The Illinois Arts Council supports universal access to the arts. The Council abides by state and federal laws that prohibit public support to organizations (people or entities) that discriminate against people with disabilities. Therefore, each grantee is required to assure that they are in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).
By signing an Illinois Arts Council application or grant agreement, grantees are in effect acknowledging that their programs, services, and facilities are accessible, or a plan to make them accessible is in place and being followed. Funds may not be granted unless applicants are able, if requested, to provide documentation of their efforts to be in compliance.
To help you through these requirements, you can access the National Endowment for the Arts website to download a copy of the "Section 504 Self Evaluation Workbook"
The Illinois Arts Council provides technical assistance and consultation to organizations seeking assistance in ADA Compliance, contact the IAC 504/ADA Coordinator, Encarnacion Teruel at 312-814-6753 or TTY 888-261-7957.
For additional information and technical assistance the Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC): Great Lakes ADA Center provides information, materials, technical assistance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), visit the website at:
A thorough listing of information on accessibility and the arts is also available through the National Endowment for the Arts website.
For additional information and assistance with accessibility as it relates to the arts and Section 504, you can contact:
NEA Office for AccessAbility: 202-682-5532 voice or 202-682-5496 TDD
ADA hotline at 1-800-949-4232 voice/TDD
GRANT NOTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
Organizations that receive an IAC grant are required as part of their grant agreement to notify by letter their state representative, state senator, and the Office of the Governor of the IAC grant amount and the project or program it helps support. Copies of these three letters must be submitted to the IAC with the signed grant agreements, cash request, and other required documents before grant funds will be released.
Grant recipients must credit the IAC in all promotional material and public notices following notification of funding through the end of the grant period in the following manner:
This program (or project) is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
For further information regarding usage of the logo and to download a copy, go to the logo page of this website.
Recipients of federally funded IAC grants:
If you were notified that your grant was funded through federal funds you must, in addition to acknowledging support from the Illinois Arts Council, credit the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Please use this language in all promotional material and public notices:
"This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts"
When possible include the NEA logo in addition to the IAC's logo. You may download the NEA logo from the NEA website.
Final report forms are due within 30 days following the end of the grant period. Failure to submit a final report jeopardizes the receipt of future Council funding and will cause the following penalties to be imposed:
GRANTS FUNDS RECOVERY ACT
Any grant funds determined to have been misspent or improperly held are subject to recovery according to the terms of the Grants Funds Recovery Act of 1984, as amended. Project expenditures are deemed to consist of grant funds in the same proportions as defined by the matching requirement for the project grant.