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Opportunities for Communities

IAC Grants for Communities

General Operating Support (GOS) & Youth Employment in the Arts (YEA)

Opens: TBD
Deadline: TBD

GOS Grant Range: TBD
YEA Grant Range: Up to $4,500 per year for up to 4 Youth Employees.  

General Operating Support (GOS) Grants are available for Illinois non-profit organizations that provide ongoing arts programming.

Youth Employment in the Arts (YEA) Grants provide funds to GOS grantees for individuals between the ages of 14-22.

Creative Catalyst Grant (CCG)

Opens: TBD
Deadline: TBD

Grant Range: TBD

Creative Catalyst Grants (CCG) are available to Illinois artists and non-profit organizations that have unique arts projects that need financial support. If an organizational applicant receives GOS support this programming must be outside of regular operational needs.

Regional Arts Partners (RAP)

Opens: TBD
Deadline: TBD

Grant Range: Varies

The Regional Arts Partners (RAP) Program creates a partnership between the Illinois Arts Council (IAC) and IAC-designated organizations by providing funds to expand local mechanisms that encourage and support developing arts programs throughout the organization’s service area. Based on the assessment and perception of local needs, the RAP Program’s regranting funds make it possible for designated RAPs to develop grantmaking processes that are responsive to their service area.

Community Public Artworks Fund

Opens: July 15, 2024
Deadline: September 6, 2024
Grant Range: TBD

The Community Public Artworks Fund supports the creation of public artworks.


IAC Initiatives for Communities

Local Arts Network

The Local Arts Network (LAN) is an initiative to build capacity and excellence amongst Local Arts Agencies so they can better serve their communities and to provide opportunities for validation and support. The LAN is open to leaders from Local Arts Agencies across Illinois.

Illinois Creative Collaborative

Additional State Funding and Other Resources

Illinois DCEO Grants

DCEO's grant programs provide funds to organizations throughout Illinois that support and maintain a strong economy. To better assist potential and current grantees, this page contains a variety of resources to provide end to end support for grant recipients.

NEA Our Town

Part 1 deadline is August 1, 2024;
Part 2 is open August 8-15


National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Guidelines and application instructions for Our Town are now available online. Through project-based funding for cross-sector partnership work, the program supports activities that integrate arts, culture, and design into local efforts that strengthen communities.

Discipline-Specific Resources

Search for additional state and national resources for organizations through the IAC's Discipline-Specific Resources database.    

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