Grant Opportunity: Announcing Chicago’s Cultural Treasures

It’s time to design an arts and culture initiative — together. Chicago’s Cultural Treasures is a four-year initiative to support our city’s BIPOC-led and -focused arts and culture organizations as they face unprecedented challenges to their decades of leadership and resiliency. This is not a standard grantmaking initiative. Yes, there will be general operating grants — but also capacity-building and technical assistance tailored to meet the needs of Chicago’s diverse arts and culture community. Yes, we will have deadlines and processes, but we will not have a one-size-fits-all approach. We will work …

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Grant Opportunity: Arts Work Fund Think Explore Share

Next Grant Deadline: Dec. 30, 2020 Think Grants: Think grants give arts organizations the time and space to think through a question, analyze challenges and opportunities, and develop plans or small tests of change related to the current moment and its potential impact for the future. Competitive proposals will demonstrate how and why the organization selected the challenge or the questions to be examined and how they will structure their exploration. Explore Grants: Explore grants intended to provide for arts organizations that have fully developed ideas with the resources to test and …

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Grant Announcement: Bayless Family Foundation Signal Grant Program

We all know 2020 has irrevocably changed the theatre industry in Chicago. When speaking with theatres this year, we heard that one of the biggest fears coming was the cash flow crisis around the start of a production. We hope to alleviate some of the stress of ticket pre-sales, hiring and paying artists and technicians, and acquiring the materials needed to bring a production to life. We are awarding 12 companies a one-time grant of $25,000 to defray the mounting costs for a live, multi-week production for an in-person audience. For more …

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Grant Announcement: MacArthur Funds for Culture, Equity, and the Arts at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation

The next application deadline for the MacArthur Funds for Culture, Equity, and the Arts at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation is January 19, 2021, 6 pm CDT. Groups with actual expenses of under $150,000 in the most recently completed fiscal year may apply. (The deadline for groups with expenses between $150,000 and $500,000 is May 3, 2021.) This funding program, a partnership between the MacArthur and Driehaus foundations and administered by Driehaus, supports exemplary small and mid-sized cultural organizations in Chicago. It provides general operating grants that help enable groups of all …

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Illinois Arts Council Agency Artist Fellowship Awards Deadline Approaching

The Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) 2021 Artists Fellowship Program is open and the deadline is rapidly approaching. Applications are due to the Illinois Arts Council’s electronic SlideRoom system by November 2, 2020 at 11:59pm. The awards will be announced in the spring of 2021. A recording of the Artist Fellowship webinar is posted on the IACA website: https://arts.illinois.gov/Workshops%20%26%20Webinars Artist Fellowship Program The IACA will provide a limited number of $15,000 awards across the following discipline categories: • Literature (includes sub-categories of poetry, prose, and scriptworks) • Media Arts (category includes audio …

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Deadline Extended Thru March 31 for the 2020 Saints Arts Grants Applications

The Saints Grants Commission is hoping to add a bright spot to these uncertain times by extending our application deadline. We look forward to reviewing your best project ideas! The Saints invite and encourage theater, dance, and music organizations to apply for this grant assistance to be used for artistic development or production-related purposes. Some examples Saints Grant applicants can request funding for but are not limited to: costumes/puppetry, the commissioning or licensing of works, improvements to applicant-owned premises, community engagement and enrichment projects, or computer and technical items such as sound …

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