Grants & Programs

Program Grant

Due to COVID 19 restrictions around social distancing and the State of Illinois “work from home” order, the 2021 Program Grant awards will be announced slightly later than usual. The Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) hopes to have decisions to the field by early October. Start dates for the grants will be adjusted accordingly.

We will continue to do our best to keep you updated.  If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the appropriate IACA Program Director. Contact information and general announcements can be found on the IACA website at

Program Grant funds provide general operating support 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 programming 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. 

Illinois Grant Accountability and Transparency Act 

  • Before submitting an application through the Illinois Arts Council Agency’s eGrant system, applicants must first complete a validation process through the State of Illinois’s Grantee Portal to obtain a pre-qualification status. The IACA will not be able to consider an application for funding until the applicant has completed this step.
  • Pre-qualification through the Grantee Portal is required for all organizations, units of government, and schools and school-affiliate organizations applying for grant funding from the IACA.
  • To obtain a pre-qualification status, go to the Grantee Portal (
  • Refer to the Grant Accountability and Transparancy Act/GATA page on the IACA website for specific details.

The FY21 EXTENDED deadline is April 10, 2020
The FY21 Guidelines can be accessed HERE.  

Application Assistance:
Workshops will provide an overview of the application and review process. For details visit the Workshops & Webinars webpage.