Grants & Programs

General Operating Support

The Illinois Arts Council Agency has streamlined the application and award process for the upcoming 2024 GOS funding cycle, see details below.

For returning 2023 GOS applicant awardees Fiscal Year 2024 GOS awards will be based on your Fiscal Year 2023 GOS application and award. The IACA will begin sending out email notifications directly to organizations on Tuesday, February 14, 2023.

For new applicants and organizations who did not receive Fiscal Year 2023 GOS grant awards you are encouraged to contact the appropriate Program Staff for full information on the application process (see staff listing below).

IACA General Operating Support Grants are offered to established not-for-profit organizations that make a significant local, regional, or statewide impact on the quality of life in Illinois. Grants recognize arts programing of high quality that is appropriate to and reflective of the communities served and that broaden opportunities for the public to participate in the arts.

Successful applicants demonstrate strong operations, stable management, ongoing assessment and evaluation, and a strong commitment to making artistic programs accessible and relevant to a diverse range of participants. Organizations must also show that their programs and activities have artistic, educational, and cultural value.

Informational Webinar and Drop Ins

Opportunities to connect with IACA staff for questions:

Drop-in sessions for questions (interactive), no registration is required. To join click on the link at the meeting time:

Illinois Arts Council Agency Staff Contacts

For specific information on this grant, contact the appropriate program staff. Please be aware staff are working remotely and it is recommended to reach out to them via email for more direct communications; send an email that contains your preferred contact telephone number and general timeline of when you are available. For technical assistance contact the Program Representative listed below.

Jerome Grand
Program Director
Phone: +1 (312) 814-6766

Dance, Ethnic & Folk Arts, Literature:
Susan Dickson
Program Director
Phone: +1 (312) 814-6740

Local Arts Agencies, Media Arts:
Teresa Davis
Program Director
Phone: +1 (312) 814-6753

Multidisciplinary, Theatre, Visual Arts:
Jackie Banks-Mahlum
Program Director
Phone: +1 (312) 814-4990

Music, Presenters Development (Interim):
Danielle Heal
Phone: +1 (312) 793-1060

Program Representative
Margaret Gonzalez
Phone: +1 (312) 814-6755

Contact Information