Grants & Programs

Summer Youth Employment in the Arts Program

The Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) Summer Youth Employment in the Arts (SYEA) program provides funds to eligible Illinois not-for-profit arts organizations to support summer employment opportunities for high school students. Duties may be administrative or artistic in nature, or a combination of both.

SYEA is only open to organizations that have received an IACA Program Grant, Grant to Arts Service Organizations, or Partners in Excellence Grant in Fiscal Year  2022 or 2023.

The FY23 deadline is December 6, 2022.

FY23 guidelines can be accessed here

New Online Platform
In FY22 we transferred to a new online system that is different than the eGrant system used in previous years. To help you navigate the new system there is a recorded webinar on the IACA Workshops and Webinars page.

Drop-in Session
There will be an online drop-in meeting to answer questions about the grant program or new platform. This is not a presentation so please bring any questions you may have. Pre-registration is not available. To join click on the link at the meeting time:

For further information about Summer Youth Employment in the Arts, contact Jerome Grand, Program Director, by email: or by phone: (312) 814-6766.

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