatres.
Read About the 2021 Grant Recipients: 16 Northern Illinois Arts Organizations Awarded Grants from ComEd and League of Chicago Theatres.
Read About the 2020 Grant Recipients: 12 Northern Illinois Arts Organizations Awarded Grants from ComEd and League of Chicago Theatres.