Applications are now open for the 2020 CityArts Program

Applications are now open for the 2020 CityArts Program, offering grants to nonprofit arts and culture organizations of all sizes. This year’s program includes opportunities to apply for general operating grants across all artistic disciplines, as well as project grants in alignment with the Year of Chicago Music.

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The Saints announce the opening of the 2020 Saints Arts Grants Program

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 or lighting needs. Budget requests up to $5,000 will be considered for projects covering the performance year from June 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021. Requesting organizations must be …

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TCG Funding Available for Actors

The Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships program is a grant where actors are given the opportunity to grow artistically and professionally in collaboration with a Theatre Communications Group (TCG) member theatre. The grant seeks to deepen and enrich an actor’s relationship with a not-for-profit theatre, placing actors as the nexus between theatres and communities, serving the community’s needs in a meaningful way. Actors are selected in two categories: Exceptional Merit: $15,000 (with an additional $10,000 available to relieve student loan debt) supports actors who are established in their careers as working professionals …

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The Bayless Family Foundation is accepting Stepping Stone Grant applications

The Bayless Family Foundation is still accepting applications for the Stepping Stone Grants now through October 11th. The grants seek to build the capacity of established Chicago Theatres who have a vision for institutional and artistic growth. Past recipients include Albany Park Theatre Project, Porchlight Music Theatre, and Steep Theatre. Additional information and application information can be found on the Foundation’s website (https://www.baylessfoundation.org/apply).

Illinois Arts Council Agency Announces Availability of Fiscal Year 2020 Open Deadline Grants

The Illinois Arts Council Agency is pleased to announce the release of Fiscal Year 2020 guidelines and application materials for its open deadline programs. Grant requests for fiscal year 2020 will be accepted until funds are fully committed or by May 15, 2019 for activities occurring through August 31, 2020. Applications must be received no less than 8 weeks prior to the project start date. StARTS Program – Short-term Artists Residencies – provides support of up to $4,500 to eligible Illinois not-for-profit organizations, schools, and school districts for short term residencies focused …

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The Saints Award Grants to Metro Chicago Performing Arts Companies

The Saints, Volunteers for the Performing Arts, announce the awarding of more than $78,000 in grants to 22 performing arts groups in the Chicago metropolitan area for 2019. The grants will be awarded to dance, music and theater organizations for 2019-20 projects. Over the last twenty-five years, the Saints have given more than $1,000,000 to over 250 companies and venues. The 2019 grants are funding: enhancement of performance space, the crafting of unique costumes & props, licensing of works, musical instruments, the purchase of various kinds of technical equipment and more. Awardees, …

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Year of Chicago Theatre Opportunities

The City of Chicago and the League of Chicago Theatres have designated 2019 as the Year of Chicago Theatre. This citywide, year-long focus on theatre is the first of its kind in the U.S. The initiative includes performances and special events for the public at hundreds of cultural venues, theaters, parks and neighborhood locations throughout the city. The City of Chicago and its partners will also launch a marketing campaign; provide additional financial grants to theatre projects; encourage dialog around inclusion and equity; and call on civic, philanthropic, arts and business leaders …

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